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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
July 24, 2013  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 2:00 a.m. ET

 

One of Mel Brooks’ unqualified masterpieces. This 1974 satire of Universal Studios’ monster movies is brilliant not only because of its hilarious script and riotously funny performances, but because, visually and even tonally, it is so impressively faithful to the original Frankenstein films. Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr all are a riot – and Peter Boyle as the Creature, singing and dancing a duet with Wilder’s mad doctor, is at the center of one of the funniest scenes in all of movie comedy history. Ooper dooper!

 
 
 
 
 
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