High Anxiety

Synopsis: Dr. Richard Thorndyke arrives as new administrator of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous to discover some suspicious goings-on. When he's framed for murder, Dr. Thorndyke must confront his own psychiatric condition, "high anxiety," in order to clear his name. An homage to the films of Alfred Hitchcock; contains many parodies of famous Hitchcock scenes from THE BIRDS, PSYCHO, and VERTIGO.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Mel Brooks
Production: Fox
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Allow me to introduce Nurse Diesel,

my right-hand man. Woman.

Dr. Thorndyke. How do you do?

Charlotte Diesel.

I left a complete medical file of everyone

in the Institute in your room.

I'm sure you'll want to rest

before you meet the rest of the staff.

Dinner is served at 8:00

in the private dining room.

Those who are tardy do not get fruit cup.

Excuse me.

Dr. Thorndyke, may I say...



Do you see what I mean?

I'm trying to tell you...



I got it. I got it...

I ain't got it.

Come in.

Thorndyke. My Richard!

Professor Little-old-man!

Lilloman. Lilloman. Nobody gets it right.

Little-old-man, Little-old-man...


My best pupil.

My best student which I ever had.

A patient comes to you.

He is suffering from Belden's Hysteria.

He has a seizure right in your office.

What do you give him?

Two cc's of aqueous Thorazine

coupled with one cc of Somadiazine.

Good. And the most important thing?

Never take a personal check.

That's my boy. That's my good pupil.

Professor, it's so good to see you.

Please, sit down. Let's talk.

To sit? Ja.

Richard, I am so proud of you.

So proud, my boy.

Head of your class at Johns Hopkins.

Associate professor at Dartmouth.

Full professor at Harvard.

Winner of the Nobel Prize. And now...

...the head of the most prestigious

psychiatric institute on the West Coast.

I'm sorry, excuse me.

When you get old, you get very emotional.

Oops. I blew too fast.

- Here, Professor, some tissues.

- Danke schn to you.

- Professor?

- Ja?

- I had no idea you were working here.

- Working?

Working is a big word. I'm a consultant.

It's a fancy title for a part-time job.

I come in two hours a day.

I don't bother them. They don't bother me.

Your predecessor, Dr. Ashley, hired me.

It is a shame he died so all of a sudden.

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Mel Brooks

Melvin James Brooks is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, composer and songwriter. He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. more…

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