Young Frankenstein is a classic iconic comedy produced and directed by Mel Brooks in 1974. It is loosely based on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel, “Frankenstein”. If you haven’t watched it yet, you better do it as soon as possible, because this is one of the best comedies you’ll ever watch.
What Is Young Frankenstein About?
I used this title because it is what I feel. This is the perfect comedy. Doctor Frederick Frankenstein is the old Baron (Viktor) Frankenstein’s grandson, an American professor of neurology, who takes a trip by train, from New York to the family castle in Transylvania. He is accompanied by his lovely assistant Inga. At the railway station he is met by the hunchback butler/servant Igor, who comically pointed them the werewolves. One of the howls were made by Mel Brooks, just to involve himself more. They were more or less welcomed at the castle by Frau Blücher, a slim and dark figure, the keys keeper. Young Frankenstein is engaged to glamorous Elizabeth. If you follow the link, you’ll find a nice short review on another movie blog.
Reading his grandfather’s private diaries, Frederick decides to create life himself. He makes a “monster” with the help of electric power and a borrowed brain. The movie is a continuous laughing adventure. Before this one, I wasn’t a great fan of Gene Wilder, but fortunately, my darling talked me into watching this hilarious comedy, and, after that, I have reconsidered.
Gene Wilder is Dr. Frederick Frankenstein. Peter Boyle is The Monster. Marty Feldman is Igor, the hunchback butler. Madeline Kahn is Elizabeth, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein’s fiancee. Cloris Leachman is Frau Blücher, the Transylvanian housekeeper. Teri Garr is Inga, Frankenstein’s young assistant. Kenneth Mars is Inspector Kemp, an old friend of Mel Brooks. Actually, all the stars here are Mel Brooks favorites in movies directed by him. This is the second movie where he didn’t appear personally in a cameo or even in a bigger role, after The Producers (1967).
Also starring here is Gene Hackman, then a recently Best Actor Oscar awarded (in 1972) for The French Connection (1971). He used to play tennis with Gene Wilder, so, hearing about Young Frankenstein, where Wilder is fully credited along Mel Brooks for the screen story and the screenplay, asked for a role or a cameo, just to “try comedy”. He got it, a very short one, but he made history! watch the following video:
Instead of a trailer, I found this, on youtube. Anyway, my warm advice is to look for the movie and watch it asap. It’s so light and funny, you don’t have to think. You just relax.
You have above some of the Young Frankenstein‘s bloopers, better than any trailer. Actually I haven’t found a trailer for this.
Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles and The Producers have been selected for preservation by the National Film Registry and they were included on the American Film Institute’s “100 Funniest Movies of All Time” list.
As a final word, Young Frankenstein is a 106 minutes feature comedy which has been rated 6 out of ten on imdb. It deserves to be in Top 250, but as you see, it isn’t yet. There is room there for The Avengers, though.
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