#MONSTERWEEK :: 40th Anniversary Young Frankenstein


Released in December of 1974, Young Frankenstein celebrates it's 40th anniversary this year. This horror spoof comedy is a classic Mel Brooks film, written by Gene Wilder and Brooks, adored by many. The film stars  Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (it's pronounced "Fronkinsteen"), the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein, who has been desperate to rid of his mad scientist reputation. He gets word that his grandfather has died and he has inherited his spooky castle, where he returns to and eventually continues his late grandfather's controversial work.

(Side note: If you have never seen this movie, you need to stop reading this right this second and go watch it. Also, I am so sorry that you did not have a fun childhood. Who were you around that did not show you this brilliant film? You have not lived!)

This film is a comedic work of art. The entire cast is fantastic- Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr. They portray Brook and Wilder's hilarious lines in such a way that makes it unbelievable that anyone else could play their characters. We decided that in honor of the 40th anniversary, we would take a look at some of our favorite moments in the classic film Young Frankenstein:

Did You Know?

  • The only reason why Peter Boyle and Marty Feldman were cast in the film from the get go was because they shared an agent with Gene Wilder, who wanted them all cast in a film together.
  • Brooks and Wilder had to spend hours editing the original cut, which was twice as long as the original.
  • When Brooks told Columbia Pictures that he wanted the film shot entirely in black and white in homage to the old Universal Horrors classics, they immediately opposed. Considering that aspect of the film non negotiable, he then took the film to 21st Century Fox the very next day.
  • The "walk this way" gag almost didn't make it into the final cut of the film! Brooks initially thought the joke to be too corny, until test audiences loved it. He then used the same gag in his later films History of the World: Part 1 and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.