The funniest comedy of all time!
"Great fun. Boxoffice Magazine
|This finely tuned parody of the old frankenstein pictures has both in quantity: as well as the appropriate music, laboratory sets, and black and white camera work. Vivid characterizations such as boyle's monster and feldmans hunchback assistant complete the craziness.|
"A monster riot. The New York Times
"Comedy just doesn't get any better than this classic. Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Rediscover Young Frankenstein if you haven't seen it in a while. It is a true classic. Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"...Brooks at his campy best. Luanne Brown, Chico Enterprise-Record
"Undoubtedly the funniest movie ever made. Monica Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"Brooks's most accomplished work, combining his well-known brand of comedy with stylish direction and a uniformly excellent cast. TV Guide
An affectionate parody that pays homage to the FRANKENSTEIN films (from the novel FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley) directed by James Whale in the 1930s, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is both a zany comedy and a cinematic tour de force. Written by director Mel Brooks and the film's star, Gene Wilder, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN has all the usual--and in this case slightly unusual--suspects: the reluctant scientist Frederick Frankenstein, who is actually the grandson of the infamous creature-creator (pronounced "Fronken-steen" and played by Wilder), his spoiled fiancée (Madeline Kahn), Igor the pop-eyed hunchback (Marty Feldman), his dizzy assistant (Teri Garr), the castle's hideous head housekeeper (Cloris Leachman), and, of course, the Monster (Peter Boyle). Highlights include the sets, which are the original ones used in the Whale films; the beautiful black-and-white cinematography; and the fine screenplay. Combining noirish elegance with uproarious sight gags and double entendres is a feat Brooks pulls off fabulously, directing the wonderful ensemble to act with sensitivity and humanistic feelings as well as with lunatic abandon. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is a treat from beginning to end.
Cast & Crew
||Richard Portman, Gene S. Cantamessa, Nominee, Best Sound
||Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material
Golden Globe (1975)
||Cloris Leachman, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy
||Madeline Kahn, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
|"Can I get you some--sing, Doctor, some varm meelk, perhaps?"----Frau Blucher|"Nothing, no. I'm fine."----Frankenstein (Gene Wilder)|"Nosing at all?"----Frau Blucher|"No, NOTHING."----Frankenstein|"Ovalteeeen?"----Frau Blucher|"NO!"----Frankenstein
|"What knockers!"----Frederick as he simultaneously looks at the doors to the castle and helps Inga (Teri Garr) down from the horse--drawn cart|"Sank you, Doctor!" she fetchingly replies
"...Mel Brooks' masterpiece....[It] turned out to be one of Twentieth Century-Fox's biggest hits of the era..."
"...With sterling support from Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman and the superb Marty Feldman..."
Sight and Sound
"...[With] some inspired comic performances from Peter Boyle and Gene Wilder..."
"[Brooks'] funniest movie. Gene Wilder as Frankenstein's grandson is all repressed hysteria, Marty Feldman a superbly deformed Igor..."
Boxoffice Magazine 0 of 10
With Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks successfully spoofed westerns. Now he takes on horror movies, a field that has sometimes been funny when the films were done too seriously. Director Brooks, who doesn't appear in the film, wrote the screenplay with star Gene Wilder from the classic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. They also took highlights from the 1931 film original and its first two sequels, Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939), using characters from all three. The wild humor of Brooks and Wilder and the even wilder humor of Marty Feldman as the hunchback with a roaming hunch should ensure hefty returns for the Michael Gruskoff production. Peter Boyle is the bald monster with a zipper in his neck, and Kenneth Mars does a broad burlesque of Lionel Atwill's one-armed police inspector from the 1939 film. Gene Hackman guest-stars as the blind hermit of the 1935 release. Cloris Leachman and Madeline Kahn add their names for marquee luster. The black-and-white photography of Gerald Hirschfeld is excellent, and John Morris' score, done straight, is also very good. The spoof uses some of Kenneth Strickfaden's original machinery for the Frankenstein laboratory. Overall, it's great fun.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 0 of 10
One of the funniest (and most quotable) movies of all time, a finely tuned parody of old Frankenstein pictures, scripted by Wilder and Brooks, with appropriate music (by John Morris), sets, laboratory equipment (some of it from the 1930s), and b&w camerawork (by Gerald Hirschfeld). Plus vivid characterizations by mad doctor Wilder, monster Boyle, hunchback assistant Feldman, et al. Spoof of blind-man sequence from Bride Of Frankenstein with Gene Hackman is uproarious.
- Leonard Maltin
Apollo Movie Guide 9 of 10
"I'd rather be remembered for my own small contributions to science and not because of my accidental relationship to a famous... cuckoo." So says the young Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder), a physician and educator who is not proud of his famous grandfather -- Dr. Victor Frankenstein -- the guy who dug up dead bodies and assembled their parts to create Frankenstein's monster...Before long, this brilliantly realized satire is sending up pretty much every Frankenstein movie ever made. Director Mel Brooks has constructed a well-paced comedy that delivers laughs from start to finish. It's a great mix of physical humour, punnery and playful takeoffs of scenes from old films. Too add to the effect, it's filmed in black and white...Wilder spends at least half the movie shouting desperately, but it's not the least bit irritating. He's funny and delivers a well-thought-out performance that involves a lot more skill and restraint than it might first seem...When the monster makes his appearance, he too is funny. Peter Boyle plays the big guy as a loveable, goofy creation who sits still while hot soup is poured in his lap, but can't handle so much as a glimpse at a lighted match. The rest of the supporting cast is also very good, particularly Feldman, Garr and Kenneth Mars, who plays Inspector Kemp, who's reminiscent of a melange of Peter Sellers' characters in another great comedy, Dr. Strangelove...Clearly, Brooks and Wilder (who co-wrote the script) have a soft spot for old monster movies. And the comedy here is refreshingly restrained. Sure, it's silly, but there's little call for bathroom humour, excessive violence or other staples of more recent comedies...Granted, Young Frankenstein probably would have worked even better if ten minutes or so had been trimmed from its 106-minute length, but this is a minor quibble with a classic comedy...Mary Shelley might not have been amused, but we sure are.
- Brian Webster
Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
The moment, when it comes, has the inevitability of comic genius. Young Victor Frankenstein, grandson of the count who started it all, returns by rail to his ancestral home. As the train pulls into the station, he spots a kid on the platform, lowers the window, and asks: "Pardon me, boy; is this the Transylvania station?" It is, and director Mel Brooks is home with "Young Frankenstein," his most disciplined and visually inventive film (it also happens to be very funny). Victor is a professor in a New York medical school, trying to live down the family name and giving hilarious demonstrations of the difference between voluntary and involuntary reflexes. He stabs himself in the process, dismisses the class, and is visited by an ancient family retainer with his grandfather's will...In his two best comedies, before this, "The Producers" and "Blazing Saddles," Brooks revealed a rare comic anarchy. His movies weren't just funny, they were aggressive and subversive, making us laugh even when we really should have been offended..."Young Frankenstein" is as funny as we expect a Mel Brooks comedy to be, but it's more than that: It shows artistic growth and a more sure-handed control of the material by a director who once seemed willing to do literally anything for a laugh. It's more confident and less breathless...That's partly because the very genre he's satirizing gives him a strong narrative he can play against. Brooks's targets are James Whale's "Frankenstein" (1931) and "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), the first the most influential and the second probably the best of the 1930s Hollywood horror movies...From its opening title (which manages to satirize "Frankenstein" and "Citizen Kane" at the same time) to its closing, uh, refrain, "Young Frankenstein" is not only a Mel Brooks movie but also a loving commentary on our love-hate affairs with monsters.
- Roger Ebert