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Release Date:
25 December 1977 (USA) See more »
The Master of Comedy takes on The Master of Suspense! See more »
Mel Brooks' parody of Alfred Hitchcock films. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mel Brooks ... Richard H. Thorndyke

Madeline Kahn ... Victoria Brisbane

Cloris Leachman ... Nurse Diesel

Harvey Korman ... Dr. Charles Montague

Ron Carey ... Brophy

Howard Morris ... Professor Lilloman

Dick Van Patten ... Dr. Wentworth

Jack Riley ... The Desk Clerk

Charlie Callas ... Cocker Spaniel
Ron Clark ... Zachary Cartwright
Rudy De Luca ... Killer (as Rudy DeLuca)

Barry Levinson ... Bellboy

Lee Delano ... Norton
Richard Stahl ... Dr. Baxter
Darrell Zwerling ... Dr. Eckhardt
Murphy Dunne ... Piano Player
Al Hopson ... Man Who is Shot
Robert Ridgely ... Flasher (as Bob Ridgely)
Albert Whitlock ... Arthur Brisbane (as Albert J. Whitlock)
Pearl Shear ... Screaming Woman at Gate
Arnold Soboloff ... Dr. Colburn
Eddie Ryder ... Doctor at Convention

Sandy Helberg ... Airport Attendant
Fred Franklyn ... Man (as Fredric Franklyn)
Deborah Dawes ... Stewardess
Bernie Kuby ... Dr. Wilson

Billy Sands ... Customer
Ira Miller ... Psychiatrist with Children
Jimmy Martinez ... Waiter
Beatrice Colen ... Maid
Robert Manuel ... Policeman at Airport
Hunter von Leer ... Policeman at Airport (as Hunter Von Leer)

John Dennis ... Orderly
Robin Menken ... Cocktail Waitress
Frank Campanella ... Bartender
Henry Kaiser ... New Groom
Bullets Durgom ... Man in Phone Booth
Joe Bellan ... Male Attendant
Mitchell Bock ... Bar Patron
Jay Burton ... Patient
Bryan Englund ... Orderly #2
Anne Macey ... Screaming Woman
Alan U. Schwartz ... Psychiatrist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Lussier ... Thorndyke's Father in flashback (uncredited)

Directed by
Mel Brooks 
Writing credits
Mel Brooks (written by) &
Ron Clark (written by) &
Rudy De Luca (written by) (as Rudy DeLuca) &
Barry Levinson (written by)

Produced by
Mel Brooks .... producer
Original Music by
John Morris (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Paul Lohmann (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John C. Howard (edited by)
Production Design by
Peter Wooley 
Set Decoration by
Richard D. Kent  (as Richard Kent)
Anne MacCauley 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Sugar Blymyer .... hairdresser
Terry Miles .... makeup
Linda Trainoff .... hairdresser
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup (as Tom Tuttle)
Production Management
Ernest B. Wehmeyer .... production manager (as Ernest Wehmeyer)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Johnson .... second assistant director
Jonathan Sanger .... assistant director
David Sosna .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bill MacSems .... property master
Edward Richardson .... assistant art director
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Claudia Gilligan Ivanjack .... painter (uncredited)
Benjamin Resella .... scenic effects supervisor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
William Hartman .... sound effects
Richard Portman .... re-recording mixer
Richard Sperber .... sound effects
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jack Monroe .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects (as Albert J. Whitlock)
Henry Schoessler .... matte crew (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edmond L. Koons .... camera operator (as Ed Koons)
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
J. Michael Marlett .... gaffer (as Michael J. Marlett)
Guy Polzel .... key grip
Mike Ferra .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jered Green .... costumer
Wally Harton .... costumer
Nancy Martinelli .... costumer
Editorial Department
Thomas G. Jingles .... apprentice editor
Mary Scott .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ralph Burns .... orchestrator
John R. Harris .... music editor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
John Morris .... conductor
John Morris .... orchestrator
Nathan Scott .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (as Danny Wallin)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jerry F. Johnson .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Roslyn Chaitoff .... assistant: to Mr. Brooks
Ron Clark .... production consultant
Stuart Cornfeld .... assistant to producer
Abe Glazer .... production accountant
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
Harold Michelson .... continuity sequences
Ray Berwick .... bird trainer (uncredited)
Karl Mitchell .... pigeon trainer (uncredited)
Richard 'Bongo' Mitchell .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock .... dedicated to: the Master of Suspense
Crew verified as complete

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #25032)

Did You Know?

This tribute to Alfred Hitchcock contains references to more than 10 of his films: see the links to other titles. Mel Brooks held a private preview of the movie for Hitchcock to see his reaction. When Hitchcock walked out at movie's end without saying a word, Brooks feared that Hitchcock hated the movie. But days later, Hitchcock sent a congratulatory case of wine to Brooks, knowing that Brooks was a wine connoisseur.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Toward the end of the "BIRDS" scene when Dr. Thorndyke is sitting in the gardener's shed being showered by the pigeons above him, one gob of the 'mayonnaise and spinach' mixture enters the picture from the left and strikes him on his left shoulder. Who launched this horizontal projectile?See more »
Nurse Diesel:Oh, get off it. I know you better than you know yourself. You live for bondage and discipline!
Dr. Charles Montague:[moaning] Too much bondage. Too much bondage. Not enough discipline!
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"Get the newspaper, get the newspaper!", 14 January 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Mel Brooks, if nothing else, is spectacular at collecting up the clichés, the stereotypes, the conventions, the seriousness, and at the same time the joy and entertainment that comes in the different works he has made fun of over his career (countless westerns with Blazing Saddles, historical epics with History of the World part 1, the sci-fi boom of Star Wars/Trek with Spaceballs, silent films with Silent Movie). Here is no exception, as he tackles squarely the unmistakable catalog of Sir Alfred Hitchcock. All of the hits are here, and transfused into a story that is kooky, predictable, but all the while giving some very good belly laughs. Even if it doesn't always strike where the iron is unexpectedly hot like with Saddles or the Producers, it still makes its mark with uncanny ability in making the film watchable while being often unrelenting (whether everything works gag-wise or not) with the spoofs.

Mel Brooks stars as Dr. Richard Thorndyke, a psychiatrist with his own problem- a fear of heights (Vertigo, anyone). In the midst of this a murder takes place (it's an usual one, by the way, involving a scene in a car that's unsettling while hilarious). The major set-pieces take place at a hotel Dr. Thorndyke stays at for a conference, where the plot seems to thicken even tighter. At times one wonders if the film maybe should take itself a little more seriously to work, like with Young Frankenstein. But by also not letting up with the silliness and over-the-top gags, there are at least a few that stand-out in the overall Brooks oeuvre. One or two are just plain dumb funny, like a wolf-man imitation ala Harvey Korman to a patient afraid of werewolves during a session with Brooks. More often than not in the film, the gags are very expected, getting right to the point as it were.

The chief examples lie in two scenes that work great, and one that works OK. The first involves a particular bellhop not too fond of getting order for a newspaper (played by a young Barry Levinson), which leads to an all too obvious but shamelessly funny Psycho spoof. Or, of course, the scene in the park with the birds of THE Birds, which remains a truly disgusting scene in some respects (even if the laughs wear down towards the end, its a brilliantly constructed set-up). One that doesn't quite go up to snuff is a near-murder scene by a telephone booth. Madeline Kahn's character is on the other end, and the scene is maybe a little too familiar, even as a Hitchcock parody. Towards the end its funny, but only after the fact. It's not totally that the timing is off, maybe just something else that's hard to say. It might be funnier to others.

Still, its the glee thats put forth in the performances, and the little running gags (i.e. "I'll get it, I'll get it...I don't get it"), to make it a notable entry in Brooks' body of work. If you've seen Hitchcock's films and not Brooks' I'd still recommend it at least once, if only out of curiosity, as just from a film buff stand-point its kind of fascinating how a satirist like Brooks takes on Hitchcock's style, which often had its own morbid sense of humor (Psycho, in some ways, is more of a pitch-black comedy than a horror film). For me, the merging worked well, if not for a great overall comedy. And, at the least, there's another catchy title song by Brooks himself, leading to a sweet nightclub scene.

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