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OUCH! A Salute to Slapstick -- The Films of the 1970s

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#21 Derek



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 06:41 AM

Something I've always found interesting about Young Frankenstein is the way it transitions from the present day to the thirties or earlier.

The lecture room scene clearly takes place in the present day, looking at the costumes, decor, and the number of women med. students.



Freddy then boards a steam train to journey to Transylvania. The Transylvanian costumes and the one car we see suggest an even earlier time.


Young Frankenstein's black and white photography actually makes this less jarring than it might have been

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Posted 28 September 2016 - 04:47 AM

From "Foul Play": Chuck McCann was a well-known bit-player in film but better-known to children around the country as a former Bozo-the-Clown and even better as the helmsman for many a children’s broadcast showcasing the classic sound film of the Hal Roach Studios. Billy Barty was an old Hollywood comedy stunt man, often seen on early television and in the films of the 50s and 60s.
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Posted 27 September 2016 - 09:21 PM

Fun Facts:

In the running gag in "Young Frankenstein", Mel Brooks claimed that the horses are terrified of Frau Blucher because "blucher" is German for "glue". But Brooks was wrong. "Blucher" is just a German surname. Still, Frau Blucher is pretty terrifying on her own.

When the bookcase spins around, the first couple of times, the film was undercranked to make the movement appear much faster.

A deleted scene reveals how Inspector Kemp lost his arm. It was ripped out of its socket by the fiendish monster that Frederick's grandfather created.

Teri Garr's mother was one of the film's Wardrobe Mistresses.

Danny Goldman (the annoying know-it-all student) later used a more exaggerated version of this character, as the voice of Brainy Smurf in the Hanna-Barbera series.

The smiling portrait of Viktor von Frankenstein made a cameo appearance on the episode of "Garry Shandling's Show" on which Gilda Radner (Gene Wilder's then-wife) guest-starred.

On the Hallowe'en episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" in which Ray's dad (Peter Boyle) mistakenly gives out flavoured prophylactics instead of Hallowe'en candy, Boyle's character is dressed up as Frankenstein's Monster, in a nod to Boyle's role in "Young Frankenstein".
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Posted 27 September 2016 - 07:41 PM

Use this thread to discuss the slapstick films of the 1970s, being shown on TCM on Tuesday, September 27:


8:00pm Bananas (1971)


9:30pm Young Frankenstein (1974)


11:30pm Foul Play (1978)


1:30am The Three Musketeers (1973)


3:30am The Gumball Rally (1976)


5:30am The Frisco Kid (1979)



Richard Edwards, PhD

Ball State University

Instructor: TCM Presents: The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock (2017)

Instructor: TCM Presents: Painfully Funny: Exploring Slapstick in the Movies (2016)

Instructor: TCM Presents: Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir (2015)



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