Young Frankenstein (1974)
Updated: Oct 15, 2022
Plot Summary: Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather's experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor's fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn).
*Recognition: Nominated for Best Sound and Adapted Screenplay; No. 13 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 funniest American movies. In 2003, it was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the United States National Film Preservation Board, and selected for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry. On its 40th anniversary, Brooks considered it by far his finest (although not his funniest) film as a writer-director.
What is this movie is about?: Parodying the horror genre by taking on one of its endearing symbols.
Best Performance: Gene Wilder
Best Minor Performance: Marty Feldman/Peter Boyle
Most Charismatic Award: Marty Feldman
Best Scene: Puttin' on a Ritz/the monster visits the blind villager (Gene Hackman)
Favorite Scene: Introduction of Frau Bluecher
Most Indelible Moment: Puttin' on a Ritz
Igor: Dr. Frankenstein?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Frokensteen.
Igor: You're putting me on.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No, it pronounced, "Fronkensteen".
Igor: Do you also say Froaderick?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No . . . "Frederick."
Igor: Well, why isn't it "Froaderick Fronkensteen"?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: It isn't, it's "Frederick Fronkensteen"
Igor: I see.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You must be Igor. [He pronounces it ee-gor.]
Igor: No, it's pronounced "eye-gor."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: But they told me it was "ee-gor"..
Igor: Well, they were wrong then, weren't they?
Igor: I can remember what my dad used to say in times like this. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: What did he say? Igor: 'What the hell are you doing in the bathroom all day and night? Give someone else a chance!'
Inga: Hallo. Vould you like a roll in ze hay? It's fun. [she begins rolling in the hay] Roll, roll, roll in ze hay.
Dr. Frankenstein: For the experiment to be a success, all of the body parts must be enlarged.
Inga: His veins, his feet, his hands, his organs vould all have to be increased in size.
Dr. Frankenstein: Precisely.
Inga: [her eyes get wide] He vould have an enormous schwanzschtücker.
Dr. Frankenstein:[ponders this a moment] That goes without saying.
Igor: He's going to be very popular.
The Stanley Rubric:
Audience Score: 9.2