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.
Aspiring filmmakers Mel Funn, Marty Eggs and Dom Bell go to a financially troubled studio with an idea for a silent movie. In an effort to make the movie more marketable, they attempt to recruit a number of big name stars to appear, while the studio's creditors attempt to thwart them. The film contains only one word of dialogue, spoken by an unlikely source.Written by
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The original screenplay also featured an actual movie filming scene on the set of the movie, which is also called "Silent Movie". That scene shows the set designer at work, girls on the set wearing hats shaped like a Christmas tree and the characters standing near a pool with no water at first. The line Mel Funn said in the scene via title card was "Lights! Camera! Action! No Sound!" See more »
In the commissary scene, a wooden brace can be seen supporting Liza Minnelli's table so it wouldn't collapse under the weight of the suits of armor. Later, the wooden brace can be seen on the floor under the table. See more »
[mouths, very clearly]
You son of a bitch!
[an insert title appears, which reads: "You bad boy."]
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When the movie starts, the word ''HELLO'' can be seen. Then the camera zooms on the O and Hollywood can be seen. See more »
On television prints, some of the subtitles are remade to become less offensive. See more »
Nobody in the silent era was ever this shameless...
Once Mel Brooks got a taste of success (via the western parody "Blazing Saddles" and his monster-movie homage "Young Frankenstein"), he couldn't stop himself. This honest-to-God silent movie, full of rampaging shtick--and Brooks' celebrity friends popping in just long enough to enjoy the ride--was soon followed by a Hitchcock spoof, an historical free-for-all, twists on "Star Wars", Robin Hood, Dracula, et al. (all concepts). There aren't many original ideas here beyond the conception of Brooks, Dom DeLuise and Marty Feldman mugging shamelessly in a silent format (with title cards reiterating the visual gags with a repeat punchline; when a joke bombs, it does so twice). Bernadette Peters (perhaps standing in for Brooks stable-player Madeline Kahn) and Burt Reynolds (in a lively cameo) give the proceedings some bounce, but rubber-faced Mel is all waving hands and toothy grins...and you can't escape from him. Except for one spoken word (by mime Marcel Marceau), an energetic score and sound effects, this really is a silent movie, but inspiration runs dry, especially since the 'plot'--about modern-day filmmakers casting a silent picture with stars and hoping to save a financially-strapped movie studio--doesn't allow for comic momentum to build. If you're attuned to this kind of childishly raunchy slapstick, there are a few big laughs, and it's blessedly brief. ** from ****
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