Young Frankenstein in Black and White (and Mel Brooks in Color) TONIGHT!

Have you ever remembered writing something, assumed it ran and then, when confronted with a reason to reopen it, discovered it is nowhere to be found?

Such is the case with my preview of tonight's encore presentation of Young Frankenstein that is being beamed into local theaters.

My missing preview.

I swear to goyum I wrote it up, added a poster and perhaps some video and tucked it into the Special Screenings covering this week or made it a separate Film post. Like this one now.

Alas, I just did a search and cannot find it, which means I'm losing it, am on glue or some combination of those four.

To my credit, I did write twice about the original Fathom Events screening on Oct. 12, with language along the lines of this:

Not every comedy Mel Brooks made was a classic. The same can be said of Gene Wilder. But the second two they made together (Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein) are bona-fide classics, and I would argue the first (The Producers) deserves that designation. But the best at displaying Wilder's genius writing and comedic acting is the 1974 black-and-white feature that casts him as young neurosurgeon Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronkensteen”). He reluctantly inherits his disgraced grandfather Dr. Victor von Frankenstein's castle, laboratory and humpback assistant Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore” and played by bug-eyed Marty Feldman). With the help of his hay-rolling lab assistant Inga (Teri Garr) and mysterious castle caretaker (cue the horses) Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman), Freddy follows his grandpappy's instructions to reanimate a monster (Peter Boyle). Of course, as great as Wilder is, the would-be bride of Fronkensteen (Madeline Kahn) nearly steals this picture, as she did with Blazing Saddles. 

That Fathom Events, uh, event featured a live introduction by Brooks from the 20th Century Fox lot, where he showed off Mel Brooks Blvd., the Young Frankenstein mural that was unveiled on the film's 40th anniversary and the location of the movie's original shoot.

Here's a snippet:

Tonight, you won't get that live introduction … but you will get a taped version of it before the film rolls.

Tickets are only $12.50 and the fun starts at 7 p.m. at AMC Orange 30, Century Stadium 25 in Orange, Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 andEdwards Long Beach Stadium 26. For more information or to reanimate a ticket, visit www.fathomevents.com/event/young-frankenstein

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