Young Frankenstein (1974) Written & Directed by Mel Brooks. Writer: Gene Wilder. Based on novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley. Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments. [starring: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Gene Hackman, Kenneth Mars...].