ELEVATE ME!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Well, dear, are you ready?
Inga: Yes, Doctor.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Elevate me.
Inga: Now? Right here?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Yes, yes, raise the platform.
Inga: Oh. Ze platform. Oh, zat, yah, yah… yes.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

63 thoughts on “ELEVATE ME!”

      1. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen it. Our DVD is at the “camp” on the Cape, so I can’t pull it out tonight. The thing is, it isn’t just “Mel” – I think this movie works so well because Gene Wilder wrote the basic script and then had Mel come in and edit it and direct it. It does have the over the top Mel Brooks thing going, but there is a dry undercurrent that I think comes from Gene.

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        1. Gene wouldn’t let Mel act in it. He said Mel was too “over the top” and would ruin it. He was probably right. As Mel Brooks movies go, this was — along with “High Anxiety” — very much on target. I have trouble remembering the real movies from which they were taken. I just remember the Brooks’ versions. And of course, Gene Hackman’s funniest 15 minutes in “Blazing Saddled,” and “Young Frankenstein.”

          “Wait! I was going to make espresso!”

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    1. Aerosmith got the idea for the title of their hit song “Walk this way” because they were recording the song but had not lyrics. They took a break and went to see “Young Frankenstein” and got the idea from Igor’s comment. True story.

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              1. And every week. He gets together with Carl Reiner and they eat TV dinners off of TV trays watching old TV movies. They prefer ones where someone say “Defend the perimeter!!”
                How cool is that.

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        1. Have you seen the original with Jack Benny? In THIS case, this was an homage to the original — a word-for-word copy of the original, except in color. The Jack Benny version shows up on cable now and then. If you find it, watch it. Not that Mel’s isn’t good, but Benny was … well … Jack Benny!

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            1. Garry went to school with a bunch of people who became genuinely really famous. Hofstra in those early years had a fantastic drama department. It was an easy college to get into and it was not expensive. Garry went using some credits he got for being (briefly) in the Marine Corps (they threw him out when they realized he was too deaf to hear the cry “Over the hill, boys!”). But even if you had just a part-time job, you could manage a few courses. When Garry started, it was $17/credit and there were no dorms. It was a commuter school. My first husband had a “thing” with Susan Sullivan. Garry just did scenes in class.

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  1. Funnily enough my sister sent me a list of “30 Funniest Movies”she’d found the other day with the comment. “Young Frankenstein ought to be in this list. “. She watched it the other week too for the umpteenth time.

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