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Young Frankenstein (1974)

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

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Mel Brooks

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Gene Wilder (screen story and screenplay), Mel Brooks (screen story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Wilder ... Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Peter Boyle ... The Monster
Marty Feldman ... Igor
Madeline Kahn ... Elizabeth
Cloris Leachman ... Frau Blücher
Teri Garr ... Inga
Kenneth Mars ... Inspector Kemp
Richard Haydn ... Herr Falkstein
Liam Dunn ... Mr. Hilltop
Danny Goldman Danny Goldman ... Medical Student
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Sadistic Jailor (as Oscar Beregi)
Arthur Malet ... Village Elder
Richard Roth Richard Roth ... Insp. Kemp's Aide
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Gravedigger
Rusty Blitz Rusty Blitz ... Gravedigger
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein junior See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$86,300,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The painting behind Inspector Kemp in the village meeting hall is "The Children of Charles I" by Anthony van Dyck. See more »

Goofs

When Gerhard Falkstein meets Dr. Frankenstein in his class, he refers to Baron von Frankenstein as his great-grandfather, whilst in the rest of the film he refers to him as the grandfather. However, it is stated later in the film (most notably in the deleted sequence "The Reading Of The Will"), that the Frankenstein whose will is being read is the Great-Grandfather, and the infamous Victor Frankenstein is his son, or Frederick's Grandfather. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: If we look at the base of a brain, which has just been removed from the skull, there's very little of the mid-brain that we can actually see. Yet, as I demonstrated in my lecture last week, if the under aspects of the temporal lobes are gently pulled apart, the upper portion of the stem of the brain can be seen. The so-called "brain stem" consists of the mid-brain, a rounded protrusion called the pons, and a stalk tapering downwards called the medulla oblongata, which passes out of...
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Crazy Credits

Based on characters in the novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. See more »

Alternate Versions

In some versions of the movie, a scene which showed Dr. Frankenstein demonstrating the Monster's power of balance by placing an empty milk bottle in one of the creature's hands, and a full milk bottle in the other hand, was later cut. For years, the only existing media of this scene was a photo in the paperback book of YF. However, in fall 2008, footage of this scene finally appeared on the blu-ray edition of the film, in which two angles of the missing scene were shown. See more »

Connections

Featured in Making Frankensense of 'Young Frankenstein' (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ain't Got Nobody (and Nobody Cares for Me)
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Music by Spencer Williams
Lyrics by Roger Graham
Sung by Marty Feldman
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Mel Brooks' valentine to the classic Universal horror films; his best too!
23 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

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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