Young Frankenstein 1974

Young Frankenstein

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Made with obvious affection for the original, Young Frankenstein is a riotously silly spoof featuring a fantastic performance by Gene Wilder.

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Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather's experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor's fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn).

Cast & Crew

Gene Wilder
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Peter Boyle
The Monster
Cloris Leachman
Frau Blücher
Kenneth Mars
Police Inspector Hans Wilhelm Friederich Kemp
Gene Hackman
The Blindman (Harold)
Richard Haydn
Gerhard Falkstein
Liam Dunn
Mr. Hilltop
Gene Wilder
Screenwriter
Mel Brooks
Screenwriter
John Morris
Original Music
Gerald Hirschfeld
Cinematographer
John C. Howard
Film Editor
Dale Hennesy
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Critic Reviews for Young Frankenstein

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (4)

  • It is good-natured, lowbrow, backlot, hit-or-miss humor, but with no cumulative effect beyond its succession of hard-worked jokes.

    October 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Wilder's hysteria seems perfectly natural. You never question what's driving him to it; his fits are lucid and total. They take him into a different dimension -- he delivers what Harpo promised.

    January 15, 2013 | Full Review…
  • More about the myth of Karloff than the monster, this Mel Brooks pastiche is probably his best early film.

    June 4, 2007 | Full Review…
  • For a really delightful parody, James Whale's own Bride of Frankenstein is far better value.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Some of the gags don't work, but fewer than in any previous Brooks film that I've seen, and when the jokes are meant to be bad, they are riotously poor. What more can one ask of Mel Brooks?

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Young Frankenstein

  • May 04, 2020
    One of the greatest comedies of all time. Mel Brooks was a filmmaker who had delivered three critically successful films back to back with Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles and The Producers. Young Frankenstein doesn't attempt too much and it rests on the performances rather the set pieces. Gene Hackman's blind man scene is very funny and it's his performance that assists the comedy. Mel Brooks would continue making notable films but they would lose critical appeal with each new outing. Young Frankenstein was at the height of his filmmaking career at this landed with a loud impact at the box office. Very funny and quotable. 03/05/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2016
    Mel Brooks delivers a loving homage to the classic Universal Monster Movies with the hilarious Young Frankenstein. Mainly drawn from the first three Frankenstein films (especially Son of Frankenstein), the story follows Dr. Frankenstein's grandson Frederick, who inherits the family estate and discovers his grandfather's private journal which contains the secret to re-animating life. Starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr, and Madeline Kahn, the film has a strong cast; Wilder in particular is outstanding, really nailing the comedy. And Brooks does a brilliant job at emulating the classic look and feel of old Hollywood films. Yet the humor can be a little broad and overly slapsticky at times. Still, Young Frankenstein is incredibly fun and delivers a lot of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2015
    The art of the spoof has been lost in recent years, or at least a fundamental understanding of what makes the greatest spoofs work at the most basic level. What makes them great can be summed up in one word: Love. It's strange to think about, but the best film spoofs are a built on an inherent love and understanding of what's being skewered. So it's no surprise in some ways that Young Frankenstein is Mel Brooks' greatest film. The amount of referential material in this film goes far beyond the knowledge of even some seasoned film geeks (there is a Frankenstein film that features a police inspector that has a wooden arm, and yes, he plays darts with Dr. Frankenstein). Even the equipment in this film's lab is taken from the Boris Karloff classic. Combine this reverence with one of Gene Wilder's greatest performances, jokes that absolutely hit their mark, and gorgeous atmosphere from black and white cinematography, and you have a comedy classic. One of the greatest of all time and highly recommended.
    Jacob E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2014
    This one was a long time coming from me. In the end, it measured up well. Brooks is one of the few directors who gets away with very cheesy humour. Wilder is fantastic as usual.
    John B Super Reviewer

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