The Producers (1967)

“Don’t be stupid, be a smarty. Come and join the Nazi party. ” – Singer

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (20 Oct 2003 and 25 May 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A Broadway producer and his new accountant think they may have discovered the secret to a surefire way to making lots of money on a new play.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have seen only once before in its entirety, yet has seen so many scenes here and there.

This is quite surprising because it seems to me that i knew most if the film based solely on the clips I’ve seen beforehand.

This was Mel Brooks’ first film and he did a spectacular job putting everything together to make us laugh nonstop the whole way through; the script, dialog, and songs are all perfectly presented and despite some of the topics discussed being not generally funny (Nazis, for instance), Brooks has a way of making it not just funny but hilarious.

The chemistry between the two leads played by Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder is amazing and they work so well off one another.

I’m used to Wilder being the funny man but he does such a wonderful job in the straight role here that he is virtually unrecognizable quite often as the Wilder we all knew and loved.

The premise here is ingenious and really makes one see how crazy the entertainment industry can be.

What’s more so is that it all comes across as being extremely genuine, as if this could (and probably has) happened.

Bottom Line – Hilarious idea by Brooks that works so well. The combination of Mostel and Wilder is perfect and they have amazing chemistry together that helps things move along on this roller coaster of fun. The jokes, delivery and lyrics to the songs are all written so perfectly and its so hard not to laugh even when dealing with the subject of Nazis.  The premise is ingenious and makes one realize how crazy the entertainment industry can be because the ideas presented here are quite sound ideas. Wilder is amazing as the straight man to Mostel’s comedian and his naivete and innocence makes us love his character even more. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Mel Brooks, “Jewish organizations at the beginning were outraged. They didn’t get the joke.” Within months of the movie’s release, Brooks received angry letters from, in his estimation, “every Rabbi in New York.” He took these very seriously. “I wrote [a reply to] every single letter I got, explaining ‘You can’t get on a soap box with Hitler. You’ve got to ridicule him.'” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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