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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - 1963
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - 1963
  • 1963 mad, mad, mad, mad money: $350,000
  • Inflation adj. for 2008: $2.5 million
  • At the start of this all-star comedy epic, eight nutcases head for "the big W" in California to dig up a briefcase with $350,000 in stolen cash. They initially planned to divide the "tax-free" money, but couldn't agree on whether to do it by person, group or vehicle.

    Agreement failed and greed prevailed, so they all split up and set off by car, truck, airplane and even a broken child's bicycle in a "mad" dash for the money.

    Adjusted for inflation, the loot would be worth an impressive $2.5 million in 2008 dollars. If the schemers could have found a way to work together, they would have walked away with about $44,000 apiece in 1963 dollars, or $300,000 today.

    But as other characters joined the chase during the nearly three-hour marathon, the slices of pie got progressively thinner, until the briefcase broke open and the cash scattered across a crowd of thousands.

    There must be a moral here somewhere.

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    Last updated May 23 2008: 3:58 PM ET