November 09, 2006

A Little Llama USO Post-Election Morale Booster

"Hello! Vud You Like A Roll In Zee Hay?"

And while I'm on the subject, let me throw down a couple debating points:

RESOLVED: That Young Frankenstein is far and away Mel Brooks' best movie ever.

RESOLVED: Teri Garr was fabulously babelicious in those days.

BTW, who out there remembers the crush Dave Letterman had on her back in the mid 80's which culminated in his getting her to take a shower in his office while he was doing a show one time?

Posted by Robert at November 9, 2006 02:28 PM | TrackBack

I remember. I think she was pissed at him for a while for it, too.
Just watched YF last Saturday -- part of my Halloween watching. Great movie, but I like Blazing Saddles just a wee bit better.

Posted by: rbj at November 9, 2006 02:55 PM

I'd rank BS as my second favorite of the lot. The biggest weakness of BS, IMHO, is that it starts out as a parody Western that stays within the bounds of Westerns, but can't hold the line, reverting to slap-stick. The genious of YF is that Brooks is able to make the movie stay in character all the way through, if you see what I mean.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at November 9, 2006 03:19 PM

I hear ya, the ending was a bit weaker than YF, but I like slap stick though.

Posted by: rbj at November 9, 2006 04:11 PM


For me? It's a toss-up between the two.

And I quote lines from them, constantly,to the chagrin of my family.

Posted by: Just Me at November 9, 2006 04:26 PM

I think it has to be Blazing Saddles by a nose at the post...From the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and Duck!

Posted by: Basil Seal at November 9, 2006 04:59 PM

According to Gene Wilder, on Inside the Actor's Studio, YF is actually his movie. It was his idea and he wrote the screenplay. He went to Mel for help in tuning it up. Mel loved what he saw and insisted on directing.

Posted by: Mike at November 9, 2006 07:32 PM

The flaw in BS is the ending, just as in Monty Python and the Holy Grail- that the movie itself is a joke played on the audience.

And yes- Teri Garr was a hottie. The running joke was that she was secretly Letterman's wife!

Posted by: Barry at November 9, 2006 08:21 PM

What a set of knockers...vy zank you.

1)Young Frankenstein
2)Monty Python and the Holy Grail
4)Blazing Saddles

An unofficial poll based on quotes from the above movies heard about town...

Posted by: Chas at November 10, 2006 10:54 AM

In answer:

(1) Agreed, and


Posted by: Steven L. at November 10, 2006 03:40 PM

That's very interesting about Gene Wilder and would go a long way to explaining why YF isn't really all that much like other Brooks movies.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at November 10, 2006 03:49 PM

Does anybody remember Ms. Garr in the Star Trek episode ("Assignment: Earth") with whats-his-name playing "Gary Seven", and Garr playing the secretary of the front company?

That's got to be one of her first least, one in which she did more than just dance for Elvis.

Sorry...Blazing Saddles, while flawed, still has far better lines than YF. "We have to act...and act fast. I'm leaving."

Posted by: blackwing1 at November 11, 2006 04:08 PM

"Candygram for Mongo."

Still makes me laugh. Though I'd still go with Blazing Saddles. Two words: Marty Feldman.

Posted by: The Colossus at November 13, 2006 01:41 PM

We (the whole family) here LOVE Young Frankenstein and bits of that (and Monty Python and the Holy Grail) are quoted regularly 'round these parts.

And who's brain did you bring me?
Abbie Somebody .... Abbie Normal
You brought ME AN ABNORMAL brain! ....


And yes, I saw that Letterman show with the Teri Garr shower scene! Hot CHA!

Posted by: keysunset at November 14, 2006 07:30 AM