Young Frankenstein

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"Life! Life! Do you hear me? Give my creation... liiiiife!"

Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder's loving parody of the classic Universal Horror films of the 1930s. Appearing in 1974, gorgeously shot in black and white (No offense!), using laboratory props from the original Frankenstein and starring a cast of brilliant comedic actors all at the very height of their talents, it is generally regarded as one of the funniest and most quotable movies ever made. It was adapted into a stage musical in 2007.

It is reported that the cast and crew had so much fun making the movie that they added in extra scenes just to keep it going.

In 2003, this movie was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance. Two other works by Mel Brooks share this honor, The Producers and Blazing Saddles.

And, since it keeps coming up, "Blücher" (*Whinny*) is not the German word for "glue"; it's just a common misconception.

The Market-Based Title for the film in Italy, Frankenstein Junior, is Not to Be Confused With the actual Frankenstein, Jr..


This film plays with the following tropes:
  • Affectionate Parody: As noted, 1930s horror movies. Heavy emphasis on "affectionate," too.
  • Alliterative Name
  • And Call Him George: The Monster, a little girl and a seesaw.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: It's only in their first scene together that Elizabeth says "Not on the lips," to Freddy, and the reason is that she doesn't want her makeup smudged.
    • Subverted in that she doesn't seem to want to be touched anywhere, lest she mess up her hair, her nails, her dress, etc. In the end she and Frederick say goodbye by shaking elbows. She even flinches when he blows her a kiss.
  • Artificial Limbs: Inspector Kemp's wooden arm.
  • Aside Glance: By Igor several times, and a couple of times by the Monster.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning Frederick's relation to "a famous cuckoo".
  • Big Electric Switch

But I'm not going to be the first.

"All right-- seven has always been my lucky number!"

Put ze candle beck!

Igor: Dr. Frankenstein…
Frankenstein: Fronkensteen.
Igor: You’re putting me on.
Frankenstein: No, it’s pronounced Fronkensteen.
Igor: Do you also say Froderick?
Frankenstein: No… Frederick.
Igor: Well, why isn’t it Froderick Fronkensteen?
Frankenstein: It isn’t. It’s Frederick Fronkensteen.
Igor: I see.
Frankenstein: You must be Igor.
Igor: No, it’s pronounced EYE-gor.
Frankenstein: But they told me it was EE-gor.
Igor: Well, they were wrong then, weren’t they?

"Come back! I was going to make espresso!"

Kemp: Und now, let us all go back to my place for a little spongecake, und a little vine, und - (his wooden arm pops off) - Ah, shit!

Frankenstein: What a filthy job!
Igor: Could be worse.
Frankenstein: How?
Igor: Could be raining.
(Thunderclap. Torrents of rain.)

  1. We are logically assuming those words were, "Hello, I'm Mel Brooks."