In honor of Halloween, let’s talk about Igor…no, not Ygor.
Igor is most famously known as the assistant to Dr. Frankenstein. Even though he does not appear in the original book by Mary Shelley. In the 1931 film version of Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein has a lab assistant but his name is Fritz. In the sequels to Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein (1939) and The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) instead of a hunchback named Igor, a black smith with a twisted back named Ygor appears.
In Mel Brooks‘ 1974 comedy classic, Young Frankenstein, Marty Feldman plays Igor (Eye-Gor) to Gene Wilder‘s Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Fronk-un-steen). The parody was nominated for 2 Academy Awards, one being Best Writing for Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks’ script.
~Some Igor Facts~
Marty Feldman started switching the side of his hump sub-rosa for the first few days of filming. Once the cast noticed, it was written into the script.
Igor makes a brief appearance playing the piano when Dr. Frankenstein and the monster are performing, Puttin’ on the Ritz.
Apparently, the scene when Igor tells Dr. Frankenstein to “walk this way” influenced one of the best Aerosmith songs Walk this Way! After seeing the film, they found that line so catchy and funny that they decided to name their next song after it. Now, all they needed were the lyrics…
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During the A to Z Challenge I wrote a blog post in honor of my favorite Hunchback, Quasimodo, Q : QUASIMODO “These Chains aren’t what’s holding you back, Quasimodo.”