A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, frau Blucher -iiiiihhh!-. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather is only crap, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind... Written by
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Cloris Leachman, on NPR's "Fresh Air" on June 3, 2009, claimed that Mel Brooks told her that Blücher (as in Frau Blücher) means "glue" in German, hence the reason for the horse whinnies. However, this is not true: Blücher bears no resemblance to the German for glue. It's a very common name, so that shouting "Frau Blücher!" is equivalent to shouting "Ms. Jones!" According to supplementary information on the DVD the horse's terror at her name is meant to show that she is a terrible and frightening person. See more »
When Helga flies through the window of her house and lands on her bed (after the Monster sends her flying on the seesaw) you can see the string attached to her to hoist her in the air. See more »
An incredibly funny and affectionate send-up of the horror film in general and Frankenstein films in particular
There really isn't much I can say that doubtless someone else hasn't said. Brooks used the same location and sets that were used for the lab scenes in the original 1931 James Whale version. Anyone who doesn't laugh at either the scene with Gene Hackman as a blind hermit or the scene where Marty Feldman and Gene Wilder are discussing the brain that Feldman brought for transplant has absolutely no pulse whatsoever. Gloriously funny from start to finish. Kenneth Mars is a hoot and Liam Dunn is a scream in one of the most painful-looking funny scenes in cinematic history! Most Highly Recommended.
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