Fun Size Review: Silent Movie (1976)

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Director Mel Brooks makes a silent movie about a director named Mel making a silent movie. Your enjoyment pretty much depends on your devotion to the Brooks brand of humor. Brooks regulars Marty Feldman and Dom DeLuise are on hand as his zany companions while the legendary Bernadette Peters plays the vamp and Sid Caesar is an ulcer-prone studio head. Tons of A-list seventies-era cameos like Burt Reynolds, James Caan and Liza Minnelli.


[toggler title=”How does it end? (click here for a spoiler)” ]Mel gets his silent movie made and it is an enormous hit, possibly reviving the genre. In real life, the movie was a minor financial disappointment and did not spur a silent rebirth. Sigh.[/toggler]

(You can read my full-length review here.)

If it were a dessert it would be:

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Cheat’s Chocolate Fudge. It tries to capture the feel of the original. Doesn’t really succeed but is tasty enough.

Availability: Silent Movie is available on DVD solo and on Blu-ray as part of The Mel Brooks Collection box set.

6 Replies to “Fun Size Review: Silent Movie (1976)”

  1. I saw this on TCM a few weeks ago. It had its moments, but the overabundance of title cards and hit-and-miss gags made my enjoyment plummet. Then again, I feel most of Brooks’ post-1974 output is really uneven.

  2. I really enjoy Mel Brook’s work (Yes, even Robin Hood: Men in Tights. I have very tight nostalgia goggles on for that one) so I may need to check this out for the sake of it. That gif of Mel Brooks and Sid Caesar just cracks me up!

  3. Fritzi, Mel Brooks can almost do no wrong! Even his occasional merely OK movies are fun for me, having been a fan of his work since I was a kid in grade school (we’re OK with poo-poo humor :-))! I appreciated your post and the difference between true silent movies and Mel’s affectionate kidding of the genre, and clearly the 1970s cast was into it. It was fun to see husband and wife team Mel and Anne Bancroft and the luminous Bernadette Peters, star of screen and Broadway! Swell job!

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