Mel Brooks took the terrifying story of a hideous monster stitched together from the human parts of dead people and turned it on its head.  This 1974 uproarious, knee-slapping comic send-up featured fuzzy-locked Gene Wilder as the mad doctor, bug-eyed Marty Feldman as Igor the hunchbacked assistant, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr as kooky females, and Peter Boyle as the misunderstood monster. The movie’s script was nominated for an Oscar as Best screenplay adapted from another medium. The film’s highlight comes when Wilder and monster Boyle dress up in top hats and tuxes to do a high-stepping tap dance rendition of “Putting on the Ritz.”

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