The Front Row View: Young Frankenstein

The Front Row View is a regular column by Great Stories contributor Jim Cannizzaro.  He is a veteran community theater leading man, seasoned blogger, movie enthusiast, and family man.

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One of the funniest (and most quotable) movies ever made is Mel Brooks’ 1974 Young Frankenstein. Perfect for Halloween, or really for any time of the year, this is probably the most consistently funny film from Brooks’ “golden age” that spanned the late ’60s to the early ’80s. This one boasts a top-notch cast of clowns. You get to see the sorely missed genius of Gene Wilder. The late Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle and Marty Feldman score fond laughter in every scene that they’re in. There’s the classic “Puttin On the Ritz” number. And the black and white visual style holds it close to the original 1930’s Universal horror classics (also, much of the lab equipment used in the film is from the 1931 Frankenstein, the one that introduced Boris Karloff as the world’s greatest horror movie star). And let’s not forget the constantly cute Teri Garr—-“Put za candle beck!” Finally, none other than Gene Hackman contributes a fantastic bit as a blind hermit. Put this this one in, turn your brain off, and enjoy yourself. And “THAT’S FRONKENSTEEN!”

-Jim

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