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THE PRODUCERS
February 28, 2013  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 10:00 p.m. ET

 
Mel Brooks wrote and directed this 1968 comic masterpiece, which he turned, eventually, into a Broadway musical masterpiece. But even without the rest of the songs added for the stage, the music and comedy in this version of The Producers are super-high on the hilarity meter. Zero Moster and Gene Wilder are brilliant as the scheming producers in question, and the intentionally awful musical they mount – Springtime for Hitler – is so good at being so bad, maybe it, too, should be spun off as a full-length stage musical.
 
 
 
 
 
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