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Writer:
Mel Brooks (written by)
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Release Date:
10 November 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Once upon a time there was a Broadway producer...who met a "creative" but timid accountant. Together they concocted the most outrageous $1,000,000 scheme in the annals of Show Biz. See more »
Plot:
Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Milestone in Film-making See more (232 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Zero Mostel ... Max Bialystock (also as Zero)

Gene Wilder ... Leo Bloom

Dick Shawn ... 'L.S.D.' - Lorenzo St. DuBois

Kenneth Mars ... Franz Liebkind

Lee Meredith ... Ulla

Christopher Hewett ... Roger De Bris
Andréas Voutsinas ... Carmen Ghia (as Andreas Voutsinas)

Estelle Winwood ... 'Hold Me Touch Me'

Renée Taylor ... Eva Braun (as Renee Taylor)
David Patch ... Goebbels

William Hickey ... The Drunk (as Bill Hickey)

Barney Martin ... Göring
Shimen Ruskin ... The Landlord
Frank Campanella ... The Bartender
Josip Elic ... Violinist
Madelyn Cates ... Concierge (as Madlyn Cates)
John Zoller ... Drama Critic
Brutus Peck ... Hot Dog Vendor
Anne Ives ... Lady
Amelie Barleon ... Lady
Lisa Kirk ... Lady (as Elsie Kirk)
Nell Harrison ... Lady
Mary Love ... Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernie Allen ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)
Rusty Blitz ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)
John Braden ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Mel Brooks ... Singer in 'Springtime for Hitler' (voice) (uncredited)
Ron Charles ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)
Mae Crane ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Theatre Audience Member (uncredited)
Michael Davis ... Production Tenor (uncredited)

Diana Eden ... Showgirl (uncredited)
David Evans ... Lead Dancer (uncredited)
Anthony Gardell ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)
Hank Garrett ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Linda Gillen ... Sax Player (uncredited)
Trent Gough ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)
Zale Kessler ... Jason Green (uncredited)
Mary Loane ... Women in Theatre; investor (uncredited)

Bill Macy ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Lore Noto ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Patrick Owens ... Theatre Orchestra Pit Conductor (uncredited)

Robert Paget ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)
Arthur Rubin ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)

Tucker Smith ... Lead Dancer (uncredited)
Clifton Steere ... Nazi in Play (uncredited)
Bud Truland ... Whiskey Sours Orderer (uncredited)

Directed by
Mel Brooks 
 
Writing credits
Mel Brooks (written by)

Produced by
Sidney Glazier .... producer
Jack Grossberg .... associate producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Morris 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Coffey (director of photography) (as Joseph Coffey)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Rosenblum 
 
Casting by
Alfa-Betty Olsen 
 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
James Dalton 
 
Costume Design by
Gene Coffin 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Porter .... production supervisor: Embassy Pictures & Universal Marion Corp.
Louis A. Stroller .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Danzig .... second assistant director
Michael Hertzberg .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Eli Aharoni .... carpenter
Shelly Bartolini .... scenic artist
Joe Williams Sr. .... construction (as Joseph Williams)
 
Sound Department
Willard W. Goodman .... production sound (as Willard Goodman)
Alan Heim .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward R. Brown .... camera operator (as Edward Brown)
Edward Engels .... set grip
Morton Novak .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Celia Bryant .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Michael Breddan .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Felix Giglio .... music supervisor
John Morris .... conductor
Frank Kulaga .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Buchman .... assistant to producer
Elinor Bunin .... title designer
Alan Johnson .... choreographer
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Connie Schoenberg .... production secretary
Betty Todd .... script supervisor
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The name "Bialystock" is taken from the Polish city with the same name, from which Mel Brooks's ancestors had come. Until the Holocaust, Bialystock had been a major Eastern European Jewish city.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In LSD's number "Love Power", his musical ensemble consists of a guitarist, keyboardist and sax player, however, the music we hear clearly has flute, bass guitar, drums and other instruments not represented, and no saxophone.See more »
Quotes:
Leo Bloom:There, there.
Franz Liebkind:[crying] Where, where?
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Soundtrack:
SPRINGTIME FOR HITLERSee more »

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42 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
A Milestone in Film-making, 20 June 2004

The DVD release of "The Producers" sends me every viewing back to 1968 when I first saw this brilliant, barrier-smashing comedy. Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder were the perfect pair to bring to life the adventures of a Broadway faded impresario, now a con man, and his neurotic, hyper, accountant accomplice.

Together they fleece old ladies, something Mostel's Max Bialystock was doing before the auditor, Max Bloom, came by to check the books. Mostel's seduction of the old, the awful and the ugly has no equal in movie physical comedy.

The scheme: put on the worst flop imaginable and when it closes virtually after opening night the two scammers snare riches: the investments they don't have to return. But if the show is a hit...

The producers' vehicle, "Springtime for Hitler," both brought audiences to a new level of appreciation for the malleable, creative power of film and...it made some viewers genuinely nervous, even upset.

Following Steve Allen's observation that a formula for comedy based on history is Tragedy+Time, director Mel Brooks brought to the screen, less than a quarter century after World War II ended, Dick Shawn as a campy fuehrer surrounded by the Nazi counterpart of the Rockettes. And Max and Leo are clearly Jewish in character if not so openly identified.

Kenneth Mars grabs laughs as the author of "Springtime for Hitler," an unreconstructed, Hitler-adoring flake who raises pigeons on the roof of a Manhattan tenement while accoutered in the odd leftovers of Wehrmacht uniforms.

When I fitted in seeing "The Producers" in its opening week I sat in the middle of an audience that was, to a certain extent, as befuddled as the film's playgoers watching the first part of the intended-to-outrage musical comedy about the Third Reich. Not only were SS uniforms, swastikas and photos of Hitler on the "stage" but the movie theater audience also digested, perhaps for the first time, a send-up of an uproarious gay couple, two real queens. One is effeminate to the core, the other is a cross-dresser (and a faultlessly garish one at that). This kind of stuff hadn't been done before in a Hollywood flick.

1968's audience had many who well-remembered World War II and some had fought in the conflict. I knew people who admitted feeling that the horrific global battle against Hitler had been trivialized by Brooks and his extroverted cast - until they could no longer hold back guffaws that segued rapidly into uncontrolled laughter.

That "The Producers" is also now a runaway Broadway hit is no surprise and I'd love to see a DVD release with Lane and Broderick. However fine they would be, it's the original that broke barriers.

The DVD has a number of worthwhile features including a fascinating "Making of..." segment. Peter Seller's short, famous encomium is read and there are the usual other additions. An outtake presenting an alternative blow-up of the "Springtime for Hitler" theater is interesting, largely because it shows how perceptive Brooks was in scrapping it for the shorter scene actually used.

"The Producers" is, in some ways, a subversive movie. Without stridently proclaiming a new aesthetic, it is exactly that and so it's a timeless classic. This is not satire about Nazism, Hitler and the Third Reich. It's treating as suitable material for slapstick and quick gags the detritus of an evil time.

But it's also a bit dated, no subject is taboo today for comedic treatment, and many who see it for the first time (as my teenage son did tonight) will enjoy the movie without getting the full impact of its assault on conventionality.

Is there any historical topic that will not, in the passage of time, be employed for pure comedy? Is it possible that the next generation will laugh at a comedy parodying Auschwitz? I hope not but I also can't be sure.

Many years ago I refused to watch "Hogan's Heroes" on TV because I personally knew former U.S. POWs. But that show, with Werner Klemperer as Colonel Klink, was very popular. "Hogan's Heroes" was to TV what "The Producers" was, and is, to film. And both made a mark that will be emulated as future generations go beyond satire to humorous treatment of matters most today consider beyond the pale of acceptability as a vehicle for laughs.

10/10

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