Young Frankenstein

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Young Frankenstein is a 1974 film about Dr. Frankenstein's grandson who, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments.

Directed by Mel Brooks. Written by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks.
The scariest comedy of all time!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein[edit]

  • [dreaming] I am not a Frankenstein. I'm a Fronkensteen. Don't give me that. I don't believe in fate. And I won't say it. [pauses] All right, you win. You win. I give. I'll say it. I'll say it. I'll say it. DESTINY! DESTINY! NO ESCAPING THAT FOR ME! DESTINY! DESTINY! NO ESCAPING THAT FOR ME!
  • Put... the candle... back!
  • From that fateful day when stinking bits of slime first crawled from the sea and shouted to the cold stars, "I am man!," our greatest dread has always been the knowledge of our mortality. But tonight, we shall hurl the gauntlet of science into the frightful face of death itself. Tonight, we shall ascend into the heavens. We shall mock the earthquake. We shall command the thunders, and penetrate into the very womb of impervious nature herself.


  • Hallo. Vould you like to have a roll in ze hay? [Dr. Frankenstein stutters] It's fun. [She begins to roll in the hay] Roll, roll, roll in ze hay.

Inspector Kemp[edit]

  • A riot is an ungly thingk... undt, I tink, that it is chust about time ve had vun.


  • [after sex with The Monster] Oh. Where you going?... Oh, you men are all alike. Seven or eight quick ones and then you're out with the boys to boast and brag. YOU BETTER KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. Oh... I think I love him.

Frankenstein's Monster[edit]

  • UU-EE ONA UIIIITTTZZZZ!! (Putting On The Ritz)
  • For as long as I can remember, people have hated me. They looked at my face and my body and they ran away in horror. In my loneliness I decided that if I could not inspire love, which was my deepest hope, I would instead cause fear! [looks down at the unconscious Dr. Frankenstein] I live because this poor, half-crazed genius has given me life. He alone held an image of me as something beautiful. And then, when it would have been easy enough to stay out of danger, he used his own body as a guinea pig to give me a calmer brain and a somewhat more sophisticated way of expressing myself.


Student: Dr. Frank... [Dr. Frankenstein gives him a stern look] Fronkensteen.
Dr. Frankenstein: Yes?
Student: Isn't it true that Darwin preserved a piece of vermicelli in a glass case until, by some extraordinary means, it actually began to move with a voluntary motion?
Dr. Frankenstein: Are you speaking of the worm or the spaghetti?
Student: Why the worm, sir.
Dr. Frankenstein: Yes, it does seem I read something about that incident when I was a student. But, you got to remember that a worm, with very few exceptions, is not a human being.
Student: But wasn't that the basis of your grandfather's work? The reanimation of dead tissue?
Dr. Frankenstein: [Getting annoyed] My grandfather was a very sick man.
Student: But as a [air quotes] Fronkensteen, aren't you the least curious about it? Doesn't bringing back to life what was once dead hold any intrigue for you?
Dr. Frankenstein: [Getting more annoyed] You are talking about the nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind. Dead is dead!
Student: But look at what has been done with hearts and kidneys!
Dr. Frankenstein: [Raising voice] Hearts and kidneys are tinker toys! I'm talking about the central nervous system!
Student: But sir...
Dr. Frankenstein: [Shouting] I am a scientist, not a philosopher! You have more chance of reanimating this scalpel than you have of mending a broken nervous system!
Medical Student: But what about your grandfather's work, sir?
Dr. Frankenstein: My grandfather's work was doodoo! I am not interested in death! The only thing that concerns me is the preservation of life! [jams the scalpel into his leg, lets go of the scalpel and it sticks upright out of his leg, grasps it again, then slowly crosses his legs to block the scalpel from view] Class... is... dismissed.

Igor: Dr. Frankenstein?
Dr. Frankenstein: "Fronkensteen."
Igor: You're putting me on.
Dr. Frankenstein: No, it's pronounced "Fronkensteen."
Igor: Do you also say "Froaderick"?
Dr. Frankenstein: No... "Frederick."
Igor: Well, why isn't it "Froaderick Fronkensteen"?
Dr. Frankenstein: It isn't; it's "Frederick Fronkensteen."
Igor: I see.
Dr. Frankenstein: You must be Igor.
Igor: No, it's pronounced "eye-gor."
Dr. Frankenstein: But they told me it was "ee-gor."
Igor: Well, they were wrong then, weren't they?

Inga: Werewolf!
Dr. Frankenstein: Werewolf?
Igor: There.
Dr. Frankenstein: What?
Igor: There, wolf. There, castle.
Dr. Frankenstein: Why are you talking that way?
Igor: I thought you wanted to.
Dr. Frankenstein: No, I don't want to.
Igor: [shrugs] Suit yourself. I'm easy.

Dr. Frankenstein: You know, I don't mean to embarrass you, but I'm a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that hump.
Igor: What hump?

[Frankenstein, Igor and Inga in front of HUGE castle doors]
Dr. Frankenstein: What knockers.
Inga: Oh, thank you doctor.

Frau Blücher: Would the doctor care for a... brandy before retiring?
Dr. Frankenstein: No. Thank you.
Frau Blücher: Some varm milk... perhaps?
Dr. Frankenstein: No... thank you very much. No thanks.
Frau Blücher: Ovaltine?
Dr. Frankenstein: NOTHING! Thank you! I'm a little - tired!
Frau Blücher: Then I vill say... goodnight, Herr Doctor.
Dr. Frankenstein: Goodnight, Frau Blücher.
[horses whinny]

[While examining a shelf of dead, disembodied heads, they come across Igor]
Igor: [singing] I! I ain't got nobody, and nobody cares for me. [scatting]
Dr. Frankenstein: Igor!
Igor: Frodrick!
Dr. Frankenstein: How did you get here?
Igor: Through the dumbwaiter. I heard the strangest music from the upstairs kitchen and I just... followed it down. Call it... a hunch. Ba-dum SHI!

[Dr. Frankenstein and Igor have just exhumed a corpse]
Dr. Frankenstein: What a filthy job!
Igor: Could be worse.
Dr. Frankenstein: How?
Igor: Could be raining.
[Crack of thunder, torrential rain starts]

Dr. Frankenstein: [reading his grandfather's work] "The minuteness of the parts formed a great hindrance to my speed. I resolved therefore to make the Creature of gigantic stature." Of course, that would simplify everything.
Inga: In other words…his veins, his feet, his hands, his organs vould all have to be increased in size.
Dr. Frankenstein: Precisely.
Inga: [her eyes get wide] He vould have an enormous schwanzschtücker.
Dr. Frankenstein: [ponders this a moment] That goes without saying.
Inga: Woof.
Igor: He's going to be very popular.

Dr. Frankenstein: [To Igor] Igor, may I speak to you for a moment?
Igor: Of course.
Dr. Frankenstein: Sit down, won't you?
Igor: Thank you. [sits on the floor]
Dr. Frankenstein: No no, up here.
Igor: Thank you. [sits on a chair]
Dr. Frankenstein: Now... that brain that you gave me... was it Hans Delbruck's?
Igor: [Crosses arms] No.
Dr. Frankenstein: [Holds up hand] Ah. Good. Uh... would you mind telling me... whose brain... I did put in?
Igor: And you won't be angry?
Dr. Frankenstein: I will not be angry.
Igor: [Shrugs] Abby...someone.
Dr. Frankenstein: Abby someone? Abby who?
Igor: Abby Normal.
Dr. Frankenstein: [takes a deep breath] Abby Normal?
Igor: I'm almost sure that was the name. [He and Dr. Frankenstein laugh]
Dr. Frankenstein: Are you saying... [Stands] that I put an abnormal brain... [Puts hand on Igor's hump; increasingly angry] into a 7 and a half foot long... 54- inch wide... [Grabs Igor by throat] GORILLA?!?!?! [Strangling Igor] IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE TELLING ME!?!

Dr. Frankenstein: [after failing to bring the creature to life] Nothing.
Inga: Oh, Doctor, I'm sorry.
Dr. Frankenstein: No. No. Be of good cheer. If science teaches us anything, it teaches us to accept our failures, as well as our successes, with quiet dignity and grace. [begins walking away but then runs back and starts beating up the creature; furious] SON OF A BITCH BASTARD! I'LL GET YOU FOR THIS! WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME!? WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME!?
Inga: Stop it! Stop that! Stop it! You'll kill him!
Dr. Frankenstein: [pounds on the creatures chest in rage before being restrained] I DON'T WANT TO LIVE! I DO NOT WANT TO LIVE! [whimpers]
Igor: [To the audience] Quiet dignity and grace. [rolls eyes]
Dr. Frankenstein: Oh... mama...

Igor: You know, I'll never forget my old dad. When these things would happen to him. The things he'd say to me.
Dr. Frankenstein: What did he say?
Igor: "What the hell are you doing in the bathroom day and night? Why don't you get out of there and give someone else a chance?"

Dr. Frankenstein: Love is the only thing that can save this poor creature, and I am going to convince him that he is loved even at the cost of my own life. No matter what you hear in there, no matter how cruelly I beg you, no matter how terribly I may scream, do not open this door or you will undo everything I have worked for. Do you understand? Do not open this door!
Inga: Yes, Doctor.
Igor: [sarcastically] Nice workin' with ya.
[Dr. Frankenstein enters the Monster's cell, accidentally bumping into a table. The Monster awakens, roaring with rage. Panicking, Dr. Frankenstein turns back to the door.]
Dr. Frankenstein: Let me out. Let me out of here. Get me the hell out of here. [Turns to the Monster, then back to the door] What's the matter with you people? I WAS JOKING! Don't you know a joke when you hear one? [Sarcastically] HA HA HA! [Begins pounding on the door; outside, Frau Blūcher stops Inga and Igor from trying to open the cell.] Jesus Christ, let me out of here! Open this goddamn door or I'll kick your rotten heads in! MOMMY!!!
Frau Blucher: [blocking the door as Inga and Igor again try to open the cell] Nein!
[The Monster roars, shrugging off its chains. Dr. Frankenstein turns back to the Monster, deciding a different approach...]
Dr. Frankenstein: Hello, handsome! [The Monster looks momentarily wrong-footed] You're a good looking fellow, do you know that? People laugh at you, people hate you, but why do they hate you? Because... they are JEALOUS! Look at that boyish face. Look at that sweet smile. Do you wanna talk about physical strength? Do you want to talk about sheer muscle? Do you want to talk about the Olympian ideal? You are a GOD! And listen to me, you are not evil. You... are... GOOD! [The Monster starts to cry, and Dr. Frankenstein hugs him] This is a nice boy. This is a good boy. This is a mother's angel. And I want the world to know once and for all, and without any shame, that we love him! I'm going to teach you. I'm going to show you how to walk, how to speak, how to move, how to think. Together, you and I are going to make the greatest single contribution to science since the creation of fire!
Inga: [from outside] Dr. Fronkensteen! Are you all right?
Dr. Frankenstein: MY NAME IS FRANKENSTEIN!!!

Inga: You know, there's something I've been meaning to ask you. In the transference, the monster got part of your wonderful brain. But what did you ever get from him?
[Dr. Frankenstein moans suggestively and approaches her in bed]
Inga: [gasping] Oh my goodness, I don't believe... [emits several somewhat painful-sounding moans and grunts] [singing] Oh, sweet mystery of life, at last I've found you! At last, I know the secret of it all!


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