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THE PRODUCERS
July 24, 2013  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 4:00 a.m. ET

 

Another unqualified Mel Brooks cinematic masterpiece. This one is from 1968, and stars Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder as Bialystock and Bloom, the Broadway producer and meek accountant who team up to try, on purpose, to create the biggest flop in Broadway history, as part of a complex get-rich scheme. What an idea – and what a musical they come up with! Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars, Christopher Hewett and Lee Meredith co-star, in this movie that, decades later, inspired one of the biggest hits in Broadway history. That’s karma for you.

 
 
 
 
 
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