Directed By: Mel Brooks
Starring: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman
The late Gene Wilder always had an amazing knack in anything he did to bring to life wildly energetic, funny and sometimes downright looney characters. He was also a gifted writer who had a brilliant imagination, this was his personal spin on the famed Frankenstein tale.
Young Frankenstein tells the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a brilliant young neurosurgeon who has it all, a great career as a lecturer, a wife and a huge chip on his shoulders. For you see, he is the grandson of the famed Mad Doctor Victor Von Frankenstein and after his death, Frederick inherits his castle and all it’s contents.
The Young Frankenstein is less than enthusiastic about his famous grandfather’s work but after reading a diary left behind by the mad doctor, he soon begins to change his mind……
Clip: “The Sedative” courtesy: “MovieClips Coming Soon”
This is a great film and it pays tribute to the classic Frankenstein films by shooting entirely in Black & White (it was made in 1974). Gene Wilder was brilliant as Frederick Frankenstein and Marty Feldman and Peter Boyle added star packed support to a movie based on an idea that the gifted minds of Mel Brooks & Gene Wilder could only comprehend. They would repeat this successful partnership (albeit in a smaller role for Wilder) for Blazing Saddles the same year.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars