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Young Frankenstein [1974] (1 disc)

Director:Mel Brooks
Writer:Gene Wilder
Mel Brooks
Composer:John Morris
Length:106 minutes
(1 hour 46 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Comedy
Sorting Tub:Delta
IMDB Rating:8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:94%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments.

Reaction: Silly and fun.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Mel Brooks => Director / Writer / Cat Hit by Dart / Werewolf / Victor Frankenstein (voice) (uncredited)
Gene Wilder => Writer / Dr. Frankenstein
John Morris => Composer
Mary Shelley => Inspired by Novel "Frankenstein"
Anne Beesley => Little Girl
Arthur Malet => Village Elder
Cloris Leachman => Frau Blücher
Danny Goldman => Medical Student
Gene Hackman => Blindman
Ian Abercrombie => Second Villager (uncredited)
Kenneth Mars => Inspector Kemp
Liam Dunn => Mr. Hilltop
Madeline Kahn => Elizabeth
Marty Feldman => Igor
Peter Boyle => The Monster
Richard Haydn => Herr Falkstein
Teri Garr => Inga

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Igor (Marty Feldman) mentions that his grandfather (also named Igor as evidenced by Frederick's first visit to the lab) used to work for Frederick's grandfather. Interestingly in the original Frankenstein film the assistant's name was Fritz. Igor (spelled Ygor) did not appear until Son of Frankenstein.
  • Rock band [?] Aerosmith took a break from a long night of recording to see Young Frankenstein in 1974. Steven Tyler wrote the band's hit {Walk This Way} the morning after seeing the movie, inspired by Marty Feldman's first scene, the "walk this way... this way" scene.
  • 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.
  • The experiment the medical student mentions, where Darwin preserved a worm in fluid until it came to life, is mentioned in Mary Shelley's foreword to the novel Frankenstein. The Darwin in question was [?] Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of the famous [?] Charles Darwin.
  • The Blind Man's parting line "I was gonna make espresso" was not in the script, but was ad-libbed by Gene Hackman during shooting. Hackman was uncredited when the movie was originally released in theaters.
  • The cast and especially Mel Brooks had so much fun and were so upset when principal photography was almost completed, that Mel Brooks added scenes to continue shooting.
  • Gene Wilder's favourite film of his own.
  • Gene Wilder conceived the "Puttin' on the Ritz" scene, while Mel Brooks was resistant to it, feeling it detracted from the fidelity to Universal horror films in the rest of the film. It was only when he saw it with a howling audience that Brooks was confident about the sequence.
  • The film was shot with many of the same props and lab equipment as the original Frankenstein.
  • The idea of Frederick's dart hitting a cat was ad-libbed on set. When Gene Wilder threw his dart off camera, director Mel Brooks quickly screamed like a cat to create the illusion.