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Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  15 December 1974 (USA)
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Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments.



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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 Flavio Rizzardi <>

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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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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to Mel Brooks (in the commentary for Spaceballs (1987)) when Gene Wilder came on the cast for Blazing Saddles (1974), he requested that Mel Brooks do "his" movie idea next; that movie turned out to be this film. See more »


When Inga and Igor are turning the wheel to lift Frederick to the roof of the castle, the platform is moving faster than they are turning the wheel. See more »


Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: For the experiment to be a success, all of the body parts must be enlarged.
Inga: In other vords: his veins, his feet, his hands, his organs vould all have to be increased in size.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Exactly.
Inga: He vould have an enormous schwanzstucker.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: That goes without saying.
Inga: Voof.
Igor: He's going to be very popular.
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Mel Brooks' valentine to the classic Universal horror films; his best too!
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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) **** Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, Teri Garr, Gene Hackman. Mel Brooks' masterpiece horror comic spoof of all those Universal Frankenstein flicks of the Thirties expertly capturing the set design (actually from the 1931 classic!) and overall look of those timeless films. Wilder is the manic grandson of Baron von Frankenstein ("that's pronounced Frahnkensteen!) who goes back to merry ole Transylvania and follows in his family's footsteps ("vootshteps! vootshteps!") and creates a comic creation with Boyle as the chrome-domed, zippernecked monster who can do a mean song and dance of "Puttin' On The Ritz"! Hilarious sight gags and puns aplenty. Marty as the perpetually hump-shifting hunchback Igor ("that's Eye-gore!") is a scream with his oneliners and bugged eyes. Best line: the good doctor and Igor gravedigging with the summation: "Could be worse, could be raining!" and then downpours. Best bit: Foolishness with the Blind Hermit (Hackman) in one hysterical moment.

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