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->''It's good to be the king!''

''History of the World Part I'' is a 1981 comedy film written, directed and produced by Creator/MelBrooks. He is also part of the main cast if not the main character. Starting out with the Dawn of Man, cavemen discovering fire, cave paintings, and the art critic, the film skips to various 'important' areas of history usually with a unique interpretation of the events. Following this, the film touches on Moses receiving the Fifteen... er, Ten Commandments then takes time to waltz through the Roman Empire and end up at the Last Supper. They then sing and dance during UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition, [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus though nobody expects it]]. The French Revolution comes next with Brooks playing King Louis XVI and the piss boy, [[ItMakesSenseInContext don't ask]], that turns into [[PrinceAndPauper the Prince and the Pauper]] though it ends well through a [[LiteralMinded miracle]]. Before the credits are 'ComingAttractions'.

Fun Fact: The Jews [[SpaceJews In Space]] song was later recycled for another Creator/MelBrooks film, ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights,'' while the concept itself evolved into ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', with its [[JewishPrincess Druish Princess]].

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!!This film provides examples of:
* InUniverse ActorAllusion: Unbelievably, this is a '''''plot point'''''. The Count de [[strike:[[DoNotCallMePaul Money]]]] Monet tells King Louis that he looks exactly like the piss boy. Naturally, both characters are played by Creator/MelBrooks himself.
* ActingForTwo: Brooks has five roles in the movie. Moses, Comicus, Torquemada, King Louis XVI, and Jacques the Garcon de Piss.
** 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]].
* AdiposeRex: The Roman Emperor. Check your material carefully before performing at the Palace.
* AdolfHitlarious: "See... ''Hitler on Ice!''"
* AffectionateParody: Of history in general.
** The French Revolution section is largely a spoof of ''A Tale of Two Cities''.
** The Rome section owes a lot to ''Caligula'' and even moreso to the spoof ''Caligula II: Messalina, Messalina''.
* AllJewsAreAshkenazi: Sephardi Jews during the Spanish Inquisition musical sequence speak with Yiddish accents with smatterings of Yiddish like "Oy gevalt!"
* AnachronismStew: Plenty, from an ancient Roman carrying a boombox to Leonardo da Vinci, Moses, and some of the Romans appearing in the wrong time period. But of course, [[LampshadeHanging movies are magic]].
* AnswerCut: During the Last Supper.
-->'''Jesus:''' Yea, yea, so you say, but one who sits amongst us has already betrayed me this night.
-->'''Apostles:''' Who? Who could it be?
-->'''Waiter:''' JUDAS!
-->(Judas gasps)
-->'''Waiter:''' Do you want a beverage? Try the mulled wine, it's terrific!
* BackgroundHalo
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: "Yes, yes, no, yes, yes, no, yes..." with a final [[BigYes "YES!"]]
* BilingualBonus: The beginning of the "French Revolution" segment. As the narration describes the desolation of the common Frenchmen, the camera pans in on a sign that says "Rue de Merde". The translates to "Shit Road".
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: '''SEND IN THE NUNS!'''
* CampGay: The announcer in Caesar's palace.
* CatchPhrase:
--> '''King Louis XVI:''' ''"It's good to be the King."''
* TheCameo: Quite a few...
** Creator/HughHefner as Roman Entrepreneur.
** Creator/BeaArthur as Unemployment Insurance Window Attendant.
** Creator/HennyYoungman as Chemist
** Creator/JohnHurt as Jesus
*** So does that make Jesus a Time Lord?
** Jackie Mason as Tortured Jew #1
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Combined with DeusExMachina, the Roman Empire group help out [[MeaningfulName Miracle]] towards the beginning of the segment. Miracle goes on to save them twice. First at the end of the segment, when they escape from the Emperor, [[spoiler: then during the end of the French Revolution segment, in a carriage driven by Josephus.]]
* DeusExMachina: "Miracle!"
* GagBoobs: Apparently literally inflated with air.
* GotMeDoingIt: [=DeMonet=] keeps correcting people who pronounce his name "De Money". Eventually he needs to correct ''himself''.
* GrapesOfLuxury: [=DeLuise=] gets this treatment as Nero.
* GroinAttack: During the Spanish Inquisition sequence, one of the Jews claims that the Inquisitors played ping-pong with his balls.
* HistoricalInJoke: The ''title'' of the film. It is a play on ''The Historie Of The World'', a work written by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Raleigh Sir Walter Raleigh.]] [[AuthorExistenceFailure He only finished the first book before he was]] [[OffWithHisHead beheaded.]]
* HumanChess: "Knight jumps queen! Bishop jumps queen! PAWNS jump queen! '''[[BlackComedyRape GAAAAAANG BAAAAAAAAANG!]]'''"
* HypocriticalHumor:
** "I don't care for the peasants?! They are my people. I am their sovereign. I ''love'' them... PULL!!"
** From the same scene, he mentions detesting violence... well...
* InherentlyFunnyWords:
** [=DeMonet=]
** Torquemada (Say it fast)
** KING LOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUWWWWWIIIIIISSSSS!
* JustAStupidAccent: The Trope Namer. The French Revolutionaries place it fairly high in their list of grievances even.
* MoodWhiplash: After "The Roman Empire" sequence ends with a funny scene with "The Last Supper", we cut to "The Spanish Inquisition" which begins in a very bleak scene of monks chanting and Jews being tortured.
** Then the music starts and it's back to funny again.
* MythologyGag: Harvey Korman's role as [[EvilChancellor Count deMoney]] ([[InsistentTerminology deMonET!]]) is a reference to his previous role in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' as the evil chancellor Hedy Lamarr. (HEDLEY!) Par for the course for a Creator/MelBrooks film, really.
* {{Pun}}: And really, do you expect anything less with [[PungeonMaster Mel Brooks]]?
** "The servant waits while the [[ADateWithRosiePalms master baits]]."
** You can't Torquemada[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke "talk him outta"]][[/note]] anything!
** "Don't get ''saucy'' with me, Bearnaise."
** Theatre/OedipusRex has a cameo at one point.
---->'''Oedipus''': 'Ey, Josephus!\\
'''Josephus''': 'Ey, motherfucker.
* OhCrap: Comicus, while expounding on political corruption.
-->'''Comicus''': It goes all the way up ''to the Emperor!''
-->'''Emperor''': DeathGlare
-->'''Comicus''': ''Shit.''
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: DEATH! TO KING! LOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUWWWWWWIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSS!
* ReallyGetsAround: Empress [[MeaningfulName Nympho]]
* RecliningReigner: Nero, natch.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: Hump/death/hump/death...
* SequelHook: Faked with a preview of features in ''History of the World, Part Two":
** [[AdolfHitler Hitler]] [[AdolfHitlarious On Ice]] (Hitler ice skating)
** A Viking Funeral (They take off their [[HornyVikings helmets]], and [[HornedHumanoid the horns are shown to be part of their heads]])
** [[SpaceJews JEWWWWWWWS]] [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} IIIIIIIIN]] [[RecycledInSpace SPAAAAAAAACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]]
*** This one even appears to be a ShoutOut to the then-recent BattlestarGalactica (original).
** The whole segment, along with the title of the film, is of course a HistoricalInJoke (see above).
* SequelSnark: Even the ''title'' implies a sequel, and they do "previews" to Part Two, but it's clear they don't mean to make one. This is actually a reference to Sir Walter Raleigh's ''History of the World, Volume I''; he wrote it in prison in the Tower of London and was executed before he could write any other volumes.
** Also part of the RunningGag of Mel Brooks's films mentioning a sequel that is never intended to be made. (Compare Film/{{Spaceballs}}, where the title of a sequel is even given.)
* ShoutOut: Don't you remember where Madame Defarge [[ATaleOfTwoCities originally came from]]?
** ''We're off on the [[RoadTo Road to Judea]]!!!''
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by the Roman soldiers in the eunuch scene so that they can identify Josephus. It succeeds.
* SpaceJews: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Literally!]]
* [[{{Title1}} Title 1]]
* TruthInTelevision: Stand-up Philosophers? A real thing. In roman times rich people would hire philosophers to talk at parties so they looked more cultured.
* VillainSong: The aforementioned song about the Spanish Inquisition.
* WhosOnFirst?: The interaction between Jesus and the waiter at the Last Supper.
--> '''Comicus'''(Upset after being told to leave): Alright, alright, Jesus.
--> '''Jesus''': Yes?
--> '''Comicus''': What?
--> '''Jesus''': What?
--> '''Comicus''': What?
--> '''Jesus''': Yes?
--> '''Comicus''': Jesus
--> '''Jesus''': What?
* TheXOfY