Young Frankenstein (1974)

USA, 1974
106m
35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American comedy horror film directed by Mel Brooks.

Plot Summary

A descendant of the notorious Baron Frankenstein returns to the ancestral castle where he finds the monster waiting to be revived.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Mel Brooks
© Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Gruskoff/Venture Films, Crossbow Productions, Jouer
Producer: Michael Gruskoff
Screen Story/Screenplay by: Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks
Based on characters in the novel by: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Director of Photography: Gerald Hirschfeld
Film Editor: John C. Howard
Music Composed/Conducted by: John Morris
Production Mixer: Gene Cantamessa
Costumes by: Dorothy Jeakins
Make-up Created by: William Tuttle
Make-up Artist: Ed Butterworth
Hairdresser: Mary Keats
Special Effects: Henry Millar Jr, Hal Millar
Production Designer: Dale Hennesy
Casting: Mike Fenton, Jane Feinberg

Cast
Gene Wilder (Dr Frederick Frankenstein)
Peter Boyle (the monster)
Marty Feldman (Igor)
Cloris Leachman (Frau Blücher)
Teri Garr (Inga)
Kenneth Mars (Inspector Kemp)
Richard Haydn (Herr Falkstein)
Liam Dunn (Mr Hilltop)
Danny Goldman (medical student)
Oscar Beregi (sadistic jailer)
Arthur Malet (village elder)
Anne Beesley (little girl)
Monte Landis (gravedigger)
Rusty Blitz (gravedigger)
John Madison (villager)
John Dennis (orderly in Frankenstein’s class)
Rick Norman (villager)
Rolfe Sedan (train conductor)
Terrence Pushman (villager)
Randolph Dobbs (villager)

Alternative Titles

Frankenstein Jr. – Venezuelan title
Frankenstein junior – Danish, Flemish Belgian, French, French Canadian, Greek, Romanian, Swedish Finnish title
Frankenstein Junior – Finnish, German, Italian, West German title
Frankenstein Júnior – Portuguese title
Az Ifjú Frankenstein – Hungarian title
O Jovem Frankenstein – Brazilian title
El joven Frankenstein – Argentine, Mexican, Peruvian, Uruguayan title
El jovencito Frankenstein – Spanish title
Mladi Frankenstajn – Serbian title
Mladi Frankenstein – Croatian, Slovenian title
Mlody Frankenstein – Polish title
Det våras för Frankenstein – Swedish title

Remake
Sevimli Frankenstayn (1975)

Extracts included in
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014)
100 Years of Comedy (1997)
100 Years of Horror: 100 Years of Horror: Gory Gimmicks (1996)
100 Years of Horror: Baron Frankenstein (1996)
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006)
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007)
AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Laughs: America’s Funniest Movies (2000)
AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Songs: America’s Greatest Music in the Movies (2004)
A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
The Dick Cavett Show with Mel Brooks (2006)
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook (1991)
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982)
Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein (1996)
Monster Mania (1997)
The Oscars (2017)
Precious Images (1986)
Role Model: Gene Wilder (2008)
The Sandlot 3 (2007)

See also
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Bad Taste (1987)
Black Friday (1940)
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Frankenstein (1931)
Galaxina (1980)
Haunted Honeymoon (1986)
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Tales from the Far Side (1994)
Transylmania (2009)
The Walking Dead (1936)

References

Periodicals
Adaptation vol.1 no.1 (2008) pp.24-43 – article (Gothic-Film-Parody by Kamilla Elliott)
American Cinematographer vol.55 no.7 (July 1974) pp.802-805, 840-842, 844 – illustrated article
Cinefantastique vol.4 no.1 (Spring 1975) p.29 – review
Cinema TV Today no.10129 (12 April 1975) p.17 – credits, review
Creative Screenwriting vol.15 no.1 (January/February 2008) p.73 – illustrated article (Lost scenes: Young Frankenstein by Jeff Goldsmith)
DGA Quarterly vol.4 no.4 (Winter 2009) pp.54-57 – illustrated interview with David O. Russell (In the Screening Room: Sexy Beast by Rob Feld)
Empire no.138 (December 2000) p.141 – DVD review (Remote control: DVD by Adam Smith)
Empire no.176 (February 2004) p.26 – illustrated interview with Gene Hackman (Front row: Hackman on Hoffman Hoffman on Hackman by Gillian Flynn)
Filmfax no.61 (June/July 1997) pp.63, 64 – credits, review (The Young Frankenstein by Will Sumner)
Films and Filming vol.21 no.7 (April 1975) pp.35-36 – review
Films Illustrated vol.4 no.44 (April 1975) p.290 – illustrated review
The Hollywood Reporter vol.230 no.14 (22 February 1974) p.18 – credits
The Hollywood Reporter vol.234 no.17 (13 December 1974) pp.3, 21 – credits, review
Jump Cut no.6 (March/April 1975) p.12 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.42 no.495 (April 1975) p.90 – credits, synopsis, review
Photon no.26 (1975) pp.9-10 – credits, review (by B.W. [Bill Warren])
Scenario vol.4 no.1 (Spring 1998) pp.50-94; 95-98,184-188; 99-101,188-192 – script (Young Frankenstein by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks); illustrated interview with Gene Wilder (Writing and acting in Young Frankenstein by Annie Nocenti); illustrated interview with Mel Brooks (Writing and directing Young Frankenstein by Annie Nocenti)
SFX no.292 (November 2017) p. – note (Also out)
Sight & Sound vol.44 no.2 (Spring 1975) pp.125-126 – review
Sight & Sound vol.10 no.12 (December 2000) p.63 – video review (Video reviews: retail by Geoffrey Macnab)
Sight & Sound vol.11 no.1 (January 2001) p.66 – DVD review (Home movies by Danny Leigh and Geoffrey Macnab)
Starburst no.270 (February 2001) p.86 – DVD review (Reviews: DVDfile by Ian Atkins)
Variety 18 December 1974 p.13 – credits, review

Books
The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.300
Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.322
Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer p.25 (note)
Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.300
Film Review 1976-1977 by F. Maurice Speed p.188
The Frankenstein Archive by Donald F. Glut pp.60-80
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.441
John Carradine: The Films by Tom Weaver p.367
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.555 – credits
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.210-211
Science Fiction Films of the Seventies by Craig W. Anderson pp.89-92