History of the World---Part I


History of the World---Part I

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Mel Brooks produced, directed, wrote, and starred in this episodic comedy in the spirit of Monty Python and the 1957 studio travesty The Story of Mankind. The film is divided into five sequences that play like blue-toned Eddie Cantor vaudeville sketches -- "The Dawn of Man," "The Stone Age," The Spanish Inquisition," "The Bible," and "The Future." Also included is a Brooksian depiction of The Last Supper and a long-winded sequence about the French Revolution. The film starts with a 2001: A Space Odyssey parody, narrated by Orson Welles, in which a collection of ape-men learn to stand erect (in more ways than one). The Stone Age reveals the origins of both the first homo sapien and homosexual marriages. Brooks then appears in an Old Testament sequence as Moses, descending from Mount Sinai with three heavy stone tablets bearing the 15 Commandments; after he drops one of these tablets, the laws of God become 10 Commandments. The Roman period picks up with Brooks as Comicus, attempting to get a gig as a "stand-up philosopher" at Caesar's Palace. The Spanish Inquisition is a musical production number with monks torturing Jews to lively Broadway musical strains. The final French revolution section is a broad parody of The Man in the Iron Mask story. The film closes with coming attractions of "History of the World, Part II" that features a rousing Star Wars parody (anticipating Space Balls) called "Jews in Space" that includes a jaunty theme song.


Mel Brooks
as Moses/Comicus/Torquemada/Jacques/Louis XVI
Dom DeLuise
as Emperor Caeser
Harvey Korman
as Count de Monet
Madeline Kahn
as Empress Nympho
Cloris Leachman
as Madame de Farge
Ron Carey
as Swiftus
Gregory Hines
as Josephus
Pamela Stephenson
as Mademoiselle Rimbaud
Shecky Green
as Marcus Vindictus
Sid Caesar
as Chief Caveman
Howard Morris
as Court Spokesman
Rudy De Luca
as Capt. Mucus
Orson Welles
as Narrator
Charlie Callas
as Soothsayer
Dena Dietrich
as Competence
Paul Mazursky
as Roman Officer
Ron Clark
as Stoned Soldier
Jack Riley
as Stoned Soldier
Art Metrano
as Leonardo Da Vinci
Diane Day
as Caladonia
Fritz Feld
as Maitre d'
Hugh Hefner
as Entrepreneur
Pat McCormick
as Plumbing Salesman
Sid Gould
as Barber
Jim Steck
as Gladiator
John Myhers
as Senate Leader
Lee Delano
as Wagon Driver
Sidney Lassick
as Applecore Vendor
Johnny Silver
as Small Liar
Rod Haase
as Officer
John Hurt
as Jesus
Jackie Mason
as Jew No. 1
as Jew No. 2
Phil Leeds
as Chief Monk
Jack Carter
as Rat Vendor
Jan Murray
as Nothing Vendor
Spike Milligan
as M. Rimbaud
Sydney Lassick
as Applecore Vendor
Jonathan Cecil
as Poppinjay
John Gavin
as Marche
J.J. Barry
as Prehistoric Man
Sammy Shore
as Prehistoric Man
Michael Champion
as Prehistoric Man
Earl Finn
as Prehistoric Man, Disciple - The Roman Empire
Leigh French
as Prehistoric Woman
Richard Karron
as Prehistoric Man
Susette Carroll
as Prehistoric Man
Suzanne Kent
as Prehistoric Man
Molly Basler
as Game Show Girl - The Roman Empire
Christine Dickinson
as Game Show Girl - The Roman Empire
Deborah Dawes
as Game Show Girl - The Roman Empire
Lisa Sohm
as Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Michele Drake
as Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Jeana Tomasina
as Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Alan U. Schwartz
as Senator #2
Lisa Welch
as Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Ira Miller
as Roman Citizen
Janis Schmitt
as Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Heidi Sorenson
as Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Karen Morton
as Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Kathy Collins
as Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Lori Sutton
as Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Lou Mulford
as Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Henry Kaiser
as Disciple - The Roman Empire
Zale Kessler
as Disciple - The Roman Empire
Anthony Messina
as Disciple - The Roman Empire
Howard Mann
as Disciple - The Roman Empire
Sandy Helberg
as Disciple - The Roman Empire
Mitchell Bock
as Disciple - The Roman Empire
Lee Gilbert
as Disciple - The Roman Empire
Michael Miller
as Coming Attraction
Royce D. Applegate
as Coming Attraction
Sean Barry-Weske
as Insolent Flunkey
Bella Emberg
as Baguette - The French Revolution
Geoffrey Larder
as Footman - The French Revolution
George Lane Cooper
as Executioner - The French Revolution
Stephanie Marrian
as Lady Marie - The French Revolution
Royce Mills
as Duke D'Honnefleur - The French Revolution
Mike Cottrell
as Tartuffe - The French Revolution
Gerald Staddon
as Le Fevre - The French Revolution
Barry Levinson
as Column Salesman - The Roman Empire
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Critic Reviews for History of the World---Part I

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Audience Reviews for History of the World---Part I

  • Jan 31, 2014
    The Mel Brooks comedy History of the World: Part I delivers plenty of laughs, but it's a little rough in some spots. The film consists of several sketches about varies historical periods, including the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, the Spanish Inquisition, and the French Revolution. And while each is funny in its own way, the tone is inconsistent and there are problems with the pacing. History of the World: Part I is entertaining and fun, but it doesn't quite work as a whole.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2013
    A truly funny, episodic comedy. Kahn is great and the musical numbers are memorable.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2012
    An underrated Mel Brooks gem, The History of the World-Part 1 is a hilarious film. Mel Brooks delivers yet another great film. The History of the World-Part 1 is a crude, offensive comedy, but it works. The film has all the ingredients that make up a great Mel Brooks comedy. This film is fairly underrated, and is viewed as less superior as Brooks' works. The cast here are a wonderful bunch of actors that deliver something memorable to the screen. If you enjoy a good Mel Brooks film, then give this film a view, this film is definitely worth it, and is lots of fun from start to finish. The comedic delivery is low brow, and it works. With every film that Mel Brooks has done, he's done something hilarious, something that would push the boundaries of the comedy genre, much like Monty Python; His films are classics of the genre. If you're a fan of Mel Brooks, give this one a shot. The jokes are in poor taste at times, but they're meant to be taken with a grain of salt. The History of the World-Part 1 is a near flawless comedy, and is among Mel Brooks' best works. Funny from start to finish, History of the World-Part 1 is supported by a great cast of talented funny actors who really make this film stand out. If you want a great slapstick offensive comedy, then this is the perfect flick to watch. This really an underrated film in my opinion and it doesn't deserve the flack it has received. If you enjoy Mel Brooks, you'll enjoy this film. I was surprised at how much I loved it, a true comedy classic.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2011
    I'm still flabbergasted that my dad bought me this movie in my childhood. I think this was the sixth time I watched it, and the First time that I got all the dirty jokes. The film covers Dawn of man (parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey), stone age, roman empire, Spanish Inquisition,French revolution, and some biblical references. It's a laugh riot, and the genius Mel Brooks put in plenty of things to catch. I'm not sure if it's still my favorite Brooks film, but it's still a damn good one.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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