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A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum

Title
A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum [videorecording] / United Artists ; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; directed by Richard Lester ; produced by Melvin Frank.
Publication
Santa Monica, Calif : MGM Home Entertainment, c2000, c1966.

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Moving imageUse in library *MGZIDVD 5-21Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance

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Additional Authors
  • Mostel, Zero, 1915-1977
  • Silvers, Phil, 1911-1985
  • Keaton, Buster, 1895-1966
  • Crawford, Michael, 1942-
  • Gilford, Jack
  • Andre, Annette, 1939-
  • Hordern, Michael, 1911-1995
  • Greene, Leon
  • Kinnear, Roy, 1934-1988
  • Lester, Richard, 1932-
  • Frank, Melvin, 1913-1988
  • Martin, George (Dancer)
  • Martin, Ethel
  • Sondheim, Stephen
  • Pertwee, Michael
  • Prince, Harold, 1928-2019.
  • Shevelove, Burt.
  • Gelbart, Larry.
  • Thorne, Ken.
  • Thorne, Ken
  • Walton, Tony, 1934-2022
  • United Artists Corporation.
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Description
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col.; 4 3/4 in. (DVD)
Summary
Musical set in ancient Rome. A slave tries to buy his freedom by helping a young man win his beloved.
Genre/Form
  • Musicals.
  • Video.
Note
  • Motion picture originally released in 1966.
  • Widescreen version.
  • Audio options: Dolby Digital (English stereo surround, Spanish mono).
Credits (note)
  • Dances, George Martin and Ethel Martin ; music and lyrics, Stephen Sondheim ; screenplay, Melvin Frank, Michael Pertwee, based on the stage play produced by Harold S. Prince ; book, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart ; production and costume design, Tony Walton ; director of photography, Nicolas Roeg ; musical direction and incidental music, Ken Thorne.
Performer (note)
  • Zero Mostel (Pseudolus), Phil Silvers (Lycus), Buster Keaton (Erronius), Michael Crawford (Hero), Jack Gilford (Hysterium), Annette Andre (Philia), Michael Hordern (Senex), Leon Greene (Miles Gloriosus), Roy Kinnear (gladiator instructor), others. Dancers include Helen Funai (Tintinabula), Myrna White (Vibrata), Jennifer Baker and Susan Baker (Geminae), Lucienne Bridou (Panacea), Inga Neilsen (Gymnasia).
Language (note)
  • In English with optional Spanish soundtrack ; optional subtitles in French and Spanish.
Contents
  • Feature presentation (ca. 97 min.). Music and dance numbers: "A comedy tonight" / sung by Zero Mostel under opening credits -- [Dances by courtesans] / performed by Helen Funai, Myrna White, Jennifer Baker and Susan Baker, Lucienne Bridou -- "I'm lovely" / sung by Annette Andre and Michael Crawford -- "Everybody ought to have a maid" / sung by Michael Hordern, Zero Mostel, Jack Gifford, Phil Silvers -- "Bring me my bride" / sung by Leon Greene -- [Acrobatic act] / performed by Phil Silvers, others -- "You're lovely" / sung by Zero Mostel, Jack Gifford -- [Funeral dirge] / sung by Leon Greene ; danced by female ensemble -- "A comedy tonight" / sung by Zero Mostel and other cast members.
  • Theatrical trailer (ca. 1 min. 16 sec.).
Call Number
*MGZIDVD 5-21
ISBN
0792844815
OCLC
  • 44023619
  • 44023619
Title
A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum [videorecording] / United Artists ; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; directed by Richard Lester ; produced by Melvin Frank.
Imprint
Santa Monica, Calif : MGM Home Entertainment, c2000, c1966.
Country of Producing Entity
U.S.
Credits
Dances, George Martin and Ethel Martin ; music and lyrics, Stephen Sondheim ; screenplay, Melvin Frank, Michael Pertwee, based on the stage play produced by Harold S. Prince ; book, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart ; production and costume design, Tony Walton ; director of photography, Nicolas Roeg ; musical direction and incidental music, Ken Thorne.
Cast
Zero Mostel (Pseudolus), Phil Silvers (Lycus), Buster Keaton (Erronius), Michael Crawford (Hero), Jack Gilford (Hysterium), Annette Andre (Philia), Michael Hordern (Senex), Leon Greene (Miles Gloriosus), Roy Kinnear (gladiator instructor), others. Dancers include Helen Funai (Tintinabula), Myrna White (Vibrata), Jennifer Baker and Susan Baker (Geminae), Lucienne Bridou (Panacea), Inga Neilsen (Gymnasia).
Language
In English with optional Spanish soundtrack ; optional subtitles in French and Spanish.
Local Subject
Motion pictures. A funny thing happened on the way to the forum.
Added Author
Mostel, Zero, 1915-1977, performer.
Silvers, Phil, 1911-1985, performer.
Keaton, Buster, 1895-1966, performer.
Crawford, Michael, 1942- performer.
Gilford, Jack, performer.
Andre, Annette, 1939- performer.
Hordern, Michael, 1911-1995, performer.
Greene, Leon, performer.
Kinnear, Roy, 1934-1988, performer.
Lester, Richard, 1932- film director.
Frank, Melvin, 1913-1988, film producer.
Frank, Melvin, 1913-1988, screenwriter.
Martin, George (Dancer), choreographer.
Martin, Ethel, choreographer.
Sondheim, Stephen, composer.
Sondheim, Stephen, lyricist.
Pertwee, Michael, screenwriter.
Prince, Harold, 1928-2019.
Shevelove, Burt.
Gelbart, Larry.
Thorne, Ken. Composer
Thorne, Ken, conductor.
Walton, Tony, 1934-2022, set designer.
Walton, Tony, 1934-2022, costume designer.
United Artists Corporation.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Research Call Number
*MGZIDVD 5-21
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