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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Mel Brooks Classic 'Young Frankenstein'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood December 14, 2012 at 10:51AM

Marty Feldman Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing Mel Brooks' laugh riot "Young Frankenstein" (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen," of course!). Feldman plays bug-eyed Transylvanian servant Igor.
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Marty Feldman and Gene Wilder in "Young Frankenstein"
Marty Feldman and Gene Wilder in "Young Frankenstein"

Marty Feldman Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing Mel Brooks' laugh riot "Young Frankenstein" (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen," of course!). Feldman plays bug-eyed Transylvanian servant Igor.

Mel Brooks' affectionate comic homage to the Universal Frankenstein movies piles on every cliche and cartoony plot twist from the first five series entries, with appropriate attention paid to the original art direction and camera setups. When Columbia balked at the budget and black and white photography, Brooks took it to 20th Century-Fox. A boxoffice smash, later adapted into a Broadway musical.  For a later generation of kids, this is the only Frankenstein they've been exposed to.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.