Sunday, February 15, 2009

I Found Another One

I've written before that I'm not a movie person. Well, tonight I found Gene Wilder in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. I've seen bits of it many times, but I've never sat through the whole movie from start to finish. Tonight I did.

I really enjoyed it. Mel Brooks is such a funny man. I remember one time he appeared as Uncle Phil with Paul Reiser on Mad About You. It was histerical and I understand most of it was ad libbed. He started as a writer on the old Sid Ceasar show, Your Show of Shows which I used to watch on my neighbor's TV because my family had not yet gotten a TV. TV is considered such a staple now, it's hard to imagine any one never having a TV.

I enjoyed the song and dance with Peter Boyle as the monster and Gene Wilder. Their version of Puttin' on the Ritz had me laughing out loud. I also enjoyed their little game of charades while the monster is choking Dr. Frankenstein. The scenes with Gene Hackman as the blind man and the monster were great, even if they were politically incorrect.

Maybe I should just set aside two hours one day a week and sit down and watch a movie. There must be so many out there just waiting to be seen.


HMK said...

I also loved High Anxiety
Funny movies are a gift but they have to tickle "your" funny bone.
For instance, I don't care for Billy Chrystal, Robin Williams or George Carlin; but love Richie Pryer, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Lewis Black- all outrageous guys. (foulmouthed but not sleazy)Jackie Gleason as the Honeymooner bus driver & Ed Norton were top notch in my book too.
Generally I don't like slapstick or silly like Red Skelton, Milton Berle, Carol Burnett. But I love Woody Allen, Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner. Gene wilder is pretty funny too.I'm so so about Steve Martin. Saw him in a funny skit at GSAC in Holmdel once.
More men were funny to me than women (I guess it's the outrageousness they got away with when women couldn't)
I didn't like Lucille Ball either nor Mary Tyler Moore but did like Cloris Leechman, Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers.
Really disliked Roseann Barr. Too crude, gross.
It's a tough art form for sure; so much humor is spontaneous.
I wonder what one's comic picks could reveal about one?

Snooty Primadona said...

Young Frankensteen has always been a fav of mine. It still cracks me up when Madeline Kahn (ahem) hits her high notes...

ms/sss said...

Re: Young Frankensteen...
That movie and scene has always been a favorite of my husband's, too.