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Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  15 December 1974 (USA)
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An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, travels to his family's home country and discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Dunn ...
Danny Goldman ...
Oscar Beregi Jr. ...
Sadistic Jailor (as Oscar Beregi)
Village Elder
Richard A. Roth ...
Insp. Kemp's Aide (as Richard Roth)
Monte Landis ...
Rusty Blitz ...


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 <spillo@maya.dei.unpid.it>

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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The two lab assistants are named Igor and Inga. Inga is the feminine form of the old Swedish name Ingvar or Ingmar. The Russian name Igor is, according to some linguistic scholars, a corruption of the same name. See more »


When Fredrick and Inga are caught after having sex, the shot of the platform coming down from the roof is reused from when the monster is reanimated. you can see Dr Frankenstein's legs and lab coat standing on the side of the platform as it lowers. See more »


Inspector Kemp: Let's all go have some sponge cake and a little wine...
[the Monster shakes his mechanical hand, popping it off]
Inspector Kemp: Oh, shit!
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Crazy Credits

The zero in the 20th century fox logo at the beginning is slightly tilted. See more »


Referenced in Wedding Slashers (2006) See more »


Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Sung by Madeline Kahn
Also sung by Teri Garr
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Comedic Genius

Mel Brooks' tribute to the Frankenstein movies of the 40s is done with such love, such skill, and such side-splitting, fall-on-the-floor hilarity, that it has rightfully become a comedy classic. I first saw it in a movie theater: I had no idea what it was, had very little knowledge of Mel Brooks at the time, and expected to be bored. Instead, I found myself shrieking aloud with laughter that became so intense, I missed many of the major lines. Hence the video.

What can I say? From the wild-eyed Igor, the hunchbacked Transylvanian servant whose hump keeps changing from side to side, to the modern-day descendant of Baron von Frankenstein, determined not to follow in his great-grandfather's nefarious footsteps, to the nurse, a naif with enormous...er...chestal appendages, to the fearsome Frau Bleucher, whose mere mention causes horses in the castle's faraway stables to neigh in fear...to the scene of the monster and his creator singing and dancing in black tie to "putting on the Ritz," this movie should come with a warning: "Danger--Uncontrollable Laughter May Become Chronic."

The cast is beyond superb. The late, wonderful British comedian Marty Feldman (Igor), who turned his congenital wandering eyes into comedic foils, never misses a beat as second banana to Gene Wilder, who plays the distraught Dr. Frankenstein to the hilt and beyond. Cloris Leachman, who looks like a cross between a witch and a warlock, plays the feared housekeeper Frau Bleucher (neighhh!!!), and a very young, beautiful, and buxom Teri Garr plays the nurse-assistant to the good doctor. Then there is the marvelous Madeline Kahn, who gave a bravura performance as the doctor's fiancee. The late comedienne's burst into operatic ecstasy during her rape by the monster is simply inspired, and is one of the comedic high points of the entire film. All of Kahn's considerable talents came into play during this movie; she was taken from us too soon.

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