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Young Frankenstein

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.71 /10
Gene Wilder , Peter Boyle , Madeline Kahn
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Directed by: Mel Brooks
Written by: Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks

Released: 1974
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 80

Frankenstein's grandson (Gene Wilder) carries on where grandad left off.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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After a blood-curdlingly corny first quarter of an hour, much too dependent on unfunny mugging by Marty Feldman, this turns into Mel Brooks's most accomplished parody, with uncharacteristically stylish direction from Brooks, excellent monochrome cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld and witty art direction by Dale Hennesy. The jokes are hit-and-miss, but the sketches involving the little girl, hermit and the performance of Putting on the Ritz work beautifully. The targets are Frankenstein (1931) and its first sequel, The Bride of Frankenstein (which was itself a parody of the genre). Brooks rented the original laboratory set for greater authenticity. The most favourably reviewed of all Brooks’s films.

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