New York, 1959. Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. Things turn around when he's visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. To this end, they produce a musical called Springtime for Hitler written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. Finally, they hire as a lead actress the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (whose last name has over 15 syllables). As opening night draws near, what can go wrong? Well, there's no accounting for taste...Written by
Being the first major film shot in the new Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, New York, the crew had to endure the completion of construction. The studio was only ninety percent complete when they moved in, and there were still leaks in the roof. The crew made suggestions such as expanding make-up rooms. The suggestions were acted upon, and the crew finished with resounding success in the new stage. See more »
In the dance number with the old ladies, Bialystock and the ladies cross Fifth Avenue, which is shown as one way. Fifth Avenue did not become one way until January 14, 1966. The film takes place in 1959. See more »
Whatta ya say, Bloom?
What do I say? / Finally a chance to be a broadway producer! / What do I say? / Finally a chance to make my dreams come true, sir! / What do I say? What do I say? / Here's what I say to you, sir...
I can't do it!
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Showgirls from Bloom's dream sequence during the accounting office number dance around some of the closing credits. See more »
Imagine watching a play, but the over-the-top acting that gives an audience 50 feet away a connection to a play's actors, is painfully irritating when watching it 6 feet away on TV, or blown up on a movie screen. Bad. Bad. Very very bad , in a movie format. At least the songs, while novel, had music that was entirely forgettable. While this may have been a fine musical play (though I doubt it, and I enjoy musicals) it was irritating as a movie. The characters dialogue was not comical- simply over the top (like the acting) and bizarre - intended to be funny simply for the crude, crass degree of bizarreness.
Unless you get into watching mediocre musicals on film, I'd pass this one by.
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