Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary Screening – September 9 at 7:30 p.m.


presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

With special guests Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr and producer Michael Gruskoff – Hosted by Leonard Maltin

Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater – 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211


$5 general admission - $3 Academy members and students with a valid ID.

A standby line will form at 6:30 pm on the evening of the event. Tickets typically become available shortly before the start of the event and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is no guarantee of tickets being made available to those in the standby line.

The movie parody has been a staple of Hollywood  comedies in the last few decades, but few have combined razor-sharp wit with  genuine affection as effectively as Mel Brooks’s 1974 homage to the Golden Age  of monster movies. Following directly on the heels of his blockbuster Western  spoof Blazing Saddles, Brooks teamed  with its star, Gene Wilder, on a screenplay that would earn them an Oscar  nomination. Wilder stars as the arrogant Frankenstein heir who travels to the  ancestral castle, only to find himself reviving his grandfather’s work – and a  brand-new creature.

The irreplaceable comic cast includes Peter Boyle as the zipper-necked monster, Madeline Kahn as the uptight fiancée (“No  tongues!”), Marty Feldman as the wisecracking “Eye-gore,” Cloris Leachman as the intimidating Frau Blücher, Teri Garr as the lascivious Inga, Kenneth Mars  as one-armed Inspector Kemp, and none other than Gene Hackman as the blind hermit. Gerald Hirschfeld’s black-and-white cinematography,  Dale Hennesy’s production design (which included Kenneth Strickfaden’s electrical equipment from the original ’30s Frankenstein films) and John Morris’s emotional score help make Young Frankenstein one of the most technically accomplished spoofs ever filmed. Mel Brooks himself will join us to celebrate this classic’s 40th  anniversary.

1974, 107 minutes,  black and white, DCP | Directed by Mel Brooks; written by Gene Wilder and Mel  Brooks, based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; with Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman,  Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars.

40th Anniversary Blu-ray release of Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein – September 9th.


Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed its upcoming 40th Anniversary Blu-ray release of Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein (1974). The release will be available for purchase on September 9th.

 Special Features:

  • Commentary by Mel Brooks
  • Interviews with Marty Feldman, Gene Wilder and Cloris Leachman
  • “Inside the Lab: Secret Formulas to the Making of Young Frankenstein” featurette
  • Blucher Button
  • “It’s Alive: Creating a Monster Classic” featurette
  • “Making FrankenSense of Young Frankenstein” featurette
  • “Transylvanian Lullaby: The Music of John Norris” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
  • Production Photo Galleries and More

The Entertainers: Mel and Max Brooks

Mel and Max Brooks have the last word on a city where neighborhood is everything.

By Taffy Brodesser-Akner  for Town and Country - August 11, 2014


MEL: I never wanted to leave New York, but the work—you always go where the work is.

MAX: He came out here to direct Blazing Saddles, and they put him up at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

MEL: I remember going to this party at Sue Mengers’s. She was my wife’s early agent. Sue had Roman Polanski—she had 100 crazy people. She was a big deal at ICM. And the first course was a bowl of beluga caviar. A bowl of it! So I figured this is the place to be. I think Van Cliburn was playing the piano—I’m kidding, but she had the best of everything. I forgot my Labor Party beginnings in Brooklyn.

MAX: My father liked living in the hotel, but my mother’s best friend, Lydia Fields, Aunt Lydia—

MEL: Bert Fields, the famous lawyer—his wife. She said, “Take that money, put it down, and pay off a house!” She took us straight up to this place on Rising Glen Road, and it was beautiful. It was simple. The only thing I really missed were the sounds of Brooklyn: the quick rhythms, because I noticed they are much slower here, their talking, their rhythm. I still miss the pizza. And the bagels from Vilna.

MAX: But you always said you liked houses better than apartments, because when you grew, up a house meant success.

MEL: Right. I came from Williamsburg—the south side, not rich. My mother raised four boys on her own, and we moved from one apartment to another. We had an option to buy the Rising Glen house, but we didn’t. We moved to another place, on Foothill Road [in Beverly Hills]. It was a ’50s classic ranch house. High ceilings. My favorite memory of L.A. was moving into the Foothill house, with that U-shaped pool. I said, “If there’s such a thing as heaven, this is it.” Continue reading

Congratulations to TNT on their 2014 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Variety Special – AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Mel Brooks