Everything posted by robinlee
You have the super serious doctor- he is right about everything. He uses people, like Mr Hilltop in the clip- to show how smart he is. The old mad scientists in the old horror movies were also too smart for everyone else- until its too late. I love this clip, especially as he explains why his grandfather's work was **** and stabs himself in the leg. There is also the expressions on the face of Mr Hilltop as he is used as a test subject. In black and white you keep the subtlety of the gags without it being in your face.
They really cram a lot of stuff into that scene. They play with tv cops, James Bond, and even the gag where he walks around the set wall instead of through the door. Nothing is subtle in this movie. In Young Frankenstein, there are more subtle references and gags that you may even catch the first time around. He is similar to Clouseau, but I think so much more serious that he has no idea strange things are happening.
The cartoonish part is the bad guys in a car disguised as a bush and then the giant crossbow. The homage to earlier slapstick comedies includes the exaggerated reactions from the crowd,the set up with the crossbow, we know whats going to happen, but watch it anyway and laugh. Of course, we know the good guy in white and the bad guys in black.