Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein
The young American doctor, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, endlessly tries to distance himself from the work of his legendary grandfather, Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein. When Frederick inherits his grandfather’s castle, he leaves behind everything, including his fiancée, Elizabeth, and heads to Transylvania where he’s greeted by Igor, a comedic hunchback, and Inga, his new lab assistant. The trio are then met by housekeeper, Frau Blucher, when they arrive at the castle. Awakened one night by mysterious music, Frederick, along with Inga find a passageway that leads them to Victor’s laboratory and his journals on reanimation. Reading through the notes, Frederick becomes convinced that his grandfather’s work wasn’t rubbish as he once thought and concocts a plan to bring his own creature to life. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching “Young Frankenstein”.

∙ At the beginning of the movie, Frederick dismisses the class. As they’re applauding, Herr Falkstein can be seen in the back of the room as he gets up from his chair. It cuts to a close-up of him where he grabs the box in front of him and gets up again.

∙ Frederick, Inga and Igor are walking through the secret passageway when they find a lit cigar. When Frederick mentions the culprit “just barely finished putting out his cigar”, the close-up shows the cigar is on the ashtray. It cuts to a view of Frederick, Inga and Igor and Inga suddenly is holding the cigar in her right hand.

∙ Frederick is talking to Inspector Kemp while playing darts. Inspector Kemp throws the darts and the first one lands in the “7” section on the lower left side of the board. But, a few moments later, when Inspector Kemp is removing the darts from the board, the one that was in the “7” section is missing.

∙ Frau Blucher finds the Monster strapped to the table. She rushes over and tells him she’s going to set him free. The close-up of the two of them shows Frau Blucher’s right hand is on the top of his head. But in the overhead close-up of him, her hand is not there.

∙ The Monster is on the see-saw with Helga. Helga is thrown through the window of her bedroom and she lands flat on top of the bed. But, a moment later, when her parents open the door, Helga is fast asleep under the covers.

“Young Frankenstein” (1974) was written by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, who also directed. The movie stars Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr and Kenneth Mars. It runs 106 minutes and is rated PG for frightening scenes and mild language.

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