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

  • Scads of them, but the Banana Peel example ends the film on a truly classic note.
  • The final chase, that ends in a fire truck ladder and prime cut slapstick.
  • "Except you, lady. May you just— drop DEAD!"
    • "Okay, so we all agree on that..."
  • Pike trashing the gas station. ALL OF IT.
    • "That's it, Irwin— we're gonna have to kill him!"
    • And the nearby police watching the whole thing in disbelief.
      "Holy jumping! They're going back for more!"
    • "My arm! You broke my arm!"
    • Then after the whole thing is over, the police move in:
      Cop: Are you fellas' alright?
      Ray: Now they show up! Where were you when we needed you?
      Irwin: Writing parking tickets, I suppose.
      Cop: (in disbelief) They're still alive!
  • The Crumps' attempts to break out of the locked store room. Culminating with Melville making one final attempt, destroying the staircase while he's standing on it.
    Melville: (after Monica digs him out of the rubble) " let's forget about the door, huh?"
  • Russell and Hawthorne's fight. None of their punches connect — they either duck, or just fail on their own (the final shot of them before the intermission has them aim punches at each other only for their fists to collide halfway across). Fantastic.
    Hawthorne: You're not much good without that horrible mother-in-law of yours, are you? (Russell then Eye Pokes him)
  • The climactic montage of catastrophe right before the intermission. All the set-ups come to a fantastic finish here:
    • The Crumps using extinguishers to try and put out the fire in the hardware store basement.
    • Meyer's car sinks into the "shallow" river. The musical sting as the boy waves goodbye to Meyer is the icing on the cake.
    • Russell and Hawthorne fail utterly in their attempts to beat the tar out of each other after Hawthorne's car overturns.
    • Mrs. Marcus wails to Emmeline and Pike that she is bleeding after her ride on the runaway tow truck.
    • Sylvester blubbers frantically as he speeds on his way to "save" his mother from unknown danger.
    • Benjy and Dingy scream in terror as their plane spins completely out of control and crashes through a Coca-Cola billboard.
    • A thoroughly miserable Culpeper holds two phone receivers next to each other as his daughter cries hysterically over one phone and his wife tries to talk her down by blaming Culpepper for everything over the other phone. Leading to one of Culpepper's subordinates coming in and innocently asking if there's anything wrong. Then Culpepper slowly turns to look at him.
    • ... and then a pleasant pause with some nice music while you're picking yourself off the floor.
  • The Three Stooges' wordless five-second cameo.
  • Benjy and Dingy in the airplane.
    Dingy: What's this coming?!
    Benjy: That's good, that's cement.

    Benjy: Dingy, don't let this worry you: we're gonna get killed.
    • And the air-control tower trying to talk them down.
    • And how about when the air control tower told them to stay calm? Dingy and Benjy become calm like they're told, but Dingy quickly snaps out of it in time to see Benjy with a goofy expression on his face serenely letting go of the controls.
      Dingy: (Dope Slaps Benjy) Not that calm, you idiot!
    • Also this exchange, when Dingy is trying to snap Benjy out of his frozen fear state:
      Dingy: (Dope Slaps Benjy a few times) Benjy don't freeze! Benjy don't freeze!
      Benjy: [Snaps out of it] You hit me!
    • There's also when the tower tells them that the person at the controls has to be the one on the radio, and Dingy tries to force the headset onto a noncooperative Benjy:
      Benjy: What, you want me to fly the plane and work the radio? What are you, the hostess?!
    • And shortly thereafter, when the control tower asks who's flying the plane:
      Dingy: Who's flying the plane? Nobody's flying the plane!
    • After the return from the intermission, there's a brief recap of where everyone is. Dingy and Benjy's scene shows the plane rolling over and over, while the unconscious pilot gets thrown about in the background.
  • Russell, Hawthorne, and Mrs. Marcus are having a fight by the side of the road when Jack Benny drives by:
    Benny: Trouble? Anyone having any trouble?
    Mrs. Marcus: Yes! And we don't need any help from you!
    Benny: [offended] ...Well!
  • Joe E. Brown doing what he does best.
    "Hey! Hey! HEEEEEEY!"
  • Sylvester's girlfriend go-go dancing in a bikini, with a stone face that Buster Keaton would envy. They music they're dancing to pauses for a second, they both stop perfectly in sync, and continue once the song does, giving no acknowledgement to the ringing phone.
    • Later, on Mrs. Marcus's third attempt at calling him they're finally dancing to soft, slow music and so are able to hear the phone. Sylvester just keeps dancing to the ringer.
  • Jerry Lewis driving over Culpeper's hat, after it got thrown out the window by accident.
  • Don Knotts's cameo as an (of course) nervous driver, especially since he's paired with con-man Phil Silvers, who covers by pretending to be a secret agent ("Can you handle a gun?").
  • A wonderful quiet moment in all the noise - as they all frantically dig for the treasure, Benjy suddenly notices the unfamiliar Culpeper next to him. He stares fixedly, then Culpeper turns, stares back...and slowly breaks into a big friendly smile. Benjy slowly smiles back, then turns away with a big, goofy 'yeah, this is good' grin.
  • Mrs. Marcus in stunned disbelief at how badly her call to Sylvester has backfired, before snapping out of it. "EXACTLY LIKE YOUR FATHER! A big, stupid, muscle-headed moron!"
    • Also the moment when the other treasure-seekers foil her Victoria's Secret Compartment moment with the car keys by turning her upside down and shaking her.
  • Pretty much any time Sylvester opens his mouth due to his different manner of speaking. Particularly his last line:
    Sylvester: You could've taken a fair share like the rest of us, but had to... grab up the whole scene, baby.
    • Then there's the part where he catches up with Russell and Hawthorne, whom he believes mistreated (and possibly raped) his mother. It's basically a slapstick version of No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
      Sylvester: Are you English?! Just answer me, ARE YOU ENGLISH?!?!
      Hawthorne: Well yes, as a matter of fact I am.
      Sylvester: (starts to hyperventilate with rage)
      Hawthorne: What's the matter, don't you like the English?
      Sylvester: AAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!! (tosses him from a low bridge)
    • And a minute later:
      Hawthorne: Have a care, that chap's run absolutely amok!
    • While he's chasing them:
      Sylvester: "Boy, are you bugging me, man! It...I'm getting bugged here, woah man!"
      Sylvester: "I'm coming to save you, Momma! It's why you had me!"
  • Pike's growing enmity with Mrs. Marcus:
    Pike: Listen, anything you can say about your mother in law, you don't have to tell me! You know what I mean? It's like, if she were the star of a real crummy horror movie, I'd believe it!
  • Melville Crump assuring his wife Monica that the plane from 1916 is perfectly safe. Then it bounces off the ground a couple times before taking off properly.
  • Pretty much everything the two cab drivers say, especially the one played by Columbo.
  • The scene earlier on when everyone tries to figure out what the big W is.
  • Pike finally discovering the big W.
  • "Who're they?!" "I don't know!" "Mama this is like a convention!"
  • Mrs. Marcus whacking anybody in the crowd who tries to grab the money.
  • Every frame where Jimmy Durante is on screen.
  • Meyer's Rage Against the Heavens before driving into a river, interrupting his tirade to the kid to simply look up and shout "Why? WHY!?!?"
  • The whole final chase sequence, where the fourteen treasure hunters pile into two cabs to chase down Culpeper. Poor Pike keeps almost getting left behind.
  • The miner 'convincing' Mr. Meyers to help him bring medecine to his wife:
    Miner: "LISTEN! Don't force me to get ROUGH!" (rips off the steering wheel).
    • And it's obvious he's trying to be reasonable, too.
    (Beat) Oh, I'm, uh... sorry about the car.
  • Mrs. Marcus's Eureka Moment: She, Russell, and Emaline, are being given a ride by Col. Hawthorne. Everything is perfectly calm and quiet, then:
  • "I said it before and I'll say it again...I didn't wanna move to California."