A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years.


Mel Brooks


Mel Brooks (screenplay), Ron Clark (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Brooks ... Mel Funn
Marty Feldman ... Marty Eggs
Dom DeLuise ... Dom Bell
Sid Caesar ... Studio Chief
Harold Gould ... Engulf
Ron Carey ... Devour
Bernadette Peters ... Vilma Kaplan
Carol Arthur ... Pregnant Lady
Liam Dunn ... Newsvendor
Fritz Feld ... Maitre d'
Chuck McCann ... Studio Gate Guard
Valerie Curtin ... Intensive Care Nurse
Yvonne Wilder ... Studio Chief's Secretary
Harry Ritz ... Man in Tailor Shop
Charlie Callas ... Blindman


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 Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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In glorious phonic sound.




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Did You Know?


When the dialogue cards reveal Mel Funn said to Marty Eggs, "You bad boy!", Mel Brooks can clearly be seen mouthing, "You dirty son of a bitch!" See more »


When Mel's car is lowered when the pregnant lady steps off, a small set of wheels can be seen below the car. These small wheels raise and low the front wheels of the car. See more »


Mel Funn: [mouths, very clearly] You son of a bitch!
[an insert title appears, which reads: "You bad boy."]
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Crazy Credits

At the opening credits, a colored print version of the 20th Century Fox logo is shown on a billboard, past which Mel Brooks drives. Then the credits begin. See more »

Alternate Versions

On television prints, some of the subtitles are remade to become less offensive. See more »


Referenced in Johnny Dangerously (1984) See more »


Let's Face the Music and Dance
Music by Irving Berlin
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User Reviews

Fun filled Mel Brooks movie about "silent movies"...
7 October 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

If you're a Mel Brooks fan, you've probably heard of SILENT MOVIE--and my advice is to see it if you haven't yet.

It's one of his more brilliant and inventive ideas and it gets the wacky screen treatment you expect from Brooks. Naturally, it's not really silent. There is a very well-timed background score (no, not a tinkling piano) and all of the thuds are vigorously heard on the soundtrack. But there's no dialog--you read the silly captions that replace the sound of voices, just as folks did way back when.

Sid Ceasar is a film producer that Mel has to convince to let him do a "silent movie". He agrees provided Mel hires well-known movie stars to give it box-office insurance. That's the gist of the plot which then has MEL BROOKS and DOM DeLUISE scouting around Hollywood for stars like Paul Newman, Liza Minnelli, James Caan and Anne Bancroft to star in the film.

It's full of the usual sight gags, the falls on banana peels, through trap doors, everything that happened in a Keystone Kops comedy. Maybe not the funniest Brooks caper but still loads of fun to watch with a brisk running time of 87 minutes.

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Release Date:

16 June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Movie Plus See more »


Box Office


$4,400,000 (estimated)

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Crossbow Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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