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Mel Brooks (written by)
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Release Date:
10 November 1968 (USA) See more »
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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:
Before Broadway, There Was The Movie See more (234 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:
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The way de Bris' hand is on Leo's shoulder changes.See more »
Quotes:
Ulla:Goddag på dig!
Leo Bloom:Uh, I beg your pardon?
Ulla:Goddag på dig!
Leo Bloom:Ah, gut da! Max, have you gone mad? A receptionist who can't speak English? What will people say?
Max Bialystock:They'll say, "A wuma wa wa wa wa!"
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
WE'RE PRISONERS OF LOVESee more »

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59 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Before Broadway, There Was The Movie, 13 December 2001
Author: Gazzer-2 from USA

A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer, Max Biolystock (Zero Mostel), is reduced to funding his shows by romancing old ladies for cash. Enter neurotic accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), arriving at Biolystock's apartment to do his books. Upon discovering that Biolystock had extorted $2000.00 from his last Broadway flop, Bloom, simply on a whim, mentions to Biolystock that he could've made a fortune on the flop if he'd only gotten more money from the old ladies. Needless to say, this revelation gets Max's mind working---get the old ladies to invest $1,000,000 on what Biolystock knows will be a surefire flop, then run off with the excess cash! Max convinces the gullible Leo to join him on the scheme, and off the two men go, on a crusade to produce the biggest disaster Broadway has ever seen. They come across a god-awful work written by a former Nazi (Kenneth Mars) called "Springtime For Hitler," and decide to produce it. If it's a flop, Max & Leo will become rich. But if it's a hit, they'll go to jail....

If you're one of the infinite many who've been unable to secure any of those scorching-hot tickets to Mel Brooks' current Broadway phenomenon, "The Producers," there's always this, the original 1968 movie version to watch & enjoy. This Oscar-winner for Best Screenplay is a comedy classic, and easily Mel Brooks' masterpiece, a brilliantly funny film that hasn't aged a bit. Zero Mostel & Gene Wilder are hilarious & perfectly cast as the con-artist producers, with terrific chemistry between them (just their opening scene together, including the great bits about Leo's blue blanket, and Leo terrified of being jumped on by Max, is already one of the great filmed moments of comic acting). Kudos all around to the rest of the cast, too: Kenneth Mars as the deranged Nazi playwright of "Springtime For Hitler," Christopher Hewett as the no-talent gay director who only makes "Springtime" even more misguided than it already is, Dick Shawn in an outrageous performance as L.S.D., the hippie ham who lands the coveted role of Hitler (his audition song, "Love Power," is a major highlight), and the gorgeous Lee Meredith as Ulla, Max & Leo's dimwitted secretary. And then there's the "Springtime For Hitler" production number itself---yes, it's everything you've ever heard about it, a wonderfully hysterical "you gotta see it to believe it" moment in film comedy.

Mel Brooks' direction is spot on, and his hysterical screen writing here has never been better (though his co-writing with Gene Wilder on "Young Frankenstein" comes close). His Oscar win for the screenplay was very well deserved, indeed. "The Producers" is a timeless comedy classic, and the defining moment of Mel Brooks' long illustrious film career.

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