A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  16 October 1966 (USA)
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A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Greene ...
Gladiator Instructor
Alfie Bass ...
Roman Chief Guard
Pamela Brown ...
High Priestess
Patricia Jessel ...
Beatrix Lehmann ...
Domina's Mother
Roman Sentry


Pseudolus is the laziest slave in Rome and has but one wish, to purchase his freedom. When his master and mistress leave for the day he finds out that the young master has fallen in love with a virgin in the house of Lycus, a slave dealer specializing in beautiful women. Pseudolus concocts a deal in which he will be freed if he can procure the girl for young Hero. Of course, it can't be that simple as everything begins to go wrong. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Release Date:

16 October 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aptallar sehri  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford reprised their roles from the original Broadway production. Phil Silvers had been offered the role of Pseudolus on Broadway, but turned it down because he couldn't wear his glasses, and feared an onstage accident. Silvers went on to play Pseudolus in a 1972 revival. See more »


In the middle of "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid," Pseudolus mouths the words, "giving out," but it's Senex's voice we hear. See more »


Lycus: I'll kill him! I'll kill him!
Crassus: Who?
Lycus: The lyingest, cheatingest, sloppiest slave in all Rome!
Crassus: Oh, Pseudolus.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits depict a Roman orgy; however finally an animated character lifts up the MPAA seal which brings an immediate stop to the orgiastic revelry. See more »


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The Dirge
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Leon Greene and ensemble
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It's fast, it's funny, it's Lester
6 July 2001 | by (Haddonfield, NJ) – See all my reviews

Recently re-released on DVD, this film is a revelation for anyone who has only seen the pan-and-scan version. So many of the film's visual jokes are lost when you can't see the whole picture, and if there's one thing Richard Lester knows how to do, it's pack in visual jokes. Some people complain that Lester altered the original show too much, cutting songs and dialogue alike, but this is the only way people can see Zero Mostel's fantastic -- and frenetic -- performance, so count your blessings. Michael Hordern is also a hoot as the whipped Senex. Other members of Lester's stock company put in appearances, from Frank Thornton and John Bluthal to the always-welcome Roy Kinnear (as a matter-of-fact gladiator trainer). And Michael Crawford never had it better than when he was in front of Lester's camera.

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