History of the World: Part I

Lists: Absurdist comedy, Slapstick comedy

Brief Synopsis: "Mel Brooks' uproarious version of history proves nothing is sacred as he takes us on a laugh-filled look at what really happened throughout time. His delirious romp features everything from a wild send-up of "2001" to the real stories behind the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition. It's Mel and company at their hilarious best."

Overall Ranking: - (Rank from 1981: # 0)

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People Involved

  • Mel Brooks (Moses/Comicus/Torquemada/Jacques/King Louis XVI)
  • Dom DeLuise (Emperor Nero)
  • Madeline Kahn (Empress Nympho)
  • Harvey Korman (Count de Monet)
  • Cloris Leachman (Madame Defarge)
  • Ron Carey (Swiftus)
  • Gregory Hines (Josephus)
  • Pamela Stephenson (Mademoiselle Rimbaud)
  • Shecky Greene (Marcus Vindictus)
  • Sid Caesar (Chief Caveman)
  • Mary-Margaret Humes (Miriam)
  • Orson Welles (Narrator)
  • Rudy De Luca (Prehistoric Man / Captain Mucus - The Roman Empire (as Rudy DeLuca))
  • Leigh French (Prehistoric Woman)
  • Richard Karron (Prehistoric Man)
  • Susette Carroll (Prehistoric Man)
  • Sammy Shore (Prehistoric Man)
  • J.J. Barry (Prehistoric Man)
  • Earl Finn (Prehistoric Man / Disciple - The Roman Empire)
  • Suzanne Kent (Prehistoric Man)
  • Michael Champion (Prehistoric Man)
  • Howard Morris (Court Spokesman - The Roman Empire)
  • Charlie Callas (Soothsayer - The Roman Empire)
  • Dena Dietrich (Competence - The Roman Empire)
  • Paul Mazursky (Roman Officer - The Roman Empire)
  • Ron Clark (Stoned Soldier #1 - The Roman Empire)
  • Jack Riley (Stoned Soldier #2 - The Roman Empire)
  • Art Metrano (Leonardo DaVinci - The Roman Empire)
  • Diane Day (Caladonia - The Roman Empire)
  • Henny Youngman (Chemist - The Roman Empire)
  • Hunter von Leer (Lt. Bob - The Roman Empire (as Hunter Von Leer))
  • Fritz Feld (Maitre D - The Roman Empire)
  • Hugh M. Hefner (Entrepreneur - The Roman Empire (as Hugh Hefner))
  • Pat McCormick (Plumbing Salesman - The Roman Empire)
  • Barry Levinson (Column Salesman - The Roman Empire)
  • Johnny Silver (Small Liar - The Roman Empire)
  • John Hurt (Jesus - The Roman Empire)
  • Nigel Hawthorne (Citizen Official - The French Revolution)
  • Bea Arthur (Dole office clerk (uncredited))
  • Mel Brooks (Director)