Nutshelled in a four-star review by the late great Roger Ebert as “not only a Mel Brooks movie but also a loving commentary on our love-hate affairs with monsters,” 1974’s Young Frankenstein earned both critical acclaim and cult classic status while achieving something even rarer: a comedic remix drawn from both Mary Shelley’s early 19th-century novel Frankenstein and director James Whale’s 1931 cinematic adaptation of the same name (not to mention the 1935 sequel Bride of Frankenstein). Shot entirely in black-and-white (a stylistic gamble Columbia Studios tried desperately to prevent) in homage to Depression-era horror classics, the film stars Gene Wilder (who doubled as co-writer) as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein — a character The New York Times once described as “a marvelous addled mixture of young Tom Edison, Winnie-the-Pooh, and your average Playboy reader with a keen appreciation of beautiful bosoms.”
20th Century Fox
Upon the passing of his mad scientist great-grandfather, Frederick inherits the family homestead in Transylvania — complete with hunchbacked servant Igor (Marty Feldman), sexy lab assistant Inga (Teri Garr) and bizarre housekeeper Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). Although previously intent on distancing himself from his great-grandfather’s practice of reanimating corpses, Frederick has a change of heart after discovering a handy instructional book (titled How I Did It) and gets to work on his own monster (Peter Boyle). Having inspired everything from Aerosmith’s hit “Walk This Way” to a big-budget Broadway musical, the comic masterpiece gets revived as part of Texas Public Radio’s Cinema Tuesdays series. $10-$15, 7:30pm Tue, Aug. 1, Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 614-8977, tpr.org.
Support Local Journalism. Join the San Antonio Current Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.