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OldHickory
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Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
I think she is one of the most amazing comedic geniuses to ever live. She died way too soon. And so beautiful.

Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, History of the World, Part I, Paper Moon, Clue... she was so incredibly talented.

One of my favorites was her hosting SNL and singing the Westbank Clarence “Frogman” Henry classic, “Ain’t Got No Home.”

I’m a lonely boy... ain’t got a home.


vl100butch
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
“Is it twue what they say about you people??????”


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Hooligan's Ghost
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
she was in Mixed Nuts


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drjett
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
"Well, ain't you a show dawg."

MK in Paper Moon when a dude drops his pants, and she sees his package.


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Ace Midnight
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
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I think she is one of the most amazing comedic geniuses to ever live.


Almost certainly the finest female comedic actress the industry has ever produced and it isn't even close.

And the fact she just gelled with and was perfect for Brooks' films provided the perfect vehicle.

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she was so incredibly talented.


I actually run out of superlatives for her.

All these fat, unfunny gals today talking about their vajayjays? If any of them woke up with 1/16th of Kahn's talent tomorrow, they would die from utter shock.

(ETA: As great as Gilda was, not even close. And I said "not even close" so, I'll just add - the ONLY gals in history in the same conversation with Kahn are Gracie, Lucy and Carol Burnett.)
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Arksulli
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
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All these fat, unfunny gals today talking about their vajayjays? If any of them woke up with 1/16th of Kahn's talent tomorrow, they would die from utter shock.


Her career stalled a bit in the 80s but she never lost that great talent. She was the greatest comedic actress I can remember seeing when she was in her prime in the 70s. She could do drama (she greatly preferred comedy), she could do movies, she could do sketch comedy, she could sing, and she could dance. Kahn had it all.


Ace Midnight
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
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She could do drama


By all reports, drama is easier. Folks are already attuned to struggle in their own lives, timing doesn't have to be perfect. Just have to get to sincere, believable and relatable.

Comedy - virtually everything has to click. The material, the actor's mastery of the material, chemistry, timing. If any of that is just a little off, it generally falls apart.


scrooster
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
She was a treasure in her day. We loved her .... smart, sexy and incredibly talented and you're right OldHickory, her comedic timing was brilliant.

Young Frankenstein is one of my favorite Kahn performances. Blazing Saddles too, of course. Paper Moon too.

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Napoleon
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
Trying to find the video. But Howard Stern used to have people go out and interview stars on the red carpet. He had this guy Stuttering Jon interview Madeline Kahn. He just asked her.
"Who are you again?" Her response was great. Great comedic timing.
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udtiger
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
Smart
Funny
Sexy



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Arksulli
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
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By all reports, drama is easier. Folks are already attuned to struggle in their own lives, timing doesn't have to be perfect. Just have to get to sincere, believable and relatable.


What is the old saying? Death is easy but comedy is hard?


TigerCub
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blueridgeTiger
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
I was in love with her!

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Is that a ten-gallon hat, or are you just enjoying the show?


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Tell me, schatze, is it twue what they say about the way you people are... gifted? [sound of zipper opening] Oh, it's twue. It's twue. It's twue, it's twue!

Bart:
I hate to disappoint you, ma'am, but you're suckin' on my arm!




LSUlefty
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
Mrs. White in Clue. Love that movie.


Baloo
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
I hated her. So. Much. Flames. Flames, on the side of my face...


FearlessFreep
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
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One of my favorites was her hosting SNL and singing the Westbank Clarence “Frogman” Henry classic, “Ain’t Got No Home.”
Thanks for sharing that, I hadn't seen it.

She was 52-53 in that clip. Just an amazing, talented, lovely woman.


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Arksulli
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
One of the odd things about "Young Frankenstein" is that that first cut, by all accounts, was a complete disaster. Mel Brooks supposedly got up, pounded his head against a wall for ten seconds, and then announced "the next cut will be decent, the cut after that will be good, the final cut will be great".

Which goes to show you really need everything to be clicking to deliver a classic. Brooks knew the performances and laughs were there, he just needed to separate the wheat from the chaff.

It is why I tend to get skeptical when I hear a film is doing reshoots a month or two before release. You really run the risk of not having the time to cut the best version of the movie you can.


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flvelo12
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
Loved her in just about everything. I believe my favorite was her role in High Anxiety.


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Fewer Kilometers
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
As a kid, she didn't register with me in What's Up Doc and Paper Moon. As a young teen, I was pretty dismissive of her in Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Within a few years I "got" her and appreciated how much she added to anything she was in.


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AlxTgr
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re: Let’s discuss Madeline Kahn.
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Flames. Flames, on the side of my face...



No, no, no, no, no, yes...


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