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Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG | | Comedy | 15 December 1974 (USA)
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Airs Sun. Oct. 30, 8:00 PM on TCM

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.



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The scariest comedy of all time!




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Release Date:

15 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein junior  »

Box Office


$2,800,000 (estimated)


$86,300,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gene Hackman learned about the film through his frequent tennis partner Gene Wilder and requested a role, because he wanted to try comedy. See more »


Right before Frankenstein goes up to the top of the tower to animate the monster, you can see the monster's chest move up and down. See more »


Igor: Wait Master, it might be dangerous... you go first.
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Crazy Credits

The zero in the 20th Century Fox logo at the beginning is slightly tilted See more »


Referenced in Happily N'Ever After (2006) See more »


Puttin' on the Ritz
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung and Danced by Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle
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User Reviews

Probably the best comedy I've ever seen
4 October 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

If you love comedies, but haven't seen Young Frankenstein, you're in for a delicious treat.After three decades, it still makes people laugh to death, and it's a must-see for every spoof lover in the world.

Actually, it's not a parody, but a homage by Mel Brooks to James Whale's classic,shot in black and white on the same location and with the same props.

The "hero" is Dr.Frederick Frankenstein(Gene Wilder), who, after a long period in which he hated it, decides to repeat his grandfather's experiment.The result is the Transylvanians want to kill him, despite the fact that the monster is the most harmless creature in the world.

This sort of sequel to the original Frankenstein is hilarious from start to finish, mostly because of two actors:Peter Boyle and Martin Feldman.The former is great as the mute creature(he'll compensate that by talking too much in Everybody Loves Raymond), particularly in the scene with Gene Hackman's Blind Man.But it's Feldman's Igor that makes this film unmissable.No wonder, given he's got the best lines("Wait Master.It might be dangerous...you go first").

With no doubt Mel Brooks' masterpiece.

The Scary Movie franchise wishes it was this good.

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