Alex Theatre Presentation
Young Frankenstein
Review by Ross Anthony

Always quality, always nostalgic, always clean and polished, the Alex (Glendale, CA) began its Halloween weekend with "Frankenstein's Cat" (1942) -- a Mighty Mouse short even before Mighty Mouse was Mighty Mouse. Hysterical fun and the perfect appetizer to the presentation which is delayed by but one other "bit" -- a film short called "The Critic" (1963) by Mel Brooks himself: cute, but not much else. The feature presentation continues that same kind of verbal slapstick. Essentially a film of classic moments, the soup-serving scene surely deserves high praise and will easily elicit deep hearty laughter. Can you believe the blindman is actually Gene Hackman? And the monster, Ray Romano's TV dad, Peter Boyle. Delightfully daft, but not the laugh riot I remember it as. "Young Frankenstein" is nonetheless somehow special and worthy of its classification as a film classic.

B+ for the feature film and Brooks short.
A for Mighty Mouse

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  • Young Frankenstein. Copyright © 1974.
  • Starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Gene Hackman, Kenneth Mars.
  • Directed by Mel Brooks.
  • Screenplay by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder.
  • Produced by Michael Gruskoff at 20th Fox.

Grade (Overall Alex Event)................A-

Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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