Favorite Mel Brooks Film

Which director made the best films, made the best visuals, or smelled the best? This is the forum to find out.

Which film of Mel Brooks do you enjoy the most?

The Producers
2
6%
The Twelve Chairs
1
3%
Blazing Saddles
9
29%
Young Frankenstein
12
39%
Silent Movie
1
3%
HIgh Anxiety
3
10%
History of the World pt. 1
2
6%
Spaceballs
1
3%
Life Stinks
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Favorite Mel Brooks Film

Postby Brocktune on Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:57 pm

so tough to decide. i didnt count Robin Hood: Men in Tights, or Dracula: Dead and Loving It, well, because they suck. if you ask me, you can tell he was in the autumn of his creativity as it were when spaceballs came out. with Life Stinks being something of a return to form. Critically, id say The Producers or The Twelve Chairs. Favorite would probably be High Anxiety. For me at least. I was a little dismayed when i found out that he didnt actually direct the 1984 version of To Be or Not to Be, because that would have been a close second. Oh well, what does everybody else think? im expecting a lot of Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein votes, but well see.
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Postby Cbabbitt on Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:02 pm

Spaceballs and Young Frankenstein. Now, where is the Mel Brooks Passion of the Christ? !!
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Postby burlivesleftnut on Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:05 pm

I have a soft spot for High Anxiety. It was the first Brooks movie I saw as a kid. My dag took me too it. Anyhow, I still love.

And I walked out of Spaceballs.
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Postby lyra belacqua on Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:10 pm

My aunties love High Anxiety. Of course, both of them are kinda insane, so I think they relate.

I prefer Young Frankenstein above the rest, if only for "Abby Normal" and "wasn't your hump on the other side?" I giggle every time.
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Postby bluebottle on Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:12 pm

I love when, in Young Frankenstein, Gene Wilder gives the big long super important speech, "Since the beginning of man"... or whatever, as he's being raised up to the roof with the monster...

That and "Roll in ze hay"
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Postby so sorry on Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:16 pm

wow, I'm shocked that i'm the only one who voted Blazing Saddles! What is wrong with you people? Candy Gram for Mongo? Hello! The Sherriff is a n@%GONG%@! Hellllllooooo! Sheesh....
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Postby bluebottle on Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:18 pm

"Do you understand?!"

"Yesssssssssssss"

"It's like steam escaping"

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Postby so sorry on Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:27 pm

"more weinerschnitzel?"
"De camp town ladies?"

pure. comedy. genious.
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Postby TheBaxter on Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:33 pm

yay new poll

blazing saddles?
young frankenstein?
blazing saddles?
young frankenstein?
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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN!
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Postby DennisMM on Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:43 pm

For me, it's "Young Frankenstein" in a walk. "The Producers" may be funnier, but YF has levels of craft and style lacking in Brooks's other movies. "Blazing Saddles" wins for best theme, followed closely by "High Anxiety." (Ooo ... ziety! It's you that I blame!)

Also, Teri Garr is hotter than Madeline Kahn, especially since Madeline died. Okay, cheap shot.

I started doubting Mel when I saw "Silent Movie," which was more a gimmick than a movie. "High Anxiety" was better, but still a bit of a gimmick, with the many Hitchcock moments. My favorite part of "History of the World" was "Jews in Space," which was two minutes of the movie.

After a while I grew tired of the parody and wanted more original ideas, so I skipped his last few movies. Did I miss anything?
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Postby Brocktune on Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:57 pm

no, you didnt, his last couple are relatively weak. i do have a soft spot for History of the World, because thats the first one i saw as a child. Teri Garr was a million times hotter... at least back then. but Madeline Kahn is definitely the funnier of the two! the scene with her at the train station refusing gene wilder any affection because of her makeup and hair. hilarious. but she really stands out the most (for me) in blazing saddles. her crazy german burlesque performer Lilly Von Shtupp - priceless. i laugh so hard at her in that movie. Great directors always seem to have a stable of great actors that compliment them. brooks was certainly one of these. i definitely have to agree with the parody thing. for me, thats why spaceballs seems to be where Brooks jumped the shark. he switched from intelligent partial send ups to more zucker brothers style straight up spoofs. that shit didnt really work for me.
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Postby wonkabar on Fri Aug 19, 2005 2:34 am

The best stuff in Blazing Sadldles is Pryor's imo.
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Postby Man-in-the-Box on Fri Aug 19, 2005 3:00 am

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Postby Agent Alonzo on Fri Aug 19, 2005 3:15 am

Can't pick between saddles and frankenstein...
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Postby wonkabar on Fri Aug 19, 2005 3:17 am

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Postby bluebottle on Fri Aug 19, 2005 3:18 am

i say frankenstein, BUT had pryor been in saddles, no contest.

Can you imagine?
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Postby wonkabar on Fri Aug 19, 2005 3:23 am

Coulda been the first Wilder/Prior classic....shame
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Postby Brocktune on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:10 am

why wasnt it pryor anyway? i mean he co wrote it. why the fuck wouldnt he want to be in it?
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Postby wonkabar on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:12 am

I think he was untested at the box-office, or something like that was the the reasoning at the time.
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Postby Brocktune on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:19 am

oh, so studio dickery got in the way eh? what the fuck had cleavon little done that had tested so well (im going way out on a limb here my true ignorance may be revealed). of course, im not disparaging ol cleavon's performance, in fact i loved it. but man if those studio douchebags that put up all of the money dont get in the goddamned way.
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Postby Agent Alonzo on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:24 am

I love Pryor like a mofo, but it would have been a very different movie with him, I think Little did an outstanding job, and his lack of overplaying in such an outrageous movie really helps make it even funnier...
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Postby Man-in-the-Box on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:33 am

I think that I would tend to agree with Mr. FBI, but in some sort of alternate universe type thingy, I would like to see what it could have been with Richard.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:34 am

so sorry wrote:wow, I'm shocked that i'm the only one who voted Blazing Saddles! What is wrong with you people? Candy Gram for Mongo? Hello! The Sherriff is a n@%GONG%@! Hellllllooooo! Sheesh....



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Postby Agent Alonzo on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:36 am

Both BS and YF have outstanding replay factor, I mean who hasn't seen those movies dozens of times, and yet they are still giggleworthy...
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Postby wonkabar on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:37 am

wow, no zone-cover-clean-up-words for n166r and cheenx?
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Postby wonkabar on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:39 am

I almost went for BS, but voted Producers instead, it was close.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:47 am

Brocktune wrote:why wasnt it pryor anyway? i mean he co wrote it. why the fuck wouldnt he want to be in it?


um, 'cuz he had the rep of a crazy drugtaking immolator. Which turned out to be true.
He won the lead role of Sheriff Bart in Blazing Saddles (1974) over Richard Pryor, who co-wrote the script intending to play the role himself. Studio execs were apparently nervous over Pryor's reputation as a racy comedian and thought Cleavon would be a safer choice.

I think Brooks said something 'bout this on the commentary, or that Cleavon was just perfect for the role.

And just what is the problem with Cleavon? IMHO one very talented and funny mofo. And he won a Tony award. He passed on at a much too young 53.
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Postby vicious_bastard on Fri Aug 19, 2005 7:47 am

Blazing Saddles has the best script but I had to go for The Producers. It doesn't tire as quickly. I only found out that Richard Pryor worked on the screenplay quite recently. Maybe it would have been TOO funny if he had played Slim.

Spaceballs has to be the greatest stoner movie ever.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Fri Aug 19, 2005 8:59 am

I gotta give a the nod to a the Frankestein... I like a that Brooks used a the original sets from a the 1933 flick anna wrapped uppa the first few Frankie flicks inna to a nice comendy. Like a the Lyra said, the hunchback jokes, they classic! "Walk a this a way..." BWAHAHAHA!!!

Saddles onna Fire, she donna hold uppa after alla these years... the comedy, she's a dated, eh?

I did a like a scene with a Wilder as a the gunfighter... "you're hand, she looks a steady to me," ... "yeah, but I shoot with a THIS one!"
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Postby thomasgaffney on Fri Aug 19, 2005 9:02 am

I gotta give my vote to Young Frankenstein. Everything in that movie just makes me laugh everytime I watch it. Even the simple gags like "Frau Blücher!" making the horses neigh still has me laughing after repeated viewings.
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Postby John-Locke on Fri Aug 19, 2005 9:12 am

My favorite scene in Young Frankenstein is the one with Gene Hackman playing the blind man, and he's accidentaly pouring hot water on to the Monster who is trying desperately not to react. Still stands up after all these years, some physical comedy never gets old.
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Postby so sorry on Fri Aug 19, 2005 9:39 am

My personal favorite YF moment is the end, with the Puttin' On the Ritz scene. Brilliant.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Fri Aug 19, 2005 10:21 am

I chose Blazing Saddles, its the Mel Brooks comedy I enjoy most and I can watch it over and over and it never gets dull.

My #2 and 3 picks: Young Frankenstein and The Producers
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Postby John-Locke on Fri Aug 19, 2005 10:25 am

Hey Winslow I love your new avatar, I'm imagining Tony M shooting at the toes of the dancing Bambino's and saying "FÅT, FUCKS"
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Postby WinslowLeach on Fri Aug 19, 2005 10:41 am

Thanks Johnny! The Harry/You/Dino animation is hilarious! The best one Ive seen so far.
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Postby John-Locke on Fri Aug 19, 2005 11:16 am

Well the credit goes to Dino for that one.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Fri Aug 19, 2005 11:46 am

Dino made a hit with that one for sure.
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Postby Brocktune on Fri Aug 19, 2005 3:17 pm

just for the record, i love cleavon little. i also love cleavon little in blazing saddles. i was just curious.
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:22 pm

Frankenstein for me, but I must admit...

(please don't hate me)

...I frickin love Spaceballs, and I actually thought Robin Hood, Men in tights was funny.

God I love cheeseball humor
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Postby Brocktune on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:32 pm

well, at least he had the good sense to cast dave chappelle.
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Postby DennisMM on Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:50 pm

Until recently, my wife had the shut down sound on our pc set for "Puttin' on the Ritz." Her online persona is Nurse Noir, and her avatar is Nurse Diesel.
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Postby evolvingsensblty on Sat Aug 20, 2005 12:06 am

"I shall now read from the book of Matthew, Mark, Luke....and Duck!"
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Even the throw away jokes in Saddles are good.

Dino, you Putz, what on earth are you talking about? Not one of the 5000 jokes in Saddles has aged a day. Producers, Frankenstein, Saddles are timeless classics that will crack up our Robot/Alien/Chinese descendants for eons to come.
Even History, Anxiety, and Spaceballs will probably endure.
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Postby Adam Balm on Sat Aug 20, 2005 1:21 am

Mel Brooks is okay, but you know what's just as good? Airplane. That was on yesterday and goddamn, that is one of the best comedies ever made.
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Postby Fried Gold on Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:48 am

I know people like them, but I'd agree with Adam Balm. They are okay. It's possibly because they've now been broken down into a series of "best of" clips.
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Postby Vegeta on Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:54 am

For me, probably Blazing Saddles followed by History of the World Part 1.

Spaceballs is really low on the list for me... it was too, how do I put this, lame.
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Postby Maui on Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:02 pm

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN!!!
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Postby Spifftacular SquirrelGirl on Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:04 pm

Maui wrote:YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN!!!



Seconding that.

I was raised on that movie and remember being very young and watching that with my dad a lot.

Spaceballs comes in a close second even if the movie doesn't hold up as well as I remember it did.
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Postby bluebottle on Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:18 pm

The Critic (Second only to Young Frankenstein and The Producers.... So Third... Fourth actually because of Blazing-- Seriously though you should watch this short, it was his first...
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Postby DerLanghaarige on Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:57 pm

I seriously gotta admit that Dracula is my favourite, with Silent Movie as a close 2nd.
I don't know why there is so much hate for Dracula, but I don't think that any parody, that is able to build up a stronger atmosphere than the movie that it makes fun of, should have such a bad reputation! Maybe it was just because people began to hate Leslie Nielsen back in 1996 and still do.
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Postby Vegeta on Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:06 pm

I like Young Frankenstein, but listening to Gene Wilder scream at the top of his lungs for what seems like the whole movie gets old... fast.
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