Characters: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Main Characters

Capt. T. G. Culpepper

Portrayed by: Spencer Tracy

  • Anti-Villain
  • Big Bad: In the sense that he'll intercept the winner. Played straight in the end.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: His wife and daughter.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Face-Heel Turn
  • Fallen Hero: At the end.
  • Henpecked Husband: He is often being belittled by his wife on the phone. This leads to his Face Heel Turn.
  • Lawman Gone Bad: Becomes this in the climax.
  • Nice Hat
  • Only Sane Man: Subverted
  • Retirony: Of sorts. While he doesn't die, he's certainly not going to enjoy his retired life.
  • Tempting Fate: All of his comments on how everything will go right for him today. By the end of the day, he loses his job, pension, and family.
  • Tragic Villain: Political forces screw him out of a proper pension, so he decides to steal the money for himself, causing him to lose everything, then he's informed that they would have given him a good pension after all.

Melville Crump

Portrayed by: Sid Caesar

  • Butt Monkey
  • Covered in Gunge: He winds up getting covered with paint while in the hardware store.
  • Straight Man: Melville acted this way when trying to divvy up the money between himself and the others, before negotiations broke down.

Monica Crump

Portrayed by: Edie Adams

J. Russell Finch

Portrayed by: Milton Berle

Emmaline Marcus-Finch

Portrayed by: Dorothy Provine

Mrs. Marcus

Portrayed by: Ethel Merman

Lennie Pike

Portrayed by: Jonathan Winters

Dingy Bell

Portrayed by: Mickey Rooney

Benjy Benjamin

Portrayed by: Buddy Hackett

Otto Meyer

Portrayed by: Phil Silvers

Col. Algernon Hawthorne

Portrayed by: Terry-Thomas

Sylvester Marcus

Portrayed by: Dick Shawn