‘Young Frankenstein’ has new life on 40th anniversary – LA Times

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Director Mel Brooks spent a lot of money on white handkerchiefs while making his 1974 tour de farce, “Young Frankenstein.” “I gave everybody in the crew a white handkerchief,” said the 88-year-old comedy legend during a recent phone interview. “I said, ‘When you feel like laughing, put this in your mouth.’ Every once in a while, I’d turn around and see a sea of white handkerchiefs, and I said, ‘I got a hit.'”

“Young Frankenstein” was more than a hit. It is a comic masterpiece.

via ‘Young Frankenstein’ has new life on 40th anniversary – LA Times.

11 comments

  1. Love it too.Hard not to in fact.My God was it all those years ago I saw it first.Maybe someone somewhere does not like this film but I have yet to meet anyone who did not.

  2. George Kaplan

    A hilarious movie. “FRONKensteen!”
    “Abby Normal?” “I’m almost certain that was the name.” “Do you mean to tell me that I put an ABNORMAL brain into an eight-foot tall, three hundred pound GORILLA?!” I love it! Strangely, I read Pauline Kael’s original review of it a few days ago (wonder of wonders, she liked it!) and talked about the film as well a day or so after that. “I ain’t got nobody! Ya-tat-ta-tah! Ya-tat-ta-tah!”
    Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle, Kenneth Mars, Marty Feldman, Chloris Leachman,Teri Garr -unbeatable cast. So many great scenes! Gene Hackman as the blind hermit lighting the poor creature’s finger, the “Puttin’ on the Ritz” sequence, the “lock me in with it and whatever I say don’t let me out” scene: wonderfully funny! What a script, what fantastic cinematography, what fabulous performances, and the use of Ken Strickfaden’s props and designs – inspired! Mel Brooks’s best movie? It’s notable that after three of four films had plum roles for Gene, Mel tended to cast himself as the lead in his later movies up until the mid-Eighties while Gene tried his hand at directing whilst continuing to act. Hm.

  3. Thanks George.Well not a lot to be frank.I am off work at the moment as my employment requires me to cope and maintain a high degree of vigilence in a medical setting that can be very dangerous at times in the sense of its potentials for violence.It can also be very satisying.Cannot say more than that.However got a few weeks off now to get better and raise my energy levels.Thanks for your kind words.

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