I love the parody films like Meet the Spartans,Vampires Suck and Scary Movie film series. I want to know which is the first film made which is parody of other film or films.

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    I think Airplane was the one to truly kickstart this genre - but I am sure there are earlier examples...
    – Nobby
    Feb 9, 2013 at 1:01
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    Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles paved the way for Airplane! Feb 9, 2013 at 21:42
  • check out student bodies its in the same style as the scary movie franchise
    – user20766
    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:08

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I realize I'm ludicrously late for this, but the very first parody film was The Little Train Robbery, made in 1905. It was a parody of The Great Train Robbery, made in 1903, which had the same director.

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    Doesn't matter how late ...
    – iandotkelly
    Jan 7, 2014 at 2:08
  • Its more a parodic sequel but made me change the selected answer, +1.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Jan 7, 2014 at 14:17

Definition: parody
a musical, literary, or other composition that mimics the style of another composer, author, etc, in a humorous or satirical way.

I would nominate the Laurel and Hardy movies as parodies of the originals. Movies were still in their infancy when Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy created shorts and full length feature films in the 1920s with monsters to comedic effect. I'm sure I'd do better if I knew my early 20th century film, but this is my first recognizeable case in point (from IMDB):

Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde in 1925, parodies Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with John Barrymore (Grandfather of Drew Barrymore) in the lead roles of Jekyll and Hyde in 1920.

Abbott and Costello took up the idea in the 40's with Frankenstein, The Wolfman, and Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1953.

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    Yes. Frankenstein is brilliant. Abbott! Abbott! Feb 9, 2013 at 5:49
  • +1, i think its the right answer, but will wait till other come up with earlier example.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Feb 9, 2013 at 9:39
  • Taking a horror movie and turning it into a comedy is my definition of a classic parody.
    – Reactgular
    Feb 9, 2013 at 13:38

Three Ages (Buster Keaton, 1923, IMDB) is a parody of D. W. Griffith’s Intolerance (1916, IMDB).

Intolerance intercuts four parallel story lines each separated by several centuries and demonstrates mankind’s persistent intolerance throughout the ages.

Three Ages has three plots in three different historical periods. It tells about the love of a man to a woman. Some background can be found in a TCM article.

Three Ages and Intolerance are available at archive.org.


According to Parody As Film Genre: "Never Give a Saga an Even Break" (1999) by by Wes D. Gehring:

Unlike other American film comedy genres such as the 1930s Depression birth of screwball comedy, or the front and center emergence of dark comedy in the 1960s, parody has been a mainstream part of American film comedy since the beginning. It was, in fact, a pivotal ingredient in the works of Mack Sennett, America's film comedy father. This comedy pioneer was at his best when spoofing the melodramatic adventure films of his mentor, D. W. Griffith. For instance, Sennett's Teddy at the Throttle (1917) is a delightful takeoff on Griffith's propensity for the last-minute rescue, such as the close of his celebrated but still controversial Birth of a Nation (1915).


... Film comedy historian Gerald Mast reminds us that Sennett's Help! Help! (1912) is a "specific parody" of Griffith's Lonely Villa (1909), which Sennett had written.

  • +1 for the earlier example but How did you got to know about that, i mean i am not getting any detail about Help!Help! being a parody of lonely villa
    – Ankit Sharma
    Feb 19, 2013 at 10:12

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