Flamingo Road (1949)

“I’m not running! Do you understand that?” Synopsis: A carnival dancer (Joan Crawford) falls for the sheriff (Zachary Scott) of a small town ruled by a corrupt politician (Sydney Greenstreet), who plans to make Scott puppet-governor of the state, and will stop at nothing to prevent his relationship with Crawford from flourishing. Soon Lane (Crawford) […]

High Anxiety (1977)

“Those who are tardy do not get fruit cup.” Synopsis: Renowned but highly strung psychiatrist Dr. Thorndyke (Mel Brooks) becomes the new director of a mental institute, where a militant nurse (Cloris Leachman) and her colleague (Harvey Korman) are involved in nefarious dealings related to a wealthy patient whose grown daughter (Madeline Kahn) is concerned […]

Silent Movie (1976)

“Mel Funn — once Hollywood’s greatest director, until drinking destroyed his career — is trying to make a comeback.” Synopsis: A has-been director (Mel Brooks) and his friends (Marty Feldman and Dom DeLuise) convince the ailing head (Sid Caesar) of a major movie company to take a chance on their latest project — a silent […]

Young Frankenstein (1974)

“With such a magnificent body, all we need now is an equally magnificent brain.” Synopsis: A neuroscientist (Gene Wilder) returns to the home of his infamous great-grandfather, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, where he enlists the help of two loyal assistants — hunchbacked Igor (Marty Feldman) and busty Inga (Teri Garr) — in resurrecting a corpse and […]

History of the World: Part I (1981)

“And of course, with the birth of the artist came the inevitable afterbirth: the critic.” Synopsis: Mel Brooks takes a comedic romp through various stages of world history, including the Stone Age, Ancient Rome, the Spanish Inquisition, and the French Revolution. Genres: Comedy Historical Drama Mel Brooks Films Review: It’s hard to know exactly why […]

Blazing Saddles (1974)

“There is one thing standing between me and that property — the rightful owners.” Synopsis: A corrupt politician (Harvey Korman) hoping to build a railroad through the town of Rock Ridge plots to drive out its racist, ignorant inhabitants by appointing a black man (Cleavon Little) as sheriff — but Little enlists the help of […]

Producers, The (1968)

“Read, read! We’ve got to find the worst play ever written!” Synopsis: Unscrupulous theatrical producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) conspires with nebbishy accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) to make money by producing a guaranteed flop entitled “Springtime for Hitler”, written by a neo-Nazi (Kenneth Mars) and featuring a middle-aged hippie named LSD (Dick Shawn) as […]

Twelve Chairs, The (1970)

“Pride is a luxury that neither you nor I can afford at this time in our lives.” Synopsis: A former nobleman (Ron Moody) in the Soviet Union learns from his dying mother-in-law that she hid her family jewels in a chair, part of a set of twelve that have since been sold. With the assistance […]

Confidentially Yours (1983)

“These idiots suspect me. They want to detain me.” Synopsis: When the owner (Jean-Louis Trintignant) of a real estate agency is accused of murdering his acquaintance (Jean-Pierre Kalfon) and then his adulterous wife (Caroline Sihol), his plucky secretary (Fanny Ardant) helps him try to gather evidence proving his innocence. Genres: Amateur Sleuths Falsely Accused Francois […]