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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) - PG

Yet another Mel Brooks' classic involving the contributions of one talented Gene Wilder. In this hilarious spoof, a young neurosurgeon suddenly inherits the castle of his late famous grandfather, Dr. Victor von Frankestein. Upon arriving at his new castle, the surgeon discovers the infamous hunchback , Igor, the beautiful lab assistant Inga, and an interesting housekeeper by the name of Blucher. Though the young Frankenstein initially thinks that his grandfather's "work" is ridiculous, it isn't until he stumbles upon a book with detailed instructions on how to create a "re-animation experiment" that the young Frankenstein begins to secondguess his doubts...

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, from director Mel Brooks, is a delightful, classic comedy.

The sparkling cast includes: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, Richard Hadyn, and Gene Hackman.

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This hilarious tale involves a youngish college professor, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) a surgeon who teaches at a medical college, that is truly ashamed of his grandfather's work, even to the point of pronouncing his last name differently. When asked about his grandfather's work, his comical response is, "Yes, we ALL KNOW what he did!" After receiving the family will, he returns to the ancestral mansion in the old country, where he discovers his long dead relative's secret laboratory and diary, which give details of his experiments, involving bringing life to the dead, which inspires him to continue in his grandfather's experiments, resulting in a very entertaining movie.

It really helps the film that some of the sets from the original 1930s, "Frankenstein," were available. Part of the success of this parody is that it so accurately recreates the genre it's poking fun at.

This very funny screenplay by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, is brought alive by a fantastic cast, all comedians in their own right, gifted in comic timing and delivery. The gifted direction and pacing were right on the mark, one of Mel Brook's best films.

Gene Wilder and Teri Garr, as his assistant / lover Inga, make a great romantic team.The wild haired, manic Wilder has excellent screen chemistry, and timing, with the sly, sweet faced, curvy Garr.

Boyle gives an inspired performance as the Frankenstein monster. With his hulking form, huge forehead, and sweet smile, Boyle makes for a sympathetic, viewer- friendly monster, who occasionally can get rather cranky, and out of sorts. A favorite scene involves Boyle and Wilder putting on a soft shoe number on stage to try to show the townspeople that they have nothing to fear.

Madeline Kahn as Elizabeth, plays Gene Wilder's girl friend from the states who is a very self-absorbed person, comes to the castle to keep an eye on him. This is Kahn at her best in her part.

Gene Hackman plays a lonely, blind man who prays every day just for some company. Hackman can do comedy very well, which shows the scope & breadth of his talent as an actor.

Another favorite secene involves Gene Hackman and Peter Boyle. Eager for company, Hackman graciously tries to make Boyle feel at home and tries to serve him some soup. When the soup ends up in Boyle's lap, the results are hilarious.

Kenneth Mars humorously plays a one-armed police chief, Inspector Kemp, who has an artificial arm that has some gags associated with it, speaks in so thick of an accent that even the townspeople can't understand him, and offers some fine comedic moments to the film. The dart scene involving Wilder and Mars is a classic one.

Many running gags pop up from time to time. A fun, running gag involves bug-eyed Igor (Marty Feldman) and his hump. The hump's position changes in the course of the film, despite Feldman's claim to the contrary. Another amusing gag is that whenever Cloris Leachman's character' name, Frau Blucher, is mentioned, one hears the horses neigh in terror, even when they aren't in the scene.

If you enjoyed YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN you may like BLAZING SADDLES, HIGH ANXIETY, HOT SHOTS, PART DEUX, GHOSTBUSTERS, THE PRODUCERS, and/or ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS.