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Young Frankenstein (1974)

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. (PG, 106 min.)

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Friday, October 21, 2022

8:00 PM

Part homage and part parody of Universal Pictures 1930s monster movies, Mel Brooks’ "Young Frankenstein," rated PG, brings together comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle and Cloris Leachman for an outrageously funny riff on Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein" that Brooks considered his finest film. Experience the horror comedy classic on the big screen during this special free presentation. This "Oh, the Horror!" event is sponsored by Friends of the Library. Seating is first come, first serve.Synopsis: Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather's experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor's fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn). [RT]

Starring: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman
Director: Mel Brooks
Genre: Comedy

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"A perfect example of early Brooks firing on all spoofily comedic cylinders."

— Adam Smith, Empire

"Mel Brooks is home with Young Frankenstein, his most disciplined and visually inventive film (it also happens to be very funny)."

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Wilder's hysteria seems perfectly natural. You never question what's driving him to it; his fits are lucid and total. They take him into a different dimension -- he delivers what Harpo promised."

— Pauline Kael, New Yorker