The Producers

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Max and Leopold are a riotous duo. Played by Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, the characters are energetic if not exaggerated. Max is a desperate, depraved Broadway producer. Leo is a nervous, quirky accountant. In desperation to fund his productions, Max flirts with elderly ladies to hopefully be financially rewarded. He eventually earns enough to hire a secretary(Lee Meredith) whose other task is to dance in the office.  And Leo, who likes to keep a blue blanket, understands his job so well that he ill advises Max of a way to make easy money.

The idea is that by slightly increasing production costs more than necessary, and creating flops, they are able to make a profit off the leftover funds. So they concoct a plan in celebration. They buy the rights to a story called “Springtime for Hitler”, which is explained as a love letter to Hitler, from a Nazi birdman (Kenneth Mars) who wears a soldier helmet. They hire a director (Christopher Hewett) who is known for tasteless shows. And they get a hippy (Dick Shawn) for the lead role as a German.  And when they finally present their musical, there is shock in the audiences faces followed by irony. Directed and written by Mel Brooks, The Producers is a ridiculous, wild, and fun movie filled with satire through the plan of its two lead ambitious creatures.