'Young Frankenstein' Quotes: Behind The Scenes Of The Wilder-Brooks Masterpiece

By | October 22, 2019

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Marty Feldman in a still from the 1974 film Young Frankenstein. Source: (Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images)

In Young Frankenstein, the quotes come as fast as the sight gags and slapstick humor -- Gene Wilder's writing and Mel Brooks's direction made the 1974 a comedy classic. With the perfect cast of Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, and Cloris Leachman, the horror parody relied on behind-the-scenes magic and skilled delivery to deliver a nuanced and extremely re-watchable experience. As with Mel Brooks' best work, these movie lines from Young Frankenstein make its comedy broad but not zany, literate but not tedious, hilarious yet sly. Young Frankenstein came out just ten months after Brooks' western sendup Blazing Saddles, and it shows a more fine-tuned approach -- perhaps fewer bust-a-gut laughs than Blazing Saddles, but an overall atmosphere of absurdity that puts Young Frankenstein at or near the top of fan lists.

'Young Frankenstein' Is A Loving Parody Of Classic Horror Films

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The cast with the director and cowriter, Mel Brooks. Source: (britannica)

In 1972, Gene Wilder, who had the idea for a film about the grandson of Victor Frankenstein, began writing the screenplay for Young Frankenstein and eventually, Mel Brooks began helping him. The film brilliantly weaves humorous dialogue, innuendo, and physical comedy into a film that is both a parody of and an homage to the early Frankenstein films, and for those familiar with the classic horror films, the connections are quite clear. In fact, according to those involved in the creation of the film, one of the hardest things about the process was that they couldn’t stop laughing. A film that drew on the classics became a classic in its own right and was one of the top-grossing films of 1974.