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A podcast to discuss and celebrate the films of Gene Wilder one minute at a time.

A podcast to discuss and celebrate the films of Gene Wilder one minute at a time.
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A podcast to discuss and celebrate the films of Gene Wilder one minute at a time.






Young Frankenstein Bonus Episode 1: Interview with Brian Scott Mednick

This is a bonus to the end of season one where we spent time with Gene Wilder Biographer, Brian Scott Mednick. We discuss the impetus behind the biography and then focus on the big three films of Gene Wilder. We start with a short history of Gene Wilder, including the film, Bonnie and Clyde and The Producers before shifting to Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Brian's book is called, Gene Wilder: Funny and Sad and it can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles or by...


Young Frankenstein Episode 106: Final thoughts and a peek into season two

We have come to the end of Young Frankenstein. As part of our final thoughts on the movie, we brought back several of our guest hosts to provide their final thoughts as well. Walt and Alan take time to intro and outro each guest, while providing some insight and commentary on the season that was. After going through all the guests, Alan and Walt spend time discussing their final thoughts before deciding to reveal the film they will do in season two. With franchises, it is easy to know the...


Young Frankenstein Episode 105: The penultimate episode

So we thought we had just one uncomfortable moment in the movie, but it turns out we have another. The final moments mirror the scene between Elizabeth and the monster. This time, Dr. Frankenstein, still in a trance, makes his way into bed with Inga. Inga wonders if the doctor gave some of his wonderful brain to his creature, what did he get in return? The doctor smiles and as the camera pushes in, he rolls over onto Inga in an embrace. The camera cuts to the fireplace where we initially...


Young Frankenstein Episode 104: Socks and poo-poo undies

We begin with Inga still singing from the bathroom and Freddy seeming to be falling into a stupor. We then shift to a brightly lit New York apartment. The monster is dressed in leopard print jammies and is in bed, reading the Wall Street Journal. From their bathroom, Elizabeth asks if he had a good evening and if he enjoyed meeting the parents. Then she asks if he saw the two hampers: one for shirt and the other for socks and poo-poo undies. When she exits the bathroom, she has the full-on...


Young Frankenstein Episode 103: Every thread of the film culminates in one shot

Inga opens the minute expressing her love of the name, Mrs. Frankenstein. After a playful kiss, she tells Freddy to keep his hat on as she moves into the bathroom. Dr. Frankenstein begins to undress, but makes sure to keep his hat on his head. As he unbuttons his collar and starts to grab his pajamas, Inga starts to hum the Trasylvanian lullaby. Freddy becomes momentarily transfixed. In his pose, we are given a viusal reminder of so many of the elements of Young Frankenstein in this one...


Young Frankenstein Episode 102: Some sponge cake and a little wine

We continue from yesterday with Inspector Kemp declaring that this is an entirely different situation. He offers his hand to the creature in friendship, welcoming him to the community. They shake and the villagers begin to cheer in earnest, perhaps none as much as Igor. The inspector then begins to invite everyone over to his house for a little sponge cake and a little wine, when suddenly his arm pops off. Kemp grabs it from the monster, utters a brief dirty word and then triumphantly...


Young Frankenstein Episode 100: I am the monster

As we open the minute, the angry mob continues to storm through the castle. We are up against the clock with the transference. Inga and Igor keep looking at the time. The villagers, somehow find their way through to the secret laboratory. We discuss how they most have to go through Victor's old room, play with the rotating bookcase, make their way down the stair, through the dead heads before coming to the door. Inspector Kemp is once again used as a battering ram. With just three seconds...


Young Frankenstein Episode 99: Inspector Kemp battering ram

We continue today with Igor switching off all the controls to the laboratory equipment. One piece continues to fire until Igor comes down the stair and hits it. Then, he grabs what looks like test leads from a voltmeter and touches it to the metal salad bowl on Dr. Frankenstein's head. Even though we have been dealing with electricity once again, a close up of the doctor shows what looks like some liquid goop running through tubes. The tubes seem to be connected to a pump between him and...


Young Frankenstein Episode 98: Prepare for the transference

We continue today with the monster nearly cresting the edge of the wall. Dr. Frankenstein says the monster wants to do it for himself. We get a very odd look from the monster making us think he might be okay with a little help. He finally makes it over the wall, stands up and has one final look of pride before collapsing just as the doctor yells to catch him. They help the monster into the chair Igor had been using. Freddy asks if everything is ready and both Igor and Inga confirm they are...


Young Frankenstein Episode 97: Rock climbing like Tom Cruise

Doctor Frankenstein, Igor and Inga are still on the stop wall of the castle, playing the Transylvanian lullaby. Igor finally gets to play the six notes he's been anxious to play. As the music continue, Inga finally sees the lumbering form of the monster. She cries that it's working, the music is working! Freddy continues to play the violin as the monster begins to rock climbing like Tom Cruise. Though we have some serious concerns with this minute, we still love the movie. By the time the...


Young Frankenstein Episode 96: Doctor Frankenstein's open mic night

We begin with Frankenstein's monster being lulled by the sound of music, pulling him away from Elizabeth. She first wonders where he is going and then makes a pronouncement about their evening. She says all men are all alike; after 7 or 8 quick ones, they're ready to go out and boast with the boys. She demands he keep his mouth shut about their evening. Then she admits she has fallen in love with him. We cut to the top of the wall of the castle where Dr. Frankenstein, Igor and Inga have...


Young Frankenstein Episode 95: When all else fails, just reverse the film

The minute continues with Elizabeth finishing her operatic joy in the embrace of the monster. We then cut to Inspector Kemp and the villagers continuing their search for the monster. We notice the Inspector points with the wrong arm and has his patch on the incorrect eye. In fact, his badge is on the wrong side of his uniform and even a villager is holding a rifle left-handed. It seems they had to reverse the film to make this scene work properly in terms of moving from right to left...


Young Frankenstein Episode 94: One uncomfortable minute at a time

Elizabeth opens the minute, questioning the monster about who he is and demands to know where she is. She tries to take control of the situation. She uses the same tactics she uses on Freddy to keep him in line. However, she has met her match since the monster does not answer her or answer to her. He only moans his responses. Once Elizabeth realizes what the monster intends, she tries to tell him about an important phone call she needs to answer. Once the monster reveals his enormous...


Young Frankenstein Episode 93: Why does no one know where to go in Transylvania

We continue today with Elizabeth singing the chorus to the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Suddenly, Frankenstein's monster is peering in from her balcony, looking more like Bela Lugosi's Dracula than the monster. After a scream, we get multiple shots of the angry mob seeming to be going in every direction except toward the castle. In fact, it even appears they start at the castle, then head to a rickety bridge, before sneaking into the woods. It's like no one knows where to go in...


Young Frankenstein Episode 92: No Tongues

We continue with Elizabeth trying to keep Freddy under control. She realizes he need something to hold him at bay so she offers a kiss. Just as he is leaning in, she commands, "No tongues!" He pauses momentarily and then they kiss, but all the passion is gone. After kissing, he becomes somewhat passive-aggressive with her. He refuses to use his tongue at all, including answering her. His words come out as mumbles as he exits the room on his knees. We then discuss an interesting scene from...


Young Frankenstein Episode 91: That's a tough choice

We continue this minute with Freddy sitting on the floor like a lap dog. He is holding a mirror for Elizabeth. It is easy to see he is still worrying about his monster, but Elizabeth will hear none of it. Trying to take him mind off the situation at hand, she puts on a playful, but sexy voice about her room down the hall. Freddy wants her to stay with him. She will not let him, even when he tries to ravage her. She tells him he is a tough guy for making the tough decision to wait until the...


Young Frankenstein Episode 90: How many time zones does Transylvania have?

We continue today with the angry mob gathering in the town square. Inspector Kemp and his right hand man address the crowd. Kemp has decided that a riot is an ugly thing and it is high time they have one. The crowd is enthusiastic and this fires up Kemp to say Frederick will curse the day he was born a Frankenstein. However, Kemp slurs the words so badly, the crowd has to stop and ask him to repeat himself. Of course, he has to say it again and then it's off to charge toward the castle of...


Young Frankenstein Episode 89: When did dropping chains sound like electricity?

We begin today with the guard taunting the monster. He claims they are going to get along like old friends. However, we can sense there is a dark and sadistic side to Rudy. After a few more taunting comments, he goes to light his cigarette. The monster starts to whine and look frightened. Rudy, the sadistic guard, begins to taunt the monster further. He strikes a second match and tells him that little boys should not play with matches. As he inches closer, the monster has had enough. He...


Young Frankenstein Episode 88: We were having an intellectual discussion tonight

We begin the episode with Inga answering the question from Elizabeth about her role. She begins to discuss helping in the laboratory and then she remembers they like to have intellectual discussion. In fact, she remarks, they were having an intellectual discussion tonight when Dr. Frankenstein interrupts. He speaks something unintelligibly before asking Igor to help with the bags. Igor does his best Groucho Marx impression and then turns into a rabid dog, biting Elizabeth's fox stole. She...


Young Frankenstein Episode 87: What is it that you do do?

We begin the scene with Dr. Frankenstein calling out, "Darling," to an arriving Elizabeth who responds in kind. They exchange some banter about missing each other and that Elizabeth must be tired. As she chides Freddy, he says he will go pay the driver. While he's paying the man, Igor has a near duplicate scene with Elizabeth, as if he is making a move on her. She is instantly disarmed and does not know how to respond to the odd man. As Freddy returns, Igor tells her to say nothing and to...