The Ultimate Mel Brooks Movies Quiz

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Mel Brooks is the master of satire and parody, mocking everything from wild westerns to wacky space flicks. All that comedy gold has won him Tonys, Emmys, Oscars, Grammys and the right to say "It is good to be the King."

Which movie was Mel Brooks' highest-grossing box office hit?

Though "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein" both premiered in 1974, "Blazing Saddles" rode off into the sunset with $119,500,000 in ticket sales.

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Which Mel Brooks movie features an actor who later appeared on the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond"?

Seasoned actor Peter Boyle went from classic lines and lyrics like "MMMMMMM!" and "'UTTIN' ON THE 'IIIIITZ" in "Young Frankenstein" to playing Ray Barone's cranky dad, Frank, in "Everybody Loves Raymond."

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What was the first movie that Mel Brooks ever directed?

"The Critic" was Brooks' first film, created and narrated by Brooks and directed and produced by Ernest Pintoff. Though the main character constantly complains throughout an animated movie, the film won an Academy Award for Short Subjects in 1963.

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What was the first Mel Brooks movie to be performed on Broadway?

The 1968 film "The Producers" was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2000 and won 12 Tony awards. Talk about a producer!

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In which two movies did Mel Brooks co-star with his wife Anne Bancroft?

Brooks and Bancroft married in 1964 and only starred in two films together -- "Silent Movie" and "To Be or Not to Be" -- though Brooks credits Bancroft for being the driving force behind his creation of "The Producers" and "Young Frankenstein."

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How many of Mel's movies are on the American Film Institute's list of funniest American films?

Though Brooks made 11 feature films, only 3 are listed in AFI's top 100 comedies. "Blazing Saddles" rides in at no. 6, "The Producers" steps on stage at no. 11, and "Young Frankenstein" comes alive at no. 13.

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What famous movie did Spaceballs parody?

"Spaceballs" is a classic Mel Brooks parody that spoofs famous space-themed films like "Star Wars," "Star Trek," and "Alien." Plus, it's the only movie that features a space gangster named Pizza the Hutt.

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Where did Mel Brooks get his stage name?

Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky, but he was clearly a mama's boy and used his mother's maiden name, Brookman, for inspiration.

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Which actor in Mel Brooks' ensemble boasts the most performances in his films?

Though Wilder and Korman were well-known stars, DeLuise clearly dominated them with 6 appearances. The only person to outdo Dom in number of performances was Brooks himself.

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What was Mel Brooks' first job?

Mel started his career working as a tummler at various resorts in the Catskills. Tummler is a Yiddish word for master of ceremonies. Brooks was responsible for keeping the audience engaged, as he did for many years with his controversial comedies.

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"May the schwartz be with you" is a famous phrase from which movie?

"May the schwartz be with you" was a riff on the "Star Wars" phrase "May the force be with you". Too bad the joke never really took off outside of the film. There must have been a disturbance in the schwartz.

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Which movie's soundtrack launched a rap song that became a surprise dance hit in the United States?

"History of the World: Part I" is the king of creating new hit songs! Brooks recorded a rap song titled "It's Good to be the King" to parody the French revolution. Instead it caused a musical revolution when it was released as a single.

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One of Brooks' most famous characters said "A wed wose. How womantic." Which gal was it?

The German burlesque queen from "Blazing Saddles," Lili Von Shtupp, was known for her sexy way of speaking. Not to mention her gift for pushing schnitzengruben on unsuspecting suitors.

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What was Mel Brooks' first leading role?

The fun all started with Mel starring as Mel Funn in "Silent Movie."

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When did Mel Brooks get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

Getting his star was worth the wait. Though Brooks has been creating comedy since the 1950s, he finally got his spot on April 23, 2010. It is good to be the king!

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Which Mel Brooks movie got the lowest ranking by critics?

It stinks when you get panned by the critics, but "Life Stinks" wasn't the lowest-ranked film. It was a tight race and critics said they would rather kill themselves than go see "Dracula: Dead and Loving It."

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"Springtime for Hitler" was a controversial song in which film?

The show must go on and "The Producers" finally did, thanks to an independent distributor who released the 1968 film as a special attraction. Brooks' trademark satire and songs like "Springtime for Hitler" were touchy subjects. The big studios were up in arms about getting involved!

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What is Mel Brooks's favorite movie candy?

According to a 1975 interview with "Playboy", Mel's favorite treat is Raisinets! Of course, with all of the silly movies and characters he's created, you'd think it would be Goobers, right?

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Which movie inspired the title for a U2 album?

U2's sound engineer Joe O'Herlihy must have been a Mel Brooks fan. He claims the album name "Achtung, Baby!" came from a line in "The Producers" where Franz Liebkind quips "Der Führer does not say, 'Achtung, baby'."

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What was the only word spoken in "Silent Movie"?

Non was the only word uttered in the movie and oddly enough, it was spoken by the famous mime Marcel Marceau. Yep, Mel Brooks is too funny for words.

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