Young Frankenstein


(out of 5)

This exceptional comedy is the best film that Mel Brooks has ever made (how many spoofs do you know that have received Academy Award nominations for writing?) It’s a terrific send-up of old Universal horror films, with as Frankenstein’s grandson, a scientist who tires of having his students constantly ask him about his ancestor’s work (he pronounces it FrankenSTEEN in an effort to distance himself from his family shame).  After he inherits the family castle and moves in with his very strange assistant () and creepy housekeeper (), he rediscovers all of the first Dr. Frankenstein’s work and starts to get interested in resurrecting it. The result is a monster in the shape of , a creature who can’t speak but can play the violin like a pro and dances up a storm to “Puttin’ On The Ritz” (one of the film’s funniest sequences). is a riot as Wilder’s fiance Elizabeth, and delightful as the sexy housemaid. The laughs never stop, and the cinematography and costumes are gorgeous.

Gruskoff/Venture Films, Crossbow Productions, Jouer Limited

USA, 1974

Directed by Mel Brooks

Screenplay by Mel Brooks, , based on the novel Frankenstein by 

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1974

Golden Globe Awards 1974

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