Young Frankenstein (1974) Movie Poster

Goofs from Young Frankenstein (1974)

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  • As the townspeople gather to storm the castle, the clock in the town square shows 10:30. When the Inspector steps out of the building to address them, the clock over his shoulder shows 10:00 PM.
  • When the Monster is walking backwards and forwards in the neurology demonstration, it is clear that he is wearing platform shoes.
  • In the dart throwing scene, the first dart lands in a "7" space and the rest near the bull's-eye. After a cut-away, the dart in the "7" spot is missing.
  • (No doubt intentional) When playing darts, only two go out the window. Yet at least three darts are in each tire, plus others in the spare and the driver's helmet.
  • Gene Wilder barely stifles genuine laughter at several points.
  • The Monster is in two different locations on the operating table in the two shots prior to getting off the table.
  • When Frau Blucher is playing the violin to soothe the monster, her fingers stay in the same position the whole time she is playing, yet the music changes even while her fingers are in plain sight
  • The candle that operates the bookcase door appears to go out momentarily, and then comes back on, before Frankenstein and the assistant go down the passageway, but it simply got caught in a draft and dimmed completely down before coming up again - normal behavior of candles.
  • Before the monster has fully put his weight upon the see-saw, you can see Helga begin to be lifted off of her seat.
  • In the classroom Frankenstein sticks a scalpel into his leg. A thick pad is clearly visible under his trouser leg, covering the whole top of his thigh.
  • During Dr. Frankenstein's lecture, the drawing of the brainstem changes by the end of the scene.
  • When Frederick discovers the private library, one shot is a close-up of the cigar in the ashtray. In the next shot, the cigar is in Inga's hand.
  • In the opening "coffin" scene, the ruffle under the coffin flutters as the camera backs up past it.
  • When Gerhard Falkstein meets Dr. Frankenstein in his class, he refers to Baron von Frankenstein as his great-grandfather, whilst in the rest of the film he refers to him as the grandfather. However, it is stated later in the film (most notably in the deleted sequence "The Reading Of The Will"), that the Frankenstein whose will is being read is the Great-Grandfather, and the infamous Victor Frankenstein is his son, or Frederick's Grandfather.
  • As Frau Blucher frees the Monster from the operating table, she caresses the top of his head with her right hand, but in the inserted shot of the Monster's head from her POV, her hand is not there.
  • When Frankenstein first opens the door to the monster-making room, the rusted handle breaks into two pieces, but when he throws them down, only one piece can be heard hitting the floor.
  • Right before Frankenstein goes up to the top of the tower to animate the monster, you can see the monster's chest move up and down.
  • When Igor, Inga, and Dr. Frankenstein go to catch the monster for the first time, they try to inject him with a sedative. Before she injects him, she squirts a little out the top to make sure no air is in the needle, but when she sticks him with the needle, she does not inject anything. In fact, when she pulls the needle back out, she squirts more sedative onto the ground.
  • "Transylvania" in the movie is an imaginary land meant to serve as "generic horror movie setting." It is not an attempt to depict the real Transylvania.
  • In the chase scene in the woods, the Police Inspector's prosthetic arm "switches" from right to left. This was an intentional joke, much like Igor's hump.
  • When Igor enters the "Brain Depositary", there is a keyhole in the door, but no corresponding bolt is visible when the door opens.
  • In the scene where they are removing the casket from the ground, they appear under the casket to lift it out. That would be impossible to do unless they dug a huge hole with a way to get under the casket.
  • The Monster's opinion of fire changes frequently throughout the movie. Sometimes he is deathly afraid of it, at other times he sits for hours next to an open fire showing no reaction at all.
  • When Inga and Igor are turning the wheel to lift Frederick to the roof of the castle, the platform is moving faster than they are turning the wheel.
  • When Helga flies through the window of her house and lands on her bed (after the Monster sends her flying on the seesaw), you can see the string attached to her to hoist her in the air.
  • When Frederick and Inga are caught after having sex, the shot of the platform coming down from the roof is reused from when the Monster is reanimated. You can see Dr Frankenstein's legs and lab coat standing on the side of the platform as it lowers.
  • After the class is dismissed, we see Herr Falkstein get up from his seat twice.
  • When Helga lands on the bed, she is lying on the bed with no bed covers on her. When her parents enter her bedroom, she has bed covers over her.
  • In the 'Puttin' on the Ritz' number, one of the electric footlights explodes, alarming the Monster. The light however, stays entire and is still on, and it isn't clear what it is that Frederick is stamping out.
  • The fingers of Elizabeth's rings change.
  • The fourth dart thrown by Frankenstein was held backwards in his hand - thrown flights first. Probably deliberate.
  • When the criminal is being hanged, it's raining heavily. When he's buried, the gravediggers are shoveling dry, almost dusty soil onto the grave. When Frederick and Igor dig him up, the mud on their clothes and the coffin is soaking wet and water can be seen dripping down near where Frederick had been lifting. This may have been intentional for Igor's "could be raining" line.
  • In his brief opening speech to the hostile audience of scientists, Frankenstein uses the word "incredulous" when he clearly means "incredible."
  • Throughout the movie, Kemp uses his left hand to move his prosthetic right, but as the villagers are looking for the Monster through foggy forest, Kemp uses his right hand to adjust his left, complete with sound effects. Probably deliberate.
  • The first time the clock in the opening classroom scene is seen, the time on the clock is 4:06. The last time the clock is seen, which is several minutes later, the clock is still at 4:06.
  • The blind man has a lit candle on his table. Why would a blind person need a candle? Apparently just so he can scare the Monster when lighting the cigar.
  • Throughout the film, Frederick is referred to as the grandson or great grandson of Victor Frankenstein. However, Victor was a character from 1818 when the novel was first published, which would make Frederick in the 1930's Victor's great-great-great-great grandson, minimum.
  • When the policeman confronts the chained-up Creature in the jail, he pulls a cigarette from behind his ear, grabs a match and lights it. He notices the Creature doesn't like fire. When he grabs a second match to scare the Creature, it looks as if his cigarette is inexplicably back behind his ear again. But for a fraction of a second at the very start of the shot, his left hand is actually on the cigarette, putting it there.
  • As Frau Blucher escorts Inga, Igor, and Frankenstein into the castle, the horses whinny at the mention of her name. Cloris Leachman can be seen putting a hand to her mouth to stifle a laugh as the scene fades to black.
  • The only way Dr. Frankenstein could have known about the hanging in advance was if he'd actually met the condemned man on the train to Transylvania (in another deleted sequence that was a spoof on the one from the film "MAD LOVE.") This in turn would mean that Peter Boyle actually first played the convict, Rollo, in the deleted sequence.
  • In the opening credits, the clock shows Midnight, but the bell rings thirteen times before Baron Von Frankenstein's coffin opens.
  • In the dart throwing sequence, Gene Wilder's darts on the board change position between scenes after he throws his first set (presumably to make it easier for Kenneth Mars to grab them as a single bunch in the following scene)
  • When Igor is transporting Inga and Frederick to the castle, he stops for a moment and says, "there it is...home." Yet when they arrive, he knocks on the door as if he doesn't live there. It can be argued there's a lock on the door, but when they all enter, Igor simply pushes the door closed without locking it. It wouldn't make sense for Frau to lock the door when Igor's expected back with the Dr., but then leave it unlocked once everyone is inside for the night.
  • In the first town meeting, one of the villagers goes on a rant about how scientists want to rule the world. When he's done he sits down on the right side of the room. When the elder slams his gavel for order and is saying "these are very serious charges", he points to the left side of the room. (from our perspective)
  • When Igor is picking up the doctor from the train at the start of the movie, Gene Wilder is standing on the right edge of the wagon, looking in at Inga, when Igor takes off. Instead of being thrown back, or off the wagon, he pitches to the left and into the wagon.
  • When Frankenstein is throwing darts, his last dart flies backward. You can see the inspector follow it with his head then quickly looks forward and you hear a window crash from the front.
  • The angle of the ladle that the blind man uses to dish out the soup changes back and forth from 90 to 45 degrees.
  • When Frederick grabs at the door handle, it breaks into two pieces. In the next shot, the door handle is completely intact.
  • In both Young Frankenstein and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), the diary refers to changing the poles from, "plus to minus." While the symbols may resemble mathematical symbols, they actually represent positive and negative. As this error was found in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, one assumes that Mel Brooks was being faithful to the earlier films.
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