The Big Screen Comedies of Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks is often regarded as one of Hollywood's funniest men, thanks to such highly successful films as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. His films do have a tendency to turn out much like the jokes that comprise them--hit-or-miss, one minute shoot-the-moon brilliant and the next minute well short of laughs. This work provides a thorough synopsis and thematic analysis for each of his twelve films along with complete cast and production credits: The Producers (1968), The Twelve Chairs (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World--Part 1 (1981), To Be or Not to Be (1983), Spaceballs (1987), Life Stinks (1991), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995).
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The Producers 1968
HOPE FOR THE BEST EXPECT THE WORST
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN SUCH CRUELTY?
THE CANDLE BACK
Silent Movie 1976
WHAT A DRAMATIC AIRPORT
To Be or Not to Be 1983
actor Assistant Audiorecording Bart Bialystock Blazing Saddles Bolt Brooks ﬁlms camera cast character Cloris Leachman co-writer of previous comedy comic Dead and Loving DeLuise Dick director Dom DeLuise Dracula E›ects e›orts Elwes fans feel ﬁlm ﬁlm’s ﬁnal ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁne ﬁrst ﬁt ﬂees Freddy Funn funnier funny gags Gene Wilder Harvey Korman High Anxiety History Hitchcock Howard Morris Interview participant jokes laughs Lone Starr look Madeline Kahn Mel Brooks Monster Morris’s Motion picture movie’s Nazis never o‡ce O‡cer performer Peter play pretty previous material Producers Reiner Renﬁeld Richard Robin Hood role Ron Carey Rudy DeLuca satire scene script Sheri shot Show of Shows Sid Caesar Silent Movie sitcom Smart Spaceballs spoof Springtime for Hitler Steve Stinks subsequent video release Television Thorndyke Thorndyke’s Tights tion TV’s Twelve Chairs vampire Vorobyaninov What’s who’s World—Part Young Frankenstein