Tag Archives: Dom DeLuise

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

THE LEGEND HAD IT COMING… Six years after Spaceballs, Mel Brooks returned to his movie spoofs, this time attacking the Robin Hood legend, particularly as seen in the classic Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) is also an obvious target and Brooks finds plenty of material in other cultural phenomena; … Continue reading Robin Hood: Men in Tights

The Muppet Movie

MORE ENTERTAINING THAN HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Kermit, a frog in a Florida swamp, is persuaded by a Hollywood agent to go west and pursue a showbiz career; along the way, he meets friends and finds a dangerous enemy. The beloved felt creatures from The Muppet Show (1976-1981) delivered their first movie, a funny, chaotic meta experience … Continue reading The Muppet Movie

The Twelve Chairs

A WILD AND HILARIOUS CHASE FOR A FORTUNE IN JEWELS.  Shortly after the Russian Revolution, ex-nobleman Ippolit Vorobyaninov (Ron Moody) learns that the family jewels are hidden in a set of twelve chairs that are now scattered all around. This oft-filmed story became director Mel Brooks’s next project after The Producers (1968). Shot in Yugoslavia, … Continue reading The Twelve Chairs

History of the World – Part I

IN MEL WE TRVST. One of director Mel Brooks’s slightest comedies is an episodic look at historical events, from the dawn of man to the French Revolution. Misery is a theme; regardless of era and place, there’s always been people suffering, often Jews. As expected, Brooks turns it into comedy, as in the memorable scene … Continue reading History of the World – Part I

Fail-Safe: Be Very Afraid

IT WILL HAVE YOU SITTING ON THE BRINK OF ETERNITY! 1964 was indeed the year of the Bomb. Stanley Kubrick’s absurd Cold War comedy Dr. Strangelove, which was based on a novel by Peter George, was first released. When George found out about Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler’s novel “Fail-Safe” and its very similar theme, … Continue reading Fail-Safe: Be Very Afraid

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

WITH BURT AND DOLLY THIS MUCH FUN JUST COULDN’T BE LEGAL! Mona Stangley’s (Dolly Parton) popular and venerable Texas whorehouse is targeted by a flamboyant, moralistic TV personality (Dom DeLuise)… who also finds an enemy in the local sheriff (Burt Reynolds). The man who brought us 9 to 5 (1980) reunited with Parton for this adaptation of a … Continue reading The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Blazing Saddles: Farting By the Campfire

NEVER GIVE A SAGA AN EVEN BREAK. Most people would say that 1974 was Francis Ford Coppola’s year, as the director delivered not one but two classic films, The Godfather, Part II and The Conversation. However, I would also say that anyone who is too serious-minded to forget about Mel Brooks is truly missing something. This was the … Continue reading Blazing Saddles: Farting By the Campfire