Young Frankenstein (1974)


“Wait Master, it might be dangerous… you go first. ” – Igor

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (cable in the 90’s and 12 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – While trying to prove that he is not insane like his grandfather, a scientist travels to Transylvania where he comes across his grandfather’s unfinished work.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years and years ago, yet never really had the urge to revisit partially because I’m not the biggest fan of the horror genre and this is a pure parody of the story of Frankenstein.

I really liked the way that they are able to reanimate the story by bringing it to the present which allows them to mix multiple time periods into such a storyline wit regard to science and human nature.

This film is quite funny and the jokes come at us at rapid fire whether they be through visual comedy or verbal ones (mostly double-ententes).

The cast chosen for this film is superb with Gene Wilder taking the lead role, but he is ably assisted by Madeline Kahn, Terri Garr, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman and Kenneth Mars.

Due to the fact that it is a comedy about a horror film, I can’t really include this as one of Brook’s best films, but it is definitely still quite high on that list.

Spaceballs (1987) and Blazing Saddles (1974) are still my favorites!

Bottom Line – Brooks and Wilder do a wonderful job at parodying the Frankenstein story by transferring it all to the present. The jokes keep coming the whole way mostly with double ententes and visual humor. The cast is superb with Wilder taking the lead, but Kahn, Garr, Boyle, Feldman, Leachman and Mars all help the laughter to continue the whole way through.  Not Brooks’ best, but still quite high on his list of successes. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The shifting hump on Igor’s back was an ad-libbed gag of Marty Feldman’s. He had surreptitiously been shifting the hump back and forth for several days when cast members finally noticed. It was then added to the script. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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2 thoughts on “Young Frankenstein (1974)

  1. Ha ha ha, that’s what I say all the way through it. It takes more patience than watching modern comedies but when you’re watching it for a challenge, you let yourself “get” the jokes. Sadly I fear this older film will only be watched by people in those situations. Great review.

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  2. I would disagree. I think it IS one of Brooks’ best. he had a singular vision for this one and made it work consistently throughout. As you said, a terrific cast (kudos to Peter Boyle), a very funny script – AND – in keeping with the genre – in glorious Black & White. Brooks didn’t always pull it off this well. Never really liked Spaceballs, but then, I’ve never been a huge Star Wars fan either.

    In summation, I would say only, “What hump?”

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