|Mel Brooks in a still from Blazing Saddles, 1974.|
Blazing Saddles (1974) "Pardon me while I whip this out."
Young Frankenstein (1974) "Abby...Normal."
Silent Movie (1976) "Non!"
High Anxiety (1977) "Those who are tardy do not get fruit cup!"
History of the World Part I (1981) "It's good to be the king."
Spaceballs (1987) "May the schwartz be with you."
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) "Actually Scarlet is my middle name. My whole name is Will Scarlet O'Hara. We're from Georgia."
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) "I have been to many stakings - you have to know where to stand! You know, everything in life is location, location, location...."
The Producers (musical) 2001 "Will the dancing Hitlers please wait in the wings? We are only seeing singing Hitlers.
The Producers (film remake) 2005 "My blue blanket! Give me back my blue blanket!"
It's amazing to realize that Brooks has been entertaining us for over 65 years. He has no plans to stop. A musical production of Young Frankenstein is back in the news. What I find even more remarkable is the fact that the Mel Brooks on stage and film is most often the same man one finds in private life. How does he do it? Regardless, we're wishing one of the funniest men on the planet a very happy birthday.
And now, an unforgettable three minutes and twenty seconds from the film he calls his personal favorite, the 1968 production of The Producers: