Young Frankenstein script
Synopsis: Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American horror comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn and Gene Hackman. The screenplay was written by Wilder and Brooks.

FADE IN:

1EXT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE1

A BOLT OF LIGHTNING!

A CRACK OF THUNDER!

On a distant, rainy hill, the old Frankenstein castle, as

we knew and loved it, is illuminated by ANOTHER BOLT OF

LIGHTNING.

MUSIC:
AN EERIE TRANSYLVANIAN LULLABY begins to PLAY in

the b.g.

2ANOTHER ANGLE2

as we MOVE SLOWLY CLOSER to the castle. It is completely

dark, except for one room -- a study in the corner of the

castle -- which is only lit by candles.

Now we are just outside a rain-splattered window of the

study. We LOOK IN and SEE:

3INT. STUDY - NIGHT3

An open coffin rests on a table we can not see it's contents.

As the CAMERA SLOWLY CIRCLES the coffin for a BETTER VIEW...

A CLOCK BEGINS TO CHIME: "ONE," "TWO," "THREE," "FOUR..."

We are ALMOST FACING the front of the coffin. "FIVE,"

"SIX," "SEVEN," "EIGHT..."

The CAMERA STOPS. Now it MOVES UP AND ABOVE the satin-lined

coffin. "NINE," "TEN," "ELEVEN," "T W E L V E!"

CUT TO:

4THE EMBALMED HEAD OF BEAUFORT FRANKENSTEIN4

Half of still clings to the waxen balm; the other

half has decayed to skull. Below his head is a skeleton,

whose bony fingers cling to a metal box.

5A HAND5

reaches in to grasp the metal box. It lifts the box halfway

out of the coffin -- the skeleton's fingers rising, involun-

tarily, with the box.

Cont.

2

5 Cont.

Then, as of by force of will, the skeleton's fingers grab

the box back and place it where it was.

Now the "Hand" -- using its other hand -- grabs the box

back from the skeleton's fingers. The skeleton no longer

resists.

6CORNELIUS WALDMAN6

whose "Hands" we have just seen, now carries the box to a

small table. He takes a tiny key out from his vest pocket

and begins to unlock the metal box.

NINE PEOPLE watch him closely. They are seated on chairs

in the study, waiting to hear the contents of

Beaufort Frankenstein's will. Their dress is turn-of-the-

century Transylvanian.

Cornelius Waldman fumbles with the lock, emitting strange

grunts as he tries to open it. With each grunt, the face

of a "potential Heir" is SEEN, squirming with frustration

or anger.

FIRST VILLAGER (WALTER)

Fumbling fool! For two kronen

I'd rip that box fight out of his

hands.

ILSE (HIS WIFE)

Shhh!

NINETY-YEAR-OLD VILLAGER (HENRICH)

Hurry. Idiot, hurry!

AGATHA (HIS WIFE)

Quiet, Henrich! We've waited seventy

years...another three or four seconds

won't hurt.

NINETY-YEAR-OLD VILLAGER

Another three of four more seconds?

I could be dead by then.

AGATHA:

Shhh!

FIFTH VILLAGER (A MAN)

What if he's left you out?

HELENE (HIS GIRL FRIEND)

Just let him try -- I'll take care

of him.

Cont.

3

6 Cont.

ANASTASIA (A MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN)

Oh, Mommy...I hardly remember. Did

the Baron really like me when I was

a child?

MARLENE (HER MOTHER)

Like a father!

NINTH VILLAGER (WOLFGANG)

(muttering to

himself)

Wenn dieser Bloder kerl sich nicht

beeilt verde ich verruckt. Was zum

Teufel machte?

MARLENE:

Shhh!

Cornelius Waldman finally opens the lock. He takes out an

old parchment, puts on his glasses, coughs and sputters a

few times, and then begins to read.

CORNELIUS WALDMAN

'I, Beaufort Frankenstein, in this

my eighty third year of life, do

hereby make, publish and declare the

following statements as and for my

last will and testament, and I direct

my executor, Cornelius Waldman, to

inform and assemble those persons

previously divulged to him, that

they may hear -- in my own voice --

the final disposition of my property.'

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Gene Wilder

Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and author. more…

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