November 21st, 2014: Young Frankenstein (1974)

Cast and Crew: Ken Strickfaden (Electrical Effects); Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars, Gene Hackman

What It’s About:  Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson (Gene Wilder) inherits his grandfather’s castle and repeats his experiment, creating another monster (Peter Boyle).  Can Frankenstein the Younger save his monster and avoid his grandfather’s fate?

Why Watch it Today?:  James Whale’s Frankenstein, which created the standard version of the Frankenstein story that Mel Brooks thoroughly and lovingly parodies in today’s film, was released 80 years ago today.

Other Choices: Sequels Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein; Dracula vs. Frankenstein (which uses the same electrical equipment for effects); earlier spoof Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein.

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