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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Franz Liebkind's "apartment" is located at 100 E. 7th St., New York, NY 10009 See more »
When going to be de Bris, the positions in elevator change, and the hand that Carmen holds his monocle changes. See more »
[Searching for the sure-fire flop]
... Max, let's call it a night. It's two in the morning; I don't know what I'm reading anymore!
Read, read! We've got to find the worst play ever written!
Ah. 'Gregor Samsa awoke one morning to discover that he had been transformed into a giant cockroach.'
It's too good.
... Wait a minute... wait a minute - I've read this play. I'm reading plays I read this morning! I can't go on! It's too much! Max, let's face it; we'll never find it!
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The closing credits show each actor's full name and their picture, but it only says "Zero" for Zero Mostel. See more »
The 4-Front UK video release omits a couple of lines from Leo Bloom's hysterical attack in Bialystock's office (with a very noticeable edit), considerably shortens the scene with Leo and Max in the bar with the drunk (most of the 'Light of the Silvery Moon' number is missing) and deletes about half of the scene where Franz attempts to blow up the theatre. All these scenes are intact on the print regularly screened by BBC-TV. See more »
This is a classic film with wonderful performances all around (although I didn't take to Dick Shawn's as much as the others). Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder were perfect casting as was Christopher Hewitt (later to be known as TV's "Mr. Belvedere"). What's even more impressive are the various elements of truth that are beneath the histerical if not obsurbed storyline. The current Broadway hit doesn't compete with this film. The performances are good on stage but not as wonderful as here. Due to long term business problems this film wasn't released for home video and cable until much later then it should have been. Outright broad comedy and silliness belong in our daily lives and this film offers them very well. EVERYONE should see this film!
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