Cinema: Erotic Errors

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was one of the hottest burlesque shows that ever hit Broadway. It had a grossly libidinous libretto snippeted out of the plays of Plautus, and lickerish leerics that read like Pompeian graffiti. Above all, it had a huge round Zero named Mostel, who wore a fingertip tunic the size of a pup tent and went tippety-skipping about the stage like a bull walrus in drag.

The movie has all these things and plenty more. It has Color by Deluxe, some charmingly scummy urbs and suburbs,...

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