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Young Frankenstein

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

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Young Frankenstein

Perhaps the most beloved film from Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, Young Frankenstein lovingly skewers and pays homage to 1930s Universal’s horror film franchise. Wilder is the Baron’s great grandson, Cloris Leachman is notorious Frau Blucher, Madeline Kahn is Wilder’s uptight fiancée Elizabeth, Terri Garr is sweet Inga, Marty Feldman is hunchback Igor and Peter Boyle is unforgettable as the monster. Some of the most memorably hilarious scenes include Boyle’s encounter with a blind hermit (Gene Hackman) in the woods and Boyle’s literal roll in the hay with Kahn (which leaves her more than satisfied.) Wilder had come up with the idea for the film and convinced Brooks to collaborate. Brooks recalls: “Little by little, every night, Gene and I met at his bungalow at the Bel Air Hotel… we proceeded on a dark narrow twisting path to the eventual screenplay in which good sense and caution are thrown out the window and madness ensues.”  The movie was a smash hit, following on the heels of Brooks’ Blazing Saddles.

“Wilder’s hysteria seems perfectly natural… he delivers what Harpo promised.” – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

Young Frankenstein is as funny as we expect a Mel Brooks comedy to be, but it’s more than that: It shows artistic growth and a more sure-handed control of the material by a director who once seemed willing to do literally anything for a laugh. It’s more confident and less breathless.” – Roger Ebert

Alan Spencer discusses Young Frankenstein for Trailers from Hell.

Ariel Schudson discusses Young Frankenstein on the New Beverly blog.

See a collection of Young Frankenstein lobby cards on the New Beverly forum.

Director
Mel Brooks
Starring
Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr
Year
1974
Rated
PG
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
106 minutes

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

Carl Reiner’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is a high concept, expertly edited mix of vintage film noir footage seemlessly combined with Steve Martin as a rough & ready private dick. Hot on a new case, Martin gets help from his friends Alan Ladd, Barbara Stanwyck, Veronica Lake, Burt Lancaster, Humphrey Bogart & many others, interweaving material from more than 15 classic hard-boiled classics to spin a hysterical new tale!

“[Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is] such an engaging joke that anyone who loves old movies will find it irresistible. And anyone who loves Steve Martin will be fascinated by his sly performance, which is pitched exactly between the low comedy of The Jerk and the highbrow Brechtianisms of Pennies from Heaven.” – David Ansen, Newsweek

Director
Carl Reiner
Starring
Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Carl Reiner and archive footage of Alan Ladd, Barbara Stanwyck, Veronica Lake, Burt Lancaster
Year
1982
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
88 minutes

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