Comedy Film Festival 2012

“Young Frankenstein”

Gene Wilder in "Young Frankenstein" (20th Century Fox, 1974)

Gene Wilder in "Young Frankenstein" (20th Century Fox, 1974)

“Young Frankenstein”(20th Century Fox, 1974). A hilarious parody of the Boris Karloff/James Whale horror films of the 1930s. Gene Wilder plays Dr. Frederick (Freddy) Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronkonsteen”), grandson of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein whose previous efforts to reanimate dead human tissue, as we all know, met with mixed results. When Freddy finds out that he is the inheritor of his grandfather’s estate, he journeys to Frankenstein Castle in Transylvania, meets Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), Inga (“Roll, roll, roll in zie hay…”), and Frau Blucher (“Neeeeeiiiighh”), and is awakened to the potential of his grandfather’s experiments. The ensemble cast couldn’t be better–Marty Feldman as Igor, Teri Garr as Inga, Cloris Leachman as Frau Blucher, Kenneth Mars as Inspector Kemp, Madeline Kahn as Freddy’s debutante fiancé Elizabeth, and the fantastic Peter Boyle as The Monster. So funny…I’m still laughing about it. Filmed in glorious black and white. Written by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder. Directed by Mel Brooks. “Walk this way.”

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