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This movie of 1974, one of the most successful parodies of the horror film genre, was co-written by director Mel Brooks and star Gene Wilder, who plays a brain surgeon and descendant of Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced Frahnkensteen). It draws on the entire tradition of Frankenstein movies, but especially on the first three Universal movies starring Karloff: Frankenstein (1931), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and The Son of Frankenstein (1939).
Frankenstein, a brain surgeon who scoffs at the activities of his famous ancestor, travels to Transylvania, and there discovers the secret of creating life. Brooks used Kenneth Strickfaden's original electrical equipment from the 1931 Universal Frankenstein . The cast included Wilder, Peter Boyle (the Monster), Marty Feldman (Igor, pronounced Eye-gor), Madeline Kahn (as Elizabeth), Cloris Leachman, Terri Garr (in one of her first major roles), and Kenneth Mars.