|The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1975 PG, 91 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Mystery
Director: Gene Wilder
Cast: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Leo McKern, Roy Kinnear, John Le Mesurier, Douglas Wilmer, Thorley Walters, George Silver, Nicholas Smith, John Hollis, Aubrey Morris, Tommy Godfrey, Susan Field
Sherlock Holmes' (Douglas Wilmer) older brother, Sigerson (Gene Wilder), is not pleased with living in his brother's shadow. When Sherlock and his assistant, Dr. Watson (Thorley Walters), leave on an assignment, Sherlock sends a case involving missing government documents to Sigerson. Teaming up with Scotland Yard detective Orville Slacker (Marty Feldman), who claims to have photographic hearing, and seductive Jenny Hill (Madeline Kahn), Sigerson sets out to solve the case. It turns out that Sherlock and Dr. Watson really are on the case and work to save Sigerson from destruction.
|The Last Remake of Beau Geste 1977 N/R, 84 min.|
Director: Marty Feldman
Cast: Ann - Margret, Marty Feldman, Michael York, Peter Ustinov, James Earl Jones, Trevor Howard, Henry Gibson, Terry-Thomas, Roy Kinnear, Spike Milligan
Marty Feldman wrote, directed, and stars in this very funny spoof on French Foreign Legion films.
|Silent Movie 1976 PG, 86 min.|
Director: Mel Brooks
Cast: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Bernadette Peters, Sid Caesar, Paul Newman, Liza Minnelli, Anne Bancroft, Marcel Marceau, Harold Gould, Ron Carey, Carol Arthur, Liam Dunn, Fritz Feld, Chuck McCann
Mel Brooks portrays movie director Mel Funn who cons a studio executive (Sid Caesar) into letting him and his assistants Dom Bell and Marty Eggs (Dom DeLouise and Marty Feldman) make a silent film to save the studio from a takeover. The deal is made IF Brooks can provide top stars for the production. The stars include Paul Newman, Liza Minnelli, Marcel Marceau, and Anne Bancroft who play themselves. The film is a series of hilarious sight gags; only one word is spoken during the entire film–by Marcel Marceau!
|Slapstick (Of Another Kind) 1982 PG, 87 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Director: Steven Paul
Cast: Jerry Lewis, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, John Abbott, Jim Backus, Merv Griffin, Pat Morita, Orson Welles, Samuel Fuller, Steven Paul, Virginia Graham, Ben Frank, Cheire Harris, Robert Hackman, Ken Johnson
Wealthy and famous parents, Caleb and Lutetia Swain (Jerry Lewis and Madeline Kahn) Swain, have very ugly twins, Wilbur and Eliza (also played by Lewis and Kahn) who are actually aliens from another planet–and smarter than any kids on Earth when they work together, which they must do when the world is threatened.
|Yellowbeard 1983 PG, 101 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Action / Adventure
Director: Mel Damski
Cast: Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Martin Hewitt, Marty Feldman, Eric Idle, Madeline Kahn, James Mason, John Cleese, Peter Cook, Michael Hordern, Kenneth Mars, Spike Milligan, Stacey Nelkin
Seventeenth-century pirate Yellowbeard (Graham Chapman) sets out–after release from prison–with his son Dan (Martin Hewitt) and wife Betty (Madeline Kahn) to recover a fortune he buried years ago. Gobble, gobble, gobble.
|Young Frankenstein 1974 PG, 105 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Sci-Fi
Director: Mel Brooks
Cast: Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Gene Hackman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn, Liam Dunn, Danny Goldman, Oscar Beregi Jr., Arthur Malet, Anne Beesley, Monte Landis
This is a great satirical look at Frankenstein as seen through the eyes of comedy when the Monster (Peter Boyle) comes across as a sympathetic creature who elicits many laughs. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) is the grandson of the infamous Frankenstein and has inherited his Transylvanian estate. He moves in and meets hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman), assistant Inga (Teri Garr), and housekeeper Frau Blucher (Cloris Leachman). Frankenstein creates his Monster, but Igor has stolen the wrong brain, and problems–and humor–are a certainty. 1 User Review
|The Most Successful Mel Brooks Movie||1fatts 11/08/2007 |
| I think the credit goes to Gene Wilder -- not as an actor, although he is very good in this, but as the co-writer. Wilder shares writing credit with Brooks on this film, and that may be where the disciplined structure comes from in the film.|
The film is, of course, zany and contains the requisite number of Brooks silliness, bad puns and misfires, but, as a film, we have a tight, controlled structure. And we end up, because of it, with a true spoof and tribute to the original James Whale movies.
Wilder does a fine job. Madeline Kahn was a wonder. Kenneth Mars does another one of his truly gifted dialect roles. Gene Hackman's cameo as the blind hermit is, hands down, the funniest thing he ever did. Still, my own personal favourite here is Cloris Leachman doing a take-off of Judith Anderson's housekeeper in "Rebecca"/
I can't say it's the funniest Mel Brooks stuff on film -- that must forever go to two or three of the best scenes in The Producers (That's the original; we won't talk about the musical), but Young Frankenstein, taken as a a whole, is the best "film" Brooks ever did.
|1. The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)|
2. In God We Tru$t (1980)
3. The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)
4. Silent Movie (1976)
5. Slapstick (Of Another Kind) (1982)
6. Yellowbeard (1983)
7. Young Frankenstein (1974)
In The News