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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (16-Oct-1966)

Director: Richard Lester

Writers: Melvin Frank; Michael Pertwee

From a play: Harold S. Prince; book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart

Music and Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim

Producer: Melvin Frank

Keywords: Comedy, Ancient Rome

A resourceful slave of Ancient Rome must finagle a match between his master's son and a neighborhood courtesan, who is already betrothed; success would bring manumission. This fast-paced comedy is Zero Mostel's signature role; Buster Keaton's final film. Won an Oscar for Best Adapted Score, though there are glaring musical omissions from the Broadway original. Best viewed as the widescreen version.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Alfie Bass
8-Apr-1921 15-Jul-1987 Bootsie and Snudge
Pamela Brown
8-Jul-1917 18-Sep-1975 Lust for Life
Michael Crawford
19-Jan-1942   The original Phantom
Jack Gilford
25-Jul-1908 2-Jun-1990 Save the Tiger
Michael Hordern
3-Oct-1911 2-May-1995 The Slipper and the Rose
Buster Keaton
4-Oct-1895 1-Feb-1966 The General
Roy Kinnear
8-Jan-1934 20-Sep-1988 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Zero Mostel
28-Feb-1915 8-Sep-1977 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Jon Pertwee
07-Jul-1919 20-May-1996 3rd Doctor on Doctor Who
Phil Silvers
11-May-1911 1-Nov-1985 You're in the Army Now
Frank Thornton
15-Jan-1921 16-Mar-2013 Are You Being Served?


Zero Mostel   ...   Pseudolus
Phil Silvers   ...   Marcus Lycus
Also Starring
Buster Keaton   ...   Erronius
Michael Crawford   ...   Hero
Jack Gilford   ...   Hysterium
Annette Andre   ...   Philia
Michael Hordern   ...   Senex
Leon Greene   ...   Capt. Miles Gloriosus
Roy Kinnear   ...   Gladiator Instructor
Alfie Bass   ...   Gatekeeper
John Bluthal   ...   Roman Chief Guard
Pamela Brown   ...   High Priestess
Patricia Jessel   ...   Domina
Beatrix Lehmann   ...   Mother Domina
Frank Thornton   ...   Sentry
Peter Butterworth   ...   Sentry
John Bennett   ...   Supporting Cast
Andrew Faulds   ...   Supporting Cast
Jennifer Baker   ...   Geminae #1
Susan Baker   ...   Geminae #2
Ron Brody   ...   Roman Soldier
Frank Elliott   ...   Supporting Cast
Lucienne Bridou   ...   Panacea
Helen Funai   ...   Tintinabula
Bill Kerr   ...   Gladiator Trainee
Jack May   ...   Shopkeeper
Inga Neilsen   ...   Gymnasia
Jon Pertwee   ...   Crassus
Janet Webb   ...   Fertilla
Myrna White   ...   Vibrata


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