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''Silent Movie'' is a 1976 comedy directed by Creator/MelBrooks. Advertised as "the first [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin silent film]] in [[Film/ModernTimes forty years]]", its AllStarCast includes Brooks himself, Creator/DomDeLuise, Creator/MartyFeldman, Creator/SidCaesar, Creator/AnneBancroft, Creator/LizaMinnelli, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/MarcelMarceau and Creator/PaulNewman.

It tells the story of [[RecursiveReality director Mel Funn, attempting, with the help of his friends Dom Bell and Marty Eggs,]] [[PostModernism to direct the first silent film in forty years, by hiring]] [[AsHimself stars Anne Bancroft, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Marcel Marceau and Paul Newman to play in it]], in order to prevent [[RealitySubtext a hostile takeover on his producer's company, Big Pictures Studio, by the evil conglomerate]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Engulf & Devour.]] [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity and over the top]] {{Slapstick}} [[HilarityEnsues ensue]].

The movie officially holds the [[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness World Record]] as the sound film with the least spoken dialogue-- a single one-syllable word, produced at the funniest possible moment from the least likely person. Let's just say, the whole movie may or may not be just an elaborate and clever setup to [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the funniest verbal joke involving a famous French mime ever]].

Unrelated to ''Film/ScaryMovie'' or the Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg "Movie Movies", although the naming convention is broadly similar. For the medium this film tips its hat to, see Main/SilentMovie.

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!!This Film Provides Examples Of:

* AdamWesting: Most of the celebrities portray over the top versions of themselves. Burt Reynolds is a complete narcissist who has a mirror he stares at in the shower and winks at. Paul Newman is ready to race against anyone despite being in a wheelchair.
* TheAlcoholic: Mel was a brilliant filmmaker until his drinking problem caused his career to crash and burn. Now sobered up, he's trying to pitch his silent movie idea to get back in the business again. At one point in the film he falls OffTheWagon.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Ha ha! Ashtrays INSIDE by the elevators IN A HOSPITAL! That's funny! Actually, what's funny is that ''wasn't a joke'' - it was standard [[EverybodySmokes realistic set dressing for a hospital set in the 1970's]].
* AsideGlance: Burt Reynolds does this when confronted by Funn, Bell, and Eggs in the old TotemPoleTrench guise.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: For a gag--"This was a true story."
* BilingualBonus: If you can lip read.
* BigEater: The fact that people are buying the giant chocolate bars and trash cans full of popcorn at the theater.
* BigNo: The only spoken line of the film. Also silently given by Marty when Mel [[OffTheWagon is reaching for a bottle of liquor]]. Mel responds with a BigYes.
* CakeToppers: The fantasy-segue into a gown-and-tails dance number atop a wedding cake.
* TheCameo: Besides the big movie star cameos, other parts are filled with old comedians like Harry Ritz, Charlie Callas, and legendary Borscht Belt standup Henny Youngman (the "there's a fly in my soup" guy).
* CelebrityParadox: The movie theater has a poster for ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', starring Marty Feldman.
** Anne Bancroft stars as herself, but doesn't seem to comment on how much Mel Funn looks like her husband.
* ChekhovsGun: A faulty Coca-Cola vending machine which is later used as an improvised grenade launcher.
** Showing the steam roller before the TotemPoleTrench guise.
* CloudCuckoolander: Marty. Unusual because he's also a CasanovaWannabe.
* ClownCar: In the hospital Marty is swept away by about 60 doctors and nurse getting off a small elevator.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Over the phone, Mel Funn pitches his silent movie to Marcel Marceau and asks if he'll be in it. Marceau gives an emphatic ''"Non!"'' and immediately hangs up. The others ask Funn what Marceau said, and Funn replies, "I don't speak French."
* DistractedByTheSexy: Vilma buys time for Mel and his friends to recover the stolen movie by doing her sexy dance routine in front of the people who had come for the screening.
* DrosteImage: When the newspaper vendor is wiped out by a bundle, a headline says "Newspaper Vendor Struck Down By Bundle Of Papers Again", and the picture shows...that same paper, with that same headline.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* FemmeFatale: Vilma Kaplan was hired by Engulf & Devour to seduce Mel. She gets a SexFaceTurn and falls in love with him, though.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent
* FunWithSubtitles: The DVD has separate audio tracks for English, French and Spanish, and subtitles.
--> [No Audible Dialog]
--> [No Audible Dialog Continues]
** Also, the text dialogue shown on-screen doesn't always match what the actor is mouthing. See GettingCrapPastTheRadar for just one example of this.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Let's just say that if this movie was made today, it would probably not get away with a PG rating, especially since PG-13 is now a rating.
** When a title card says "You bad boy", Mel Brooks is obviously saying "You son of a bitch".
* GiganticGulp: Mel Funn at one point drinks from a bottle of whiskey almost as big as he is.
** "[[Film/BenHur1959 Truly he is the king of the winos!]]"
* GroinAttack: When Dom Bell tries to stop the soda can from exiting out either side of the vending machine.
--> "It ''is'' the real thing!"
* HeartBeatsOutOfChest: Spoofed when Mel sees his girlfriend perform on stage, because it's actually some kind of frog in his jacket.
* HelloNurse: Creator/BernadettePeters. Yummy.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: After being driven off the wagon, Brooks is actually able to lift Marty Feldman into the air when the latter tries to stop him.
** Although we later see the bottles he drinks from, which contain dozens of gallons and must weigh hundreds of pounds, so he might just have AddictionPowered super-strength.
* IdeaBulb: With a real light bulb.
* JumpingOnAGrenade: Mr Engulf's right hand man jumps on an unexploded can of Coca-Cola to protect his boss.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When meditating on how it will be difficult to get the studio to approve a silent movie.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: Over a still photo of New York City, the orchestra plays "San Francisco," only to have the conductor (famous movie maestro Lionel Newman) cue them out, instruments trailing off in the process. With a tap of his baton, the orchestra switches to "We'll Have Manhattan."
* MacGuffin: The movie. The whole film is about the pre-production and first screening of the titular SilentMovie, but at no point is any actual scene from the movie shown, either in shooting or in screening, so the only thing the audience ever learns about the movie is that it's silent. Unless one believes that the reason the film claims to be a true story is because we're watching a movie about the making of the very movie we're watching.
* MistakenForGay: Funn, Eggs, and Bell are subjected to this twice by the same duo of women. That said, they were essentially dry humping each other in public the first time.
--> Fags!
* MsFanservice: Bernadette Peters as Vilma Kaplan.
* MurphysBed: Various gags during the motel scene; the trope is also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by a sign at the motel itself.
-->Featuring Murphy Beds: Charming to the unsophisticated.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Averted; not only do the various celebrities in the movie cameo [[AsHimself as themselves]], but they are portrayed in a caustically self-parodying way; Burt Reynolds in particular is presented has an immense {{Narcissist}}, who stops before mirrors to strike poses and has a ''giant billboard with his name and photo on his house''.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The only copy of the movie is the one which is to be shown at the preview, so when the BigBad steals it, it leads to TheChase and the FinalBattle.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Bernadette Peters again.
* OffTheChart: The line tracking Big Picture's profits has dropped off the chart and onto the couch below. This is why they were in danger of a hostile takeover from Engulf & Devour.
* OffTheWagon: Mel does a spectacular plunge off the wagon after finding out that Vilma is a spy.
* OverlyPreparedGag: The ''entire film'' may or may not have been a huge set up to have [[spoiler: Marcel Marceau, the world's most famous mime, give the only line of spoken dialogue in an otherwise dialogue-free film]].
* ParodyName: Engulf & Devour is named for Gulf + Western, which had bought Paramount Pictures a decade prior.
* PinPullingTeeth: Mel uses this on a can of Coke during the Coke Machine Mortar section of the finale. The soda can actually functions like a grenade instead of just spraying soda all over Mel's face.
* PunnyName: Dom [=DeLouise=]'s character is named "Dom Bell" ("dumbell").
* RunningGag: That poor newspaper vendor.
* ShowerScene: Mel and his friends first attempt to recruit Burt Reynolds for the film by sneaking into his house, walking in on him while he's showering, and helping him lather up. This unsurprisingly causes Burt to freak out.
* SilenceIsGolden: Of course. The first major SilentMovie release since ''Film/ModernTimes'' in 1936, and the last until ''TheArtist'' in 2011.
* SilentMovie: Not only is it named that, it (almost) is one.
* ASimplePlan / ZanyScheme: Parodied; the absurd strategies Mel and his friends use to contact the stars and get them to play in the movie always work. When they use a straight approach, it always fails.
** Though it appears that Burt Reynolds at least only agrees to do the film so they'll stop bugging him.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: When the Engulf & Devour boardmembers are shown a photograph of Bernadette Peters (again, Yummy), as the woman who would be sent to seduce Funn, the table they're sitting at rises several inches.
* SquashedFlat: The [[ChekhovsGun steamroller]] outside Burt Reynolds' house runs over the TotemPoleTrench, but the middle guy had already escaped. This causes the driver to faint.
* TakeThat: The company "Engulf and Devour" is a jab at Gulf+Western, a conglomerate which at the time owned ParamountPictures. (Unsurprisingly, Paramount ''didn't'' do ''Silent Movie''.)
* TemptingFate: The Studio Chief, when he initially rejects Funn's movie idea.
-->'''Studio Chief''': Don't you know that slapstick is '''DEAD?!'''
-->''*The chief immediately slips, falls under his desk, and is propelled by his chair into an object on the other side of the room*''
* TitleDrop: All over the place. After all, it is about [[Creator/MelBrooks Mel Broo..]] I mean, [[TheDanza Mel Funn,]] trying to make a silent movie.
* ToiletHumor: While riding a carousel, Vilma's horse takes a crap. [[FridgeBrilliance It poops out toy wooden blocks.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], as not only the characters do notice the numerous {{Funny Background Event}}s, but they clearly show signs of being surprised and bemused by what they see.
* VanityLicensePlate: Mel's simply says "FUNN".
* VengefulVendingMachine: The three protagonists encounter a Coca Cola vending machine that fires out cans of soda like grenades. They later use it as a weapon against the {{villains}}.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: A rather disturbing male version of this trope when Marty pulls a wad of cash out of his underwear.
--> '''Mel Funn:''' You need to get a wallet.
* VideoCredits: For the celebrity cameos only.
* VisualPun: The prime source of most of the humor outside of pure {{Slapstick}}. Of note are the "they're gonna flip!" and sneak preview scenes.
* WackyRacing: With electric wheelchairs, in a hospital.
* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: Eggs and Bell are clearly part of Funn's ProductionPosse, but since the actual filming of the movie is never shown, they are never depicted doing their jobs, whatever they are.
* WheelChairAntics: Mel and his boys are pursuing PaulNewman through a hospital Newman's in. All chairs are motorized, but only Newman actually needs his.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: Banner headlines whenever Funn signs an actor for his movie. With secondary headlines over the newspaper saleman getting hit with the paper bundles... again.
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