Young Frankenstein emerges as a reverently satirical salute to the 1930s horror film genre.
The screenplay features Gene Wilder as the grandson of Baron Victor Frankenstein, creator of the monster. Wilder, an American medical college teacher, is lured back to Transylvania by old family retainer Richard Haydn. Wilder’s assistant, the namesake descendant of Igor, is played by Marty Feldman.
Teri Garr is a curvaceous lab assistant, while Cloris Leachman is a mysterious housekeeper composite of Una O’Connor and Mrs Danvers. Wilder’s fussy fiancee Madeline Kahn turns up importantly in the final reels. Peter Boyle is the monster, an artistically excellent blend of malice, pity and comedy.
1974: Nominations: Best Adapted Screenplay, Sound