YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

(1974)
With Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr, Marty Feldman, Kenneth Mars, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Gene Hackman
Directed by Mel Brooks
Black and White
Reviewed by JL

His creation comes to a boyle    A brilliant burlesque of the old Universal horror films, Mel Brooks's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is a classic comedy in every respect and perhaps the funniest picture ever made.  If anyone needs reminding, the memorable stuff includes Fronk-en-shteen / Taffeta, darling / Ya, ya, track 29 / Vould you like a roll in ze hay? / There, wolf; there, castle / Blucher, neeiigh! / What knockers! / Ovaltine? / Filthy, slimy rat! / Could be worse, could be raining / Hans Delbruck, scientist and saint / An enormous schwanzshtooker / Said-a-GIVE!?! / He vas my boyfriend!! / A rrriot is an ugly t'ink! / You take the blonde, I'll take the one in the turban...and ah, sweet mystery of life at last I've found you.  The gorgeous black-and-white photography by Gerald Hirschfeld and the production design by Dale Hennesy also figure prominently, making it Brooks's most technically polished film. 5 - JL

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