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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) was a Musical - Comedy Film directed by Richard Lester and produced by Melvin Frank.

Academy Awards 1966 --- Ceremony Number 39 (source: AMPAS)

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

By Beatrice on Apr 21, 2019 From Flickers in Time

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Directed by Richard Lester Written by Melvin Frank and Michael Pertwee from the book to the Broadway musical and an ancient play by Titus Maccias Plautus 1966/USA Melvin Frank Production First viewing/Netflix rental Add Stephen Sondheim’s songs to... Read full article


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I got one vote for a forum (from my husband), so that’s good enough for me! Please click on the image below (it’s also in the sidebar to your right) and you will be whisked away to the brand new TCE forum! See you there! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are co... Read full article


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Pseudolus: We'll need a body. Anybody's body.
Hysterium: Can you get one from Gusto the Body Snatcher?
Pseudolus: He owes me a favor! But he died yesterday.
Hysterium: Uh - what about HIS body?
Pseudolus: Somebody snatched it. Uh, let's see... who do we know that's dead?
Hysterium: [sadly] I wish *I* was.
[Pseudolus grins madly at him. As if to say, "Aha! That's it!"]


Hero: Hysterium, this is Philia.
Hysterium: Never mind who she is! Who IS she?


Pseudolus: Wait!
Hero: Yes?
Pseudolus: A brilliant idea!
Hero: Yes!
Pseudolus: That's what we need, a brilliant idea.


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During filming, actor Phil Silvers locked himself in his trailer and refused to come out. Director Richard Lester asked Jon Pertwee to step into the role of Lycus, as he already knew the part after performing it on stage. Once Silvers heard he had been replaced, he came out of his trailer, bursting with new enthusiasm for the project. Pertwee was given the (much) smaller role of Crassus as compensation.
Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford reprised their roles from the original Broadway production. Phil Silvers had been offered the role of Psuedolus on Broadway, but turned it down because he couldn't wear his glasses, and feared an onstage accident. Silvers went on to play Psuedolus in a 1972 revival.
The picture's four main stars, Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers , Jack Gilford and Michael Crawford, were dubbed "The Forum Quorum" on the set.
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