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Swedish receptionist Ulla (Lee Meredith) provides cigar service to Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), while stupefied accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) observes.
Swedish receptionist Ulla (Lee Meredith) provides cigar service to Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), while stupefied accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) observes.
Identified only as
Identified only as "Hold Me Touch Me", Estelle Winwood whispers sweet nothings into the ear of once-great Broadway producer Zero Mostel.
Personal assistant and hairdresser Carmen Ghia (Andréas Voutsinas) stands by as Max (Zero Mostel) Leo (Gene Wilder) meet director Roger De Bris (Christopher Hewett).
Personal assistant and hairdresser Carmen Ghia (Andréas Voutsinas) stands by as Max (Zero Mostel) Leo (Gene Wilder) meet director Roger De Bris (Christopher Hewett).
Festive showgirls accompany a singing storm trooper in the opening act of
Festive showgirls accompany a singing storm trooper in the opening act of "Springtime for Hitler".
Lorenzo St. DuBois, aka L.S.D. (Dick Shawn) plays groovy Führer serenading Eva Braun (Renée Taylor).
Lorenzo St. DuBois, aka L.S.D. (Dick Shawn) plays groovy Führer serenading Eva Braun (Renée Taylor).
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Audience reaction to "Springtime for Hitler".

Thumbnail for The Producers (1967) The Producers (1967)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 84
Notable as: Musical comedy, Award-Winning WorkGenre: LGBT, Parody, Musical, Musical comedy, Comedy, SatireNarrative location: New York CityRuntime: 88 - 90 minutesLanguage: English, GermanCountry: United StatesFilming location: New York CityDirector: Mel BrooksScreenwriter: Mel BrooksMusic: John MorrisStars: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Dick Shawn, Estelle Winwood, Renée Taylor, Christopher Hewett, William Hickey, Andreas Voutsinas, Barney Martin, Lee MeredithProducer: Sidney GlazierAwards won: Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Mel Brooks)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Gene Wilder)Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy cult classic musical film written and directed by Mel Brooks. The film is set in the late 1960s and it tells the story of a theatrical producer and an accountant who want to produce a sure-fire Broadway flop. They take more money from investors than they can repay and plan to abscond to Brazil as soon as the play closes, only to see the plan improbably go awry when the show turns out to be a hit. The film stars Zero Mostel as Max Bialystock, the producer, and Gene Wilder as Leo Bloom, the accountant, and features Dick Shawn as L.S.D., the actor who ends up playing the lead in the musical within the movie, and Kenneth Mars as the former Nazi soldier and playwright, Franz Liebkind. The Producers was the first film directed by Mel Brooks. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Decades later, it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry and placed 11th on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list. The film was later remade successfully by Brooks as an acclaimed Broadway stage musical which itself was adapted as a film.


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