YA 1970’s Time Capsule

POP CULTURE

Young-Frankenstein-1974

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American horror comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

Gene Wilder Young Frankenstein

Gene Wilder Young Frankenstein

The supporting cast includes:

Teri Garr

Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman in Young Frankenstein

Cloris Leachman in Young Frankenstein

Marty Feldman

Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein

Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein

Peter Boyle

Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein

Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein

Madeline Kahn

Kenneth Mars

Kenneth Mars in Young Frankenstein

Kenneth Mars in Young Frankenstein

Richard Haydn

Richard Haydn in Young Frankenstein

Richard Haydn in Young Frankenstein

  Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein

Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein

The screenplay was written by Wilder and Brooks.

The film is an affectionate parody of the classic horror film genre, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein produced by Universal in the 1930s. Most of the lab equipment used as props was created by Kenneth Strickfaden for the 1931 film Frankenstein. To help evoke the atmosphere of the earlier films, Brooks shot the picture entirely in black-and-white, a rarity in the 1970s, and employed 1930s-style opening credits and scene transitions such as iris outs, wipes, and fades to black. The film also features a period score by Brooks’ longtime composer John Morris.

A to Z on the Music Charts

You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone, the daughter of infamous crooner, Pat Boone reached number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 on October 5, 1977 and stayed number 1 for am amazing ten weeks.

 

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5 responses

  1. Robin Rivera says:

    Such a great film. I always forget about it until A to Z gets to Y and I’m reminded of it again. I really need to rent it for my kids to watch this year.

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  2. mike spain says:

    Interesting film

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  3. Birgit says:

    I showcased Young Frankenstein today too:) I love this film and there are so many classic lines and scenes. Mel Brooks found the original decor used in the original Frankenstein and used it here. I also mentioned that Aerosmith saw this film and created their song Walk This Way because of Marty Feldman saying this in the film. It is brilliant!

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