History Trivia / HistoryOfTheWorldPartI

12th Feb '18 4:45:23 PM AmuckCricetine
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** In Croatia, the film was called ''The Funny Fide of History''.
** In Sweden, the film was called "Det våras för världshistorien del 1", "Springtime for the History of the World Part I"
12th Feb '18 3:08:26 PM AmuckCricetine
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* AwesomeDearBoy: Creator/JohnHurt did this movie because he had just gotten through doing two dramatic films, and said that he wanted to have some fun and do a comedy.



* TheCastShowOff: Being played by legendary tap dancer Gregory Hines, Josephus of course escapes the gallows by distracting the executioners with a soft-shoe number.

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* TheCastShowOff: CaliforniaDoubling: The French Revolution scenes were filmed in England, because Creator/MelBrooks wanted to avoid a language barrier.
* TheCastShowoff:
Being played by legendary tap dancer Gregory Hines, Josephus of course escapes the gallows by distracting the executioners with a soft-shoe number.


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* DeletedScene: In an interview with Creator/GeneSiskel, Creator/MelBrooks revealed that he'd filmed a brief scene that made light of the notorious Three Mile Island incident. "I had a father and a mother made up to look like half a dog and half a cat as a result of a nuclear meltdown," Brooks told Siskel. When test audiences reacted poorly, this bit was removed. However, at least one journalist managed to see an extended cut which contained the footage.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: The vestal virgins in Caeser's Palace in "The Roman Empire" segment were all Playboy playmates. The film's closing credits declare that the "Vestal Virgins were portrayed by Playboy playmates and models". Hugh Hefner appears as the pipe-smoking entrepreneur talking about his invention, the "centerfold".


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* UncreditedRole: Creator/BeaArthur as a dole office unemployment clerk in "The Roman Empire" segment.
25th Sep '17 6:34:24 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* ReferencedBy: The card game [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillotine_(game) Guillotine]], set during the French Revolution, features one character called the Piss Boy, almost certainly in reference to this movie.
21st Aug '17 5:09:18 PM NWolfman
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* CopiouslyCreditedCreator: Mel Brooks is credited as writer, producer, director, star and songwriter (for "The Inquisition" and "Jews In Space").
16th Aug '17 6:51:47 PM NWolfman
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* TheCastShowOff: Being played by legendary tap dancer Gregory Hines, Josephus of course escapes the gallows by distracting the executioners with a soft-shoe number.
8th Jun '17 4:29:17 AM AmuckCricetine
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Josephus was written with Creator/RichardPryor in mind, but he was unable to accept due to his infamous freebasing accident in 1980.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: UnintentionalPeriodPiece: No matter what time period any particular segment is set in, it will always be rooted in both TheSeventies and the BorschtBelt Fifties.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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The role of Josephus was written with Creator/RichardPryor in mind, but he was unable to accept due to his infamous freebasing accident in 1980.
11th Sep '16 3:06:03 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActingForTwo: Brooks has five roles in the movie. Moses, Comicus, Torquemada, King Louis XVI, and Jacques the Garcon de Piss.

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* ActingForTwo: Brooks Creator/MelBrooks has five roles in the movie. Moses, Comicus, Torquemada, King Louis XVI, and Jacques the Garcon de Piss.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Josephus was written with Creator/RichardPryor in mind, but he was unable to accept due to his infamous freebasing accident in 1980.
** The role of Count de Monet was originally meant for Creator/JohnCleese, but he was unavailable.



** Also Ronny Graham does double duty as Oedipus and a tortured Jew who relays his unfortunate experience of [[spoiler: being anally tortured with a red hot poker]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Josephus was written with Creator/RichardPryor in mind, but he was unable to accept due to his infamous freebasing accident in 1980.

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** Also Ronny Graham does double duty as Oedipus and a tortured Jew who relays his unfortunate experience of [[spoiler: being anally tortured with a red hot poker]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Josephus was written with Creator/RichardPryor in mind, but he was unable to accept due to his infamous freebasing accident in 1980.
poker]].
14th Apr '16 4:53:21 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** A group of cavemen is led by Creator/SidCaesar.
** The Ethopian slave Josephus is played by tap-dancer Gregory Hines.
** Creator/JohnHurt is Jesus!
** One of the two Jews describing how they were tortured by the Spaniards is everyone's favorite Jewish stand-up comic, Jackie Mason.
** [[TheGoldenGirls Bea Arthur]] cameoed as the lady in the unemployment booth.
** Cloris Leachman as Madame Defarge.
** [[Magazine/{{Playboy}} Hugh Hefner]] in Ancient Rome mentioning his invention of the centerfold.
** Music/DavidLeeRoth has a line during the Spanish Inquisition musical number.
** And Creator/MadelineKahn is Empress Nympho!
* Hey, It's That Special Effect!: In the "parting of the Red Sea" scene, they're obviously using the effect from the Universal Studios tour. You can even see some of the metal grating they use.
* HeyItsThatVoice: '''OrsonWelles''' is the narrator.
19th Mar '16 8:20:32 AM Hossmeister
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29th Dec '15 1:08:31 PM bjex
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* YouLookFamiliar:
** Mel Brooks plays roles in every time period.
** Rudy de Luca who plays Captain Mucus, can also briefly be seen in Prehistoric Man segment. He's the caveman that [[spoiler: [[DeathAsComedy gets accidentally killed by a thrown spear]]]].
** Also Ronny Graham does double duty as Oedipus and a tortured Jew who relays his unfortunate experience of [[spoiler: being anally tortured with a red hot poker]].
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