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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (1966)

Pseudolus isn't exactly a very good "slave"; wishing to purchase his freedom from his master, he devises a plan that involves slave-dealer Lycus, a young virgin, and, of course, his master. Knowing his master to be in cahoots with the young mistress, Pseudolus decides to bargain for his freedom in exchange for procuring the girl for his master. Though the plan sounds simple enough, it is anything but cleanly executed in this classic comedy...

Director Richard Lester's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" is a delightful, hysterical, historical comedy.

The flawless cast includes: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Jack Gilford, Michael Crawford, Annette Andre, Michael Hordern, and Inga Neilsen.

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The basic story involves a Roman slave, Pseudolus (Zero Mostel), who can win his freedom if he pairs up his innocent young master, Hero (Michael Crawford) with the "virgin" courtesan, Phelia (Annette Andre), next door, that his young master has fallen in love with.

Pseudolus, more than anything, really wants to be free. He comes up with a simple plan to get the already sold virgin for his young master. However, as it often happens, such a simple plan runs into unexpected complications, as well as known obsticles. All these problems would've stopped most men, but not Pseudolus. He schemes, plots, cajoles, gambles, blackmails, plays any role and endures dangerous situations, in an effort to get his freedom. This all leads to hilarious situations, involving the head slave, Hysterium (Jack Gilford), the man next door, Erronius (Buster Keaton), Captain Miles Gloriosus (Leon Greene), the Master Senex (Michael Hordern)and Mistress Domina (Patricia Jessel), and Lycus (Phil Silvers), who runs the House of Courtesans on the other side of Hero's house.

The resulting film is most entertaining, with a humorously funny, hysterical in parts, screenplay by Melvin Fank and Michael Pertwee, based on the Tony winning play by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove, all which is enhanced by top-notch musical numbers and terrific direction, by the talented Richard Lester.

The songs, music and lyrics, by Stephen Sondheim, are great. Classics include: "Comedy Tonight," "Lovely," and "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid," among many others.

My favorite scene involves the song, "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid." In this flawlessly directed sequence, anticpating the style of music videos, the scene constantly shifts, humorously bringing to life the fun lyrics.

Zero Mostel is wonderful as Pseudolus. He brings his Tony Award-winning role to the screen with great humor, zest, and enthusiasm.

Other screen greats, including Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford, and silent comedy master, Buster Keaton, are seen to good effect. Michael Crawford, who plays the virginal Hero, would, years later, wow stage audiences in "The Phantom of the Opera."

If you enjoyed A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, you may like ANIMAL HOUSE, HELLO DOLLY, TOOTSIE, MY FAIR LADY, COCOON, START THE REVOLUTION WITHOUT ME, and THE PRODUCERS.