This seems to have been made for the specific purpose of show-casing as many comedians in funny roles as possible. Usually, the comedians are shown in small groups acting out situations that are subplots of the main arc, which is the mad dash cross-California to retrieve a large hidden stash of money that they find out about at the beginning from something Jimmy Durante tells them just before (literally) kicking the bucket.
I found the movie even funnier on the second viewing, which is a good sign. But I hold with my original complaint as well, which is that it is about 20% too long. Indeed, even the title is about 20% too long! Some of the subplots are simply drawn out too long; I want to say, “Okay, I got it, next!”
An exception is the thread assigned to Sid Caesar and Edie Adams. Their situations are simply perfect, from the WWI-vintage airplane ride to trying to break out of the hardware store basement. Edie Adams deserves a lot of credit as the “straight girl” to set up Caesar’s facial expressions and antics.
On the other hand, they lay it on a bit too thick for my taste with Ethel Merman ‘s loud-mouthing as Milton Berle’s shrewish mother-in-law.
Nonetheless, of an evening with a beer and nothing to do, it won’t really seem too long.
Watch for minor roles of Don Knotts (future Barney Fife of Mayberry), Peter Falk (future Columbo) and Jim Backus (future Thurston Howell on Gilligan’s Island).