Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Apr 2, 2011

Mel Brooks In Person! Kenneth Mars Memorial Tribute Double Feature!

Mel Brooks stops by to pay tribute to the late actor Kenneth Mars and his two most memorable roles: Inspector Kemp in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and German ex-soldier/playwright Franz Liebkind in THE PRODUCERS. This screening is SOLD OUT!

Introduction by Mel Brooks (schedule permitting).
1974, 20th Century Fox, 105 min, USA, Dir: Mel Brooks

Director Mel Brooks’ hilariously abby-normal homage to 1930s monster movies - one of the strangest, funniest, most brilliantly conceived comedies since the heyday of the Marx Bros. Gene Wilder (who co-wrote the script) stars as Dr. Frankenstein ("That’s Frahnk-en-steen"), grandson of the famed mad scientist, struggling to breathe life into tap-dancing monster Peter Boyle with demented help from hunchback assistant Marty Feldman, lusty Teri Garr, neurotic girlfriend Madeline Kahn and Frau Blucher herself, Cloris Leachman. Kenneth Mars is outlandishly memorable as one-eyed, one-armed German Inspector Kemp, “ze leader of zis community!” "The biggest problem we had in doing YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN was that we had to do so many takes because we couldn't stop laughing." - Teri Garr.

1968, Rialto Pictures, 88 min, USA, Dir: Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks’ directorial debut is one of his finest, and it won him the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. This outrageous look at two Broadway producers - conniving con man Zero Mostel and sheepish, going-along-for-the-ride Gene Wilder (nominated for Best Supporting Actor) - deciding to get rich by selling shares in what they believe will be a guaranteed flop is certainly one of the funniest comedies of the 1960s. The pair’s production “Springtime for Hitler” (“Don’t be stupid, be a smarty! Come and join the Nazi party!”) inadvertently becomes a so-bad-it’s-good hit, and their grandiose designs on big-time wealth comically crumble. Watch for Dick Shawn as acid-casualty actor LSD, who becomes a surprise star as the jive-talking Führer, and Kenneth Mars as the humorless, ex-German soldier playwright.

Screening formats: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Sat, Apr 2, 2011 • 7:30pm