Madeleine Kahn (1942-1999), baby. She was gorgeous and she was deeply, DEEPLY funny. Note that I am literally sitting on my hands in order to not include any of her fabulous work with The Muppets.
Paper Moon (1973)
A con man is stuck with a precocious young girl who may or may not be his daughter, on a road trip through the Depression-era midwest. Kahn plays Miss Trixie, an exotic dancer at a carnival, who connects with the two.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Mel Brooks’s Old West-set satire against racism. Kahn plays Lili von Shtupp, a German seductress-for-hire.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
I never think of this movie as period — it just seems to 1970s in its costumes! But I know y’all will kill me if I leave it out. Kahn plays socialite Elizabeth, fiance of Dr. FrankenSTEEN.
At Long Last Love (1975)
A musical comedy also starring Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd.
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975)
Gene Wilder as Sherlock Holmes — I definitely want to see this! Kahn plays Jenny, a music-hall performer.
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1975)
1930s-era spoof on Hollywood dog Rin Tin Tin.
The Cheap Detective (1978)
A satire on 1940s detective movies.
Wholly Moses! (1980)
A Biblical spoof starring Dudley Moore.
History of the World: Part I (1981)
Mel Brooks’ comic genius, which I enjoyed but didn’t think the costumes were really worthy of review! Kahn’s role is THE BEST PART: Empress Nympho chooses from a line-up of penises, singing “no” or “yes” depending on whether they’re worthy of a shag.
Comedy spoof on pirate films, also starring David Bowie!
City Heat (1984)
Taking a total turn away from comedy, this is a 1930s-era crime film with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds.
A cult classic based on the board game, Kahn plays Mrs. White, who has the one and only funny line in (as much of) the entire film (that I could get through. A more detailed review is forthcoming).
Playing an actress in one episode of this Anne of Green Gables series. Huh.
Lucky Luke (1992)
A comedic TV series based in the Old West. Kahn plays “Esmerelda,” and the head necklaces are strong with this one.
Oliver Stone’s biopic of former President Richard Nixon. Kahn plays Martha Beall Mitchell, wife of the attorney general. Really?
What’s your favorite of Madeline Kahn’s historical roles?