On June 6th, TCM Big Screen Classics is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Mel Brooks’ THE PRODUCERS (’68). This was the film that Gene Wilder was nominated for an Academy Award for Acting (his only Oscar nomination for Acting). It’s an absolute comedy classic by the brilliantly irreverent Mel Brooks.
Here’s the Movie Synopsis:
“I want… I want… I want everything I’ve ever seen in the movies!” Once the King of The Great White Way, Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is reduced to romancing old ladies to finance his next flop show. But when nervous accountant Leopold Bloom (Gene Wilder) surmises that more money could be made from a flop than a hit, the next step is to produce the Busby Berkeleyesque musical Springtime for Hitler and to cast stoned-out Flower Child “LSD” (Dick Shawn) in the lead. A surefire flop — or is it? Writer/director Mel Brooks nabbed an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay of 1968, while his movie skyrocketed from controversial cult comedy to Classic, now on the National Film Registry and umpteen lists of the funniest movies ever made, with Mostel & Wilder considered the greatest comedy team since Laurel & Hardy and The Marx Brothers.
Sooooo, “Don’t be stupid, be a smarty,” and grab your tickets from Fathom Events here:
Here’s the original movie trailer from 1968: