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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 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
How to succeed in show business without really trying See more (231 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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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Mel Brooks] [The Producers]This was Mel Brooks' first movie. All of Brooks's future movies make at least one reference to this one, some with bits of a musical and others by referring to Nazi Germany.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In two separate occasions, the way Max grabs/holds the blue lady's hand changes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Franz Liebkind:[runs backstage to try to stop the play]
Stagehand:Hey, what can I do for you?
Franz Liebkind:You will please be unconscious.
[hits him on the head]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Yankee Doodle DandySee more »

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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
How to succeed in show business without really trying, 7 February 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

Leave it to Leo Bloom to figure out the possibilities in having the worst show on Broadway, and yet, make a bundle by collecting a small fortune from innocent old ladies investing their savings in it. It's no wonder Max Bialystock jumps for joy upon hearing about how to really succeed in show business without really trying!

This 1968 version of Mel Brooks' "The Producers" is a much better film than the recent one unveiled at the end of 2005. We had watched the original movie some time ago and we thought it was quite funny. On second viewing though, some of the fun one had that first time, seems to have disappeared somehow. It seems inconceivable, but this time we found little to laugh about, although this version should have been the definite one because of the presence of Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder is far superior than the stars seen on the latest version.

Zero Mostel was a colossus in the New York stage. He was a man who could do anything at all and still give an honest performance to everything he did. It was Mr. Mostel's misfortune to have been blacklisted at a time where his career was at an all time high. When film work stopped, Mr. Mostel had the theater to go back. Who knows how far this actor would have gone if he hadn't been a victim of the McCarthym that ruined many lives.

Zero Mostel made a creation out of Max Bialystock. This was a man who had seen better days in his producing career days and now finds himself dodging his creditors because he doesn't have the money to pay his debts and has to rely in his stable of old ladies for living. Zero Mostel was the perfect man to play this larger than life character.

Gene Wilder, whose second film this is, showed from the beginning to be a genius in the movies. His Leo Bloom was an excellent creation and his chemistry with Zero Mostel seems to be real. The film owes a great deal of its success to Gene Wilder who acts as the straight man.

In supporting roles we see Kenneth Mars as the lunatic author of the musical. Christopher Hewett is the gay director who turns the material into a great musical. Lee Meredith makes Ulla fun to watch. Dick Shawn who plays Hitler, makes a good impression. Also some other faces in the cast, Estelle Winwood, Renee Taylor, William Hickey, Frank Campanella, Madelyn Cates, all New York based actors with long experience in the stage and screen.

Mel Brooks was going for laughs, and at times, he succeeds brilliantly.

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