An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom reviews Max's accounting books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop. The play which is to be their gold mine? "Springtime for Hitler."Written by
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Gene Wilder had previously starred alongside Anne Bancroft in a stage version of "Mother Courage". Wilder had become friendly through with Mel Brooks through their association with Bancroft, and Brooks realized that Wilder would make a great Leo Bloom. In June 1963, Brooks invited Wilder to spend the weekend with him and Bancroft on Fire Island, where he gave him the first thirty pages of The Producers to read. He liked it immediately, and Brooks offered him the part. Three years passed without Wilder receiving a phone call or any contact with Brooks about the film. He assumed the project was dead. Then one night, when he was performing in the play Luv, Brooks showed up in his dressing room, out of the blue, with Producer Sidney Glazier in tow. It was as if not a day had passed. "We got the money, here's the script, you're Leo Bloom", said Brooks. Wilder couldn't believe it and he burst into tears. There was just one obstacle: Zero Mostel didn't know Wilder, and wanted to meet him first. If he passed muster with Mostel, he had the part. Wilder was nervous about his first meeting with Mostel. "This huge, round, fantasy of a man came waltzing towards me", said Wilder in his 2005 autobiography "Kiss Me Like a Stranger". "My heart was pounding so loud, I thought he'd hear it. I stuck out my hand, politely, to shake his, but instead of shaking my hand, Zero pulled me into his body and gave me a giant kiss on the lips. All nervousness floated away, I gave a good reading, and was cast." See more »
In the restaurant with the violin player, the violin is obviously a prop as the strings are slack and move easily when bowed. See more »
The closing credits shows the actors full name and their picture. It only says "Zero" for Zero Mostel. See more »
The 2002 DVD release includes an alternate blow-up-the-theater sequence. Franz Leibkind stomps out "ze quick fuse" after lighting it. He then switches to electrical detonation from outside the building. This fails. When Leo, Max and Franz go back into the basement to see what went wrong, the drunk from the bar comes along. Thinking that the detonator handle is a shoeshine stand, he props his feet up on it... See more »
THE PRODUCERS might just be the funniest film ever made. It stars Zero Mostel, as a bankrupt Broadway producer, and Gene Wilder, as his emotionally-retarded accountant. Together, they figure that they could actually make more money producing a flop than a hit, so they become producers and put on "Springtime for Hitler," a sure-fire flop. However, things go horribly "right," and soon the producers find themselves in a tight spot trying to repay their investors. It is not the flop they hoped for, and they wind up in jail, with a hilarious finale.
This is Mel Brooks' masterpiece. Brooks' won an Oscar for Best Screenplay-1968-no surprise,as this is as funny a film ever to be made! The song should've won an Oscar, as it is one of the most hilarious tunes to come out of any movie.
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