DVD 106 mins IMDB 8.0 (27,504 votes) top 250: #200
Young Frankenstein
20th Century Fox (1974)
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(2003 )
Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
USA  /  English

Gene Wilder Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Peter Boyle The Monster
Marty Feldman Igor
Madeline Kahn Elizabeth
Cloris Leachman Frau Blücher
Teri Garr Inga
Kenneth Mars Police Inspector Hans Wilhelm Friederich Kemp
Richard Haydn Gerhard Falkstein
Liam Dunn Mr. Hilltop
Danny Goldman Medical Student
Gene Hackman Blind Hermit
Arthur Malet Village Elder
Mel Brooks Insp. Kemp's Aide
Oscar Beregi Jr. Sadistic Jailor (as Oscar Beregi)
Anne Beesley Helga, Girl at Well
Monte Landis Gravedigger
Rusty Blitz Gravedigger

Director Mel Brooks
Producer Michael Gruskoff
Writer Mary Shelley; Gene Wilder; Mel Brooks; <b>Mel Brooks</b>
Cinematography Gerald Hirschfeld
Musician Victor Herbert; John Morris; William Steffe
User Credit 1 John C. Howard
User Credit 2 Dorothy Jeakins

Lending his burlesque touch to 1970s genre revision, Mel Brooks followed his hit "western" Blazing Saddles with this parody of 1930s Universal horror movies. Determined to live down his family's reputation, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (co-screenwriter Gene Wilder) insists on pronouncing his name "Fronckensteen" and denies interest in replicating his grandfather's experiments. But when he is lured by Frau Blucher (Cloris Leachman) to discover the tantalizingly titled journal "How I Did It" in his grandfather's castle, he cannot resist. With the help of voluptuous Inga (Teri Garr), wall-eyed assistant Igor (Marty Feldman), and a purloined brain, Frankenstein creates his monster (Peter Boyle). Igor, however, stole the wrong brain, and the monster tears off into the countryside, encountering a little girl and a blind hermit (Gene Hackman). Frankenstein finds the monster and trains him to do a little "Puttin' On the Ritz" soft-shoe, but the monster escapes again, this time seducing Frankenstein's uptight fiancée Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn) with his, ahem, sweet mystery. His love life and experiment in shambles, Frankenstein finally finds a way to create the being he had planned. Shooting in gleaming black-and-white, with sets and props from the 1930s and appropriate fright music by John Morris, Brooks' cheeky attitude towards the Hollywood past attracted a large audience, turning it into one of the most popular 1974 releases after (what else?) Blazing Saddles. — Lucia Bozzola

Edition Details
Barcode 024543027089
Region Region 1
Chapters 28
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Special Edition Widescreen NTSC
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User Text 2 The scariest comedy of all time!
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Trivia: The howling wolf sound on the ride to the castle was made by director Mel Brooks. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: In the dart throwing scene the first dart lands in a "7" space and the rest near the bullseye. After a cut-away, the dart in the "7" spot is missing. (more)

Frau Blücher: I am Frau Blücher.
[horses whinny]

Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 3 nominations (more)