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

Main Characters

Capt. T. G. Culpeper

Portrayed by: Spencer Tracy

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.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Melville Crump, destroyer of a hardware store basement and the adjoining part of a laundromat.

Monica Crump

Portrayed by: Edie Adams

J. Russell Finch

Portrayed by: Milton Berle

Emmeline Marcus-Finch

Portrayed by: Dorothy Provine

Mrs. Marcus

Portrayed by: Ethel Merman

  • Control Freak
  • Evil Matriarch
  • Handbag of Hurt: Mrs. Marcus has a habit of hitting other people with her purse when really angry. The following characters she's hit with her purse are: Melville Crump, J. Russell Finch, Col. Hawthorne, Otto Meyer, and a random pedestrian.
  • Hate Sink: She's perpetually annoying and the cause of a few problems.
  • Jerkass
    • Jerkass Has a Point: She's the one that suggests simply splitting the $350,000, but if anybody listened to her, we wouldn't have had a movie.
      • Also no one could agree on a fair way to split the money. Some of them were there alone, while others were with a spouse or friend. So if it was per person, the Finches would get more, while if it was per car, the Finches would get less.
  • Karma Houdini: A lot of viewers think her behavior warrants more than a final scene pratfall.
  • Large Ham
  • Motor Mouth: She NEVER shuts up.
  • My Beloved Smother-In-Law
    Mrs. Marcus: "Oh, Emmeline, shut up!"
    Russell: "Mother..."
    Mrs. Marcus: "And you too!"
  • Nice Hat
  • Perpetual Frowner: Not once in the entire movie does she smile.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: When Sylvester tells her he's coming for her and hangs up on her, she repeats to the others what he said in a neutral voice, then goes on a loud tirade about how he doesn't listen. The rest of the time, she's just shouting, no "suddenly" about it.

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

The Cabbies