Our Movie of the Week this weekend is one of Mel Brooks' finest, "The Producers" from 1967. This get-rich-quick buddy comedy has been remade recently, but the original casting should not be lost in time. With a timid Gene Wilder and a borderline-grotesque Zero Mostel, the newer version cannot hold a candle.
Down and out producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), who was once the toast of Broadway, trades sexual favors with old ladies for cash contributions. Max's new accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), offhandedly muses that if Max found investors for a new production that turned into a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. The duo begins to put together the worst play possible, titled "Springtime for Hitler", with a terrible director and a hippie-freak star.