Here are about 16 minutes of scenes that were shot for the Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder 1974 classic “Young Frankenstein,” but didn’t make it into the final cut.
After watching them, you’ll understand why. The first scene is far too long and slow, while the others suffer from the cardinal sin of not being even the least bit amusing. There’s one last bit in which the cast takes a curtain call, but I’m guessing that was done with no intention of it appearing in the movie (or anywhere other than the production’s wrap party).
I’m glad Mel didn’t insist on releasing a Director’s Cut that put this stuff back in, because the only place it deserved to be was on the cutting room floor. Still, if you don’t mind spending a few more minutes with Wilder, Teri Garr, and Kenneth Mars, you might get a kick out of this.
Thanks to Jack Mellgren, a longtime reader of this site, for sending me a link to this video.