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The Producers (1967)

PG | | Comedy | 10 November 1968 (USA)
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Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Braun (as Renee Taylor)
David Patch ...
The Drunk (as Bill Hickey)
Shimen Ruskin ...
The Landlord
Frank Campanella ...
The Bartender
Josip Elic ...
Madelyn Cates ...
Concierge (as Madlyn Cates)
John Zoller ...
Drama Critic
Brutus Peck ...
Hot Dog Vendor
Anne Ives ...
Amelie Barleon ...
Lisa Kirk ...
Lady (as Elsie Kirk)
Nell Harrison ...


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 Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Release Date:

10 November 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mel Brooks' The Producers  »

Box Office


$941,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,091 (USA) (7 June 2002)


$111,866 (USA) (10 January 2003)

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Sound Mix:


(Pathécolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mel Brooks was so surprised to win the Oscar for Best Screenplay, he collected the award without a speech prepared. See more »


On opening night, the shots of people getting out of their cars show the Cort Theatre on the other side of the street. There is now no theatre across the street from the Cort but until 1969 it was Broadway's Playhouse Theater. See more »


Max Bialystock: This pin used to hold a pearl the size of your eye. Look at me now, LOOK AT ME NOW! I'm wearing a cardboard belt!
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Crazy Credits

Zero Mostel is listed in the closing credits simply as "Zero". See more »


Featured in The 100 Greatest Films (2001) See more »


Music Norman Blagman
Lyrics Herbert Hartig (as Herb Hartig)
Performed by Dick Shawn (uncredited)
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"The Fuhrer is causing a furor!"
31 March 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Broadway theatre producer, down-on-his-luck with a string of losers behind him, takes the joshing advice from his accountant to stage a sure-fire musical flop and sell off the interest in it, thereby leaving him a millionaire when the show closes after one night. Low-voltage hysteria from Oscar-winning screenwriter Mel Brooks, who also makes his debut as director. The timing is off, the scenes ramble without punch, the sets and art direction are appalling, and the opening scenes with Zero Mostel wooing different elderly women for show-money are disastrous. Oscar-nominated Gene Wilder has a very funny early scene freaking out in Mostel's office, and the auditions for their lopsided extravaganza are amusing. However, aside from the musical number "Springtime For Hitler", Brooks never quite gets the lead out. His pacing drags, and he's surely not helped by the flagging editing and overacting from just about everyone (Dick Shawn and Kenneth Mars are the worst culprits). Even though this is early-era Brooks, one is automatically inclined to cut him a wide berth for both his customary belly laughs and groaners--unfortunately, much of "The Producers" is lined with groaners, particularly in the third act after the show has opened. Later transformed into a Broadway musical and a 2005 film-adaptation of that show. ** from ****

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