This is At the Buzzer’s countdown of the best 25 comedies of all-time. Our panel of 10 cast their votes, and we’re revealing the results one by one until we get to No. 1 on Tuesday, May 10.
And now, our number 20:
20) Young Frankenstein (3 votes, 132 points)
No. Be of good cheer. If science teaches us anything, it teaches us to accept our failures, as well as our successes, with quiet dignity and grace.
Chris: This is my favorite Mel Brooks movie, although I’m not a huge fan of his work in general. The main reason? Gene Wilder. Look at that man. See how he oozes charisma and charm. Marvel at his talent. Admire his physique.
Some movies in our countdown released to little fanfare in the box office, then became huge hits somewhere down the line. Not so with Young Frankenstein — it produced a huge return on its investment early and only got more popular from there. Between this and Blazing Saddles, 1974 was a breakout year for Wilder and Madeline Kahn and a tour de force for Brooks.
Young Frankenstein succeeds because it’s different from every other Frankenstein story while also poking fun at the horror movie industry as a whole. The rapid-fire, back-and-forth dialogue is where you find most of the laughs, but there’s also a surprising number of penis jokes and the best rendition of Puttin’ on the Ritz you’ll ever see — sorry, Taco.
Cary: Man, R. I. P. Madeline Kahn. I mean, full props here to the rest of the amazing cast, but she’s just the best. In this and all her movies. It has been too many years since I saw this movie, so my memories of it are pretty fuzzy outside of some of its more famous scenes. I should probably fix that. Soon.
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