Thursday, February 17, 2011

"Un riot ist un ungly tink"

After I learned about the death this week of KENNETH MARS, I knew I had to watch "YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN."
I watched the 1974 MEL BROOKS' classic last night on DVD.

Mars played Inspector Kemp, the authority figure with the wooden right arm, the tendency to cheat at darts and the accent so thick most of the villagers fail to understand him.

"Vee had better confeerm de fect dat yunk Frankenshtein iss indeed vallowing een ees gandfadda;s vootshtaps."


Mars was among a stellar cast, including Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr.

Behind the scenes, Mars provided his voice to numerous cartoons. You might also remember Mars as the helmet-wearing playwright Franz Liebkind in "The Producers" or as Otto in "Malcolm in the Middle."

Mars was 74. He was a funny man, and will be missed.


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