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->''The cast is great, the script is swell, but this we're tellin' you, sirs\\
It's just no go, you've got no show without [[TitleDrop The Producers!]]''

'''''The Producers''''' is a 1968 comedy film directed by Creator/MelBrooks; it stars Zero Mostel as failed Broadway producer Max Bialystock and Creator/GeneWilder as fearful accountant Leo Bloom. The film, now considered a comedy classic, launched Brooks' long film career; several decades later, he adapted it into a [[TheMusical Broadway musical]] starring Nathan Lane and Creator/MatthewBroderick (as Bialystock and Bloom, respectively) which won twelve Tony Awards (the most Tonys a Broadway production has ever received). The Broadway adaptation was itself adapted into a film in 2005 (featuring Lane and Broderick in the primary roles), but this adaptation wasn't as well-received as the original film or the Broadway production.

In all versions, the story depicts Bialystock and Bloom meeting for the first time and quickly falling into a get-rich-quick scheme: they'll oversell shares in a Broadway production by a wide margin, then deliberately produce a horrific flop which closes in one night, leaving them free to flee the country with the remainder of the massive initial investment without the IRS investigating the books.

The two schemers choose as their Broadway bomb ''SpringtimeForHitler'', a "love letter" to the [[AdolfHitler German dictator]] written by unrepentant Nazi Franz Liebkind. In the original film, their chosen director is Roger De Bris, who is [[GiftedlyBad wholly untalented]] and [[CampGay flamboyantly gay]], while Hitler is played by Lorenzo St. [=DuBois=] ("LSD"), a charismatic but seriously brain-damaged hippie. In the musical, Liebkind is chosen for the role of Hitler, but breaks his leg at the last minute and is replaced by [=DeBris=]. Bialystock and Bloom's plan culminates in a production which the opening night audience finds ''funny'' (they think it's satire), and since the play is announced to be a [[SoBadItsGood smash success]], things only go downhill for the protagonists from there.

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[[folder:The Original 1968 Version]]
* AdaptationDistillation: In-universe adapting ''Springtime For Hitler'', which was intended to be a serious piece about how awesome Hitler was, into a musical with wacky actor choices turned it from a guaranteed flop into a massive hit.
* AdolfHitlarious: ''Springtime for Hitler'' owns its roaring success to Hitler being inadvertently played for laughs.
* {{Adorkable}}: Gene Wilder, who previously played a similar role of intelligent [[DeathofaSalesman Bernard]].
* AllPartOfTheShow: Liebkind's causing a commotion in the audience and then his storming onto the stage in an effort to end the production.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Bloom and Bialystock, which tells you how much they're willing to do just to get the play produced. Both of them [[SpitefulSpit spit]] on the Nazi armbands when they throw them away.
* AmusingInjuries[=/=]BandageMummy: What the protagonists end up suffering at the end; Franz is the mummy, still wearing his Nazi helmet.
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: InUniverse, "Springtime for Hitler" is picked for this reason.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Ulla's Swedish. They're all actual Swedish words, but it's completely grammatically incorrect: the "god dag min vän" is said as "god dag min vännen", which is closer to "good day my the friend".
* BatmanGambit: Bialystock and Bloom's entire "creative accounting" scheme.
* BerserkButton:
--> "My blanket! My blue blanket! Gimme back my blue blanket! AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"
* BilingualBonus: Ulla answers the phone with, "God dag på dig!" (Swedish for ''good day to you'')
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: [[BribeBackfire Averted intentionally.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Bialystock does this when he says, "This man [Leo] should be in a straightjacket."
* BribeBackfire: Invoked by Bialystock to insult a well-respected reviewer, thus guaranteeing a bad review.
* BriefAccentImitation: Frequent with Liebkind and Ula.
** When Liebkind does a Winston Churchill impersonation to condemn Churchill's parodic pronunciation of the word "Nazis".
-->Noses, Noses... it wasn't Noses, it was Nazis!
* BromanticComedy: Basically what the main story of this film is.
* BungledSuicide: Toward the end Franz Liebkind attempts to shoot himself, but the gun fails to go off.
-->''"Boy, ven things go wrong..."''
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: ''Springtime For Hitler's'' opening, [[RefugeInAudacity complete with the dancers forming a swastika.]]
* TheCameo: Brooks' voice dubbed into the "Springtime for Hitler" number:
--->"Don't be stupid/Be a smarty/Come and join/The Nazi Party!"
* CampGay: De Bris, his assistant Carman Ghia.
* CannotTellAJoke: Roger de Bris.
-->'''Roger:''' Messieurs Bialystock and Bloom, I presume? Ha! Forgive the pun!\\
'''Leo:''' ''(aside to Max)'' What pun?\\
'''Max:''' ''(aside to Leo)'' Shut up! He thinks he's witty!
* CaptainObvious:
-->'''"Adolf":''' Hey man, you're German!\\
'''General:''' We're all Germans!\\
'''"Adolf":''' That's right! That means we cannot invade Germany! I mean, I got all my friends here!
* TheCasanova: Bialystock's impressive string of successes, albeit all with women even older than he is.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Franz Liebkind. Even aside from his blatant Nazism, he's more than a little strange. We ''first'' see him on the roof hanging out with his birds, who are apparently his friends... who he talks to. Then he attends the opening night performance of "{{Springtime for Hitler}}" wearing his Nazi helmet and what's more, he goes up on stage in the middle of the show to berate the audience for laughing at his beloved Fuhrer.
* CourtroomAntics: [[AFoolForAClient Leo]] tries to appeal to the judge's compassion and sympathy, "no harm done", the old ladies concur with an applause and Max shows a deep remorse. An uplifting music acompanies the scene, it looked like a convincing defense, [[HopeSpot right?]]... cut to the exterior of the jail where the duo is imprisoned.
* DearNegativeReader: Liebkind orders an audience member to stop laughing at the show, screaming, "You are the audience! I am the author! I OUTRANK you!"
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "This is wine, women, and song. And women."
* DirtyOldMan: Bialystock, although one of the elderly women he romances calls him a "dirty ''young'' man."
* DirtyOldWoman: "Hold Me, Touch Me," as well as most of Bialystock's other conquests.
* DontYouDarePityMe: "You have exactly ten seconds to replace that look of disgusting pity with one of enormous respect!"
* EuropeansAreKinky: Ulla.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap:
-->'''Franz:''' Ha ha ha, ja ja, you see zis? You see zis here vat I have told you? Yeah, zis is an example of smartness here. I have said that zis is ze quick fuse. Huh? And zis IS ze quick fuse.\\
'''All:''' [[MassOhCrap THE QUICK FUSE!]]
* ExplosiveStupidity: The result of using the quick fuse.
* FirstNameBasis: In Leo Bloom's "Whom Has He Hurt" speech, he says that Max Bialystock was the first to ever call him "Leo", which he finds refreshing after being called "Bloom" even when he was in kindergarten.
* FraudsAndFoolies: The whole scheme is a con.
* FruitOfTheLoon: Watch for the banana at the end of LSD's audition.
* FunWithAcronyms: "''Lorenzo'', baby! '''L'''orenzo '''S'''t. '''D'''uBois!" He even ''says'' outright that his friends call him "LSD" as a nickname.
* GiftedlyBad: Roger de Bris.
* HairTriggerTemper: In a sense -- Leo Bloom has numerous triggers but they cause him to fall ''non-violently'' to pieces. He gets better as the movie progresses.
* HamToHamCombat
* HomelessPigeonPerson: [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]]: Franz Liebkind, the crazy [[strike: ex-]]Nazi playwright. Here, the pigeons prove that he is one of the CrazyHomelessPeople beyond a reasonable doubt. Mainly because he uses them for his crazy Nazi hijinx.
* IronicEcho: When playing a sex game with "Hold Me, Touch Me", Max pretended to be a naughty chauffeur named "Rudolfo". Later, when Max is rich again, his chauffeur is named Rudolfo.
* JawDrop: The entire audience is seen doing it.
* LargeHam:
** Zero Mostel, full stop.
-->'''Max:''' Bloom, I'm drowning. Other men sail through life, Bialystock has struck a reef. Bloom, I'm going under. I'm condemned by a society that demands success when all I can offer is failure. Bloom, I'm reaching out to you. Don't send me to prison... ''(screams directly in Leo's ear)'' '''HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLP!'''
** Also, Bloom without his blanket
* LovesMeNot: This sets up a bilingual joke in the ShowWithinAShow:
-->'''Eva Braun''' ''(holding a flower)'': Er liebt mich, er liebt mich nicht, er liebt mir, er liebt mich nicht. (To Hitler) Du liebst mir nicht!\\
'''Adolf Hitler''': Hey, man... I lieb' ya, I lieb' ya, baby, I lieb' ya. Now lieb' me alone!
* MadnessMantra:
-->'''Leo:''' No way out. No way out. No way out. No way out. No way out. No way out. No way out.
* MaleGaze: Half of Ulla's screentime in the original. Also, in-universe, Leo can't glance away for a second.
* MisplacedADecimalPoint: Invoked. When begging Leo to not report his small scale embezzlement at the beginning, Max tells him he should just misplace a few decimals.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
-->'''Franz:''' Hitler... ''there'' was a painter! He could paint an entire apartment in ONE afternoon! TWO coats!
* MsFanservice: Ulla, {{gainaxing}} - stripperiffic dance included.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: The duo's efforts to profit from the biggest flop on Broadway.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The poster basically sold it as a softcore porno by including a drawing of Ulla and nothing else. No mention of it being a comedy or the premise or even Mel Brooks (who was already known as a comedy writer), just sex appeal. Not surprisingly, the film flopped.
* NorseByNorsewest: Ulla.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Max Bialystock, apparently. Anyone with any sense of humor could tell [[CrossesTheLineTwice "where he had gone right."]]
* OfficerOHara: Two of 'em.
* OlderThanTheyLook: "Hold Me, Touch Me" was played by Estelle Winwood, who lied about her age (she was 85 during filming) to get herself cast, and was surprisingly agile during the physical comedy. Considering the woman died at age 101, she was one hearty dame.
* ParallelPornTitles: At one point Max escorts a stunned, thumb-sucking Leo from a theater showing "War and Piece".
* PoesLaw: Surprisingly {{Inverted|Trope}} InUniverse -- instead of mistaking satire for the real thing, the poor choice of Hitler[[note]]The 1968 version has beatnik Lorenzo St. DuBois, the 2005 version has overly camp Roger De Bris.[[/note]] makes the audience mistake pro-Nazi propaganda for an anti-Nazi satire.
* PowderTrail: "Ahah! Zis is an example of smartness. I have said zat zis is ze kvick fuse, und zis ''is'' ze kvick fuse! ...''Ze kvick fuse!?!''"
* ReactionShot: Used to great effect during the premiere of "Springtime for Hitler". The audience is at first shocked and disgusted, while Liebkind, Max and Leo are delighted for different reasons. And then LSD comes onto the stage with his goofy Hitler and the faces of everyone begin to show an opposite reaction.
* RefugeInAudacity: The film itself. RogerEbert liked to tell a story of a time he overheard a woman confront Creator/MelBrooks in an elevator, saying, "Your film was nothing but vulgar!" Brooks responded, "Madam, my film rises below vulgarity."
* SecurityBlanket: Leo keeps a bit of his baby blanket on him in his jacket pocket.
* SexyDiscretionShot
* ShoutOut: One of the scripts Max reads in search of a flop has the opening of Kafka's ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis.'' He rejects it as "too good."
* TheSixties: Lorenzo, baby! Lorenzo St. Dubois!
* SlowClap: Beautifully subverted.
* SoBadItsGood: InUniverse, the reason Springtime For Hitler becomes a surprise hit.
* SpitefulSpit: When Liebkind gives them Nazi armbands, Bialystock and Bloom throw them away [[AmbiguouslyJewish in evident disgust]] and spit on them.
* SpringtimeForHitler: ''[[TropeNamer Obviously.]]''
* StopHelpingMe: [[invoked]]Max to Leo at the trial, whose "defense" of Max begins with a list of all of Max's faults.
* SuddenlyShouting: Leo, prior to getting his confidence, has a tendency to scream without warning.
* StupidCrooks: After Max and Leo pull their SpringtimeForHitler, they decide to blow up the theater with a little help from Franz. However, they're not sure if they used the short fuse or the long fuse for their bomb detonator, and their way of testing to find out which one they used is to ''light the fuse they already primed for the bomb''. And then they discuss how the fuse they lit is behaving like the short fuse, which wouldn't have given them enough time to leave the building. And just before that: "Don't shoot! It's the dynamite! If you shoot it, [[SarcasmMode it will get mad at us]] and blow us all up!"
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Franz starts warbling "America the Beautiful" when denying he was a Nazi.
* TakeThat:
--> '''Leo:''' Actors aren't animals; they're human beings!
--> '''Max:''' They are, huh? You ever ''eat'' with one?
** The entire concept behind ''Springtime For Hitler'' is Mel Brooks' TakeThat aimed right at [[AdolfHitlarious Hitler]] [[ThoseWackyNazis and the Nazis]].
* TapOnTheHead:
--> '''Stagehand:''' Hey! What can I do for you?
--> '''Franz:''' You will please be unconscious. (''*tap*'')
** The actors who were onstage when Franz lowered the curtain get their revenge, but thanks to his helmet it takes a few seconds for it to work.
-->'''Franz:''' Often, often, he would say to me "Franz..." OW! [collapses]
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Actually [[InvertedTrope an inversion]] of this trope, as the Hitler auditionees are rejected for being too ''good''.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: "I'm in pain, and I'm wet, and I'm still hysterical!"
* ThoseWackyNazis: Franz Liebkind, as well as St. Dubois' Hitler
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: "Now let's get out of here before they kill us!" (cue audience laughter and applause)
* VillainProtagonist: Max and Leo may be funny, but they're both trying to defraud little old ladies.
* VillainSong: The opening number of ''Springtime For Hitler'' is a cheerful paean to Nazi Germany attacking the rest of Europe.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Max considers himself one. It seems Leo only makes the situation worse.
--> '''Max:''' They come here, they all come here. ''How do they find me.''
* WhatIsThisFeeling: It's called "happiness," Leo.
* WhatTheHellHero[=/=]EvenEvilHasStandards: Leo to Max when he is contemplating killing the actors to save the neck:
-->'''Leo:''' Have you lost your mind? Actors are not animals, they're human beings!\\
'''Max:''' They are? Have you ever ''eaten'' with one?
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Roger [=DeBris=], who is supposed to be in costume as the Grand Duchess Anastasia, to which he claims that he thinks he looks more like "Tugboat Annie."
* WorldOfHam
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Max isn't liking the positive reviews.
* ZanyScheme: The whole plot.
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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal:
-->'''Roger''': This crazy Kraut is crackers! He crashed in here and crassly tried to kill us.\\
'''Carmen''': Oh, Roger, what alliteration!
* {{Adorkable}}: Matthew Broderick, who has also played the huggable [[WarGames David]] but the eternally cool [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Ferris]] and the con man [[TheMusicMan Harold]].
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: An in-universe example.
-->'''Roger De Bris:''' They're ''losing'' the war?! Ex''cuse'' me?!
* AscendedExtra: In the original movie, Ulla was in roughly two scenes and had only a few lines which were nothing more than a few single words. In the musical and the movie-version of the musical, she's a major character.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The "Good Luck" song, where Max yells "guten lachen" in his string of good luck yells. [[BilingualBonus Guten lachen roughly translates to "good laughs."]]
* AwardBaitSong: In the movie musical, Will Ferrell's soulful and heartfelt rendition of "Gutentag Hop Clop" plays over the end credits
** If the name didn't tip you off, this it is most definitely [[PlayedForLaughs more of a snark at these kinds of songs than a straight example]].
* BadBoss: Mr. Marks, Bloom's CPA boss.
--> '''Mr. Marks''': Do I smell the revolting stench of self-esteem?!
* BatmanGambit: The scheme, which hinges on the assumption everyone will hate it. Unfortunately, everyone hates it too much, causing them to see it as satire when it accidentally turns funny.
* BerserkButton:
--> "My blanket! My blue blanket! Gimme back my blue blanket! AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"
* BriefAccentImitation: Frequent with Liebkind and Ula.
** When Liebkind does a UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill impersonation to condemn Churchill's parodic pronunciation of the word "Nazis".
-->Noses, Noses... it wasn't Noses, it was Nazis!
** Also with Liebkind:
-->'''Franz''': Ze penalty for braking ze Siegfried Oath... IS DESS!\\
'''Max''': "DESS!"? ''Is that anything like death?''
** And again, when Max passes the blame to Roger de Bris:
-->'''Max''': Why don't you shoot the actors?\\
'''Franz''': Ze actors?\\
'''Max''': Yes, "ze aktahz".
* BromanticComedy: Basically what the main story of this film is.
* TheCameo:
** Mel Brooks appears at the very end telling the audience to "get out!"
** Brooks' voice dubbed is into the "Springtime for Hitler" number (it's the same line recorded for the 1968 version).
-->"Don't be stupid, be a smarty/Come and join the Nazi Party!"
* CampGay: De Bris and his team living with them, save for one just-as-over-the-top ButchLesbian.
* CannotTellAJoke: Roger de Bris.
-->'''Roger:''' Messieurs Bialystock and Bloom, I presume? Ha! Forgive the pun!\\
'''Leo:''' ''(aside to Max)'' What pun?\\
'''Max:''' ''(aside to Leo)'' Shut up! He thinks he's witty!
* TheCasanova: Bialystock's impressive string of successes, albeit all with women even older than he is.
* CastingCouch:
** Ulla benefits from it, of course, although it's only because she's attractive--no actual sex occurs.
--->'''Max:''' There is ''always a role for the producer's girlfriend!''
** This scene also lampshades his previous TheCasanova experiences.
---> '''Max:''' Just once I'd like to see a woman on that couch that's under 85.
* CloudCuckooLander: Ulla's idea of "tidying up" is to paint everything white. Including the furniture, appliances, and ''the numbers on the safe''.
* CounterpointDuet: "We Can Do It".
* DarkReprise: ''"We Can Do It/I Can't Do It"'' notably echoes when the play is a success and Bialystock and Bloom argue over the plan's failing.
** TriumphantReprise: ''[[IWantSong "I Wanna Be A Producer"]]'' returns a few times over the story arc. [[spoiler:The final appearance occurs when Leo finally earns his producer's hat.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "This is wine, women, and song. And women."
** Also:
-->'''Max''': The two cardinal rules of producing. One: ''Never put your own money in the show.''\\
'''Leo''': And two?\\
'''Max''': '''''NEVER PUT YOUR OWN MONEY IN THE SHOW!'''''
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Bialystock and Bloom are completely pardoned for the serious fraud they have committed; the reason given is their play ''"brought joy and laughter into the hearts of every murderer, rapist, and sex maniac in Sing Sing".'']]
* DoubleEntendre: De Bris' song ''Keep It Gay''.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName:
** It is claimed that Hitler's middle name was "Elizabeth."
--> "Not many people know zis, but ze Fuhrer vas descended from a long line of [[DoubleEntendre English qveens.]]"
** De Bris' name [[BrickJoke is also Elizabeth]], but he doesn't seem too embarrassed by it. It's more there so Max and Leo can do a double take.
* EuropeansAreKinky: Ulla.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex[=/=]AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted with Bloom. He's treated as a loser for wanting to wait until marriage.
* TheFifties: Set in 1958, but there aren't that many blatant period markers and AnachronismStew abounds (such as when the Village People show up during the [[HaveAGayOldTime "Keep It Gay"]] number).
* FinalLoveDuet: Subverted with "Till Him," which basically resembles a Final Love Duet, except for the fact that they're HeterosexualLifePartners.
* FirstNameBasis: In Bloom's intro to "'Till Him" speech, he says that Max was the first to ever call him "Leo" since before kindergarten.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvct359FgVo Amusingly subverted.]]
** Played straight with Roger later on.
* GiftedlyBad: Roger de Bris.
* HairTriggerTemper: In a sense -- Leo Bloom has numerous triggers but they cause him to fall ''non-violently'' to pieces. He gets better as the movie progresses.
* HamToHamCombat
* HilariousOuttakes: Good ''lord''. The reel on the DVD is a ''quarter of an hour long'' and will reduce you to tears. Apparently when Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are in the same room together they induce chronic {{corpsing}} in each other.
* IAmBecomingSong: 'I Wanna Be a Producer'.
* IAmSong:
** "I Wanna Be a Producer"
** 'Heil Myself' counts as well, especially with De Bris's JudyGarland monologue.
* IceCreamKoan:
-->'''Max''': There's more to you than there is to you. [mouths: ''"What the fuck?!"'']
* {{Irony}}: In 2011, a Dutch musical adaptation was made, running only in the largest theatres in the Netherlands. In spite of good reviews, it bombed at the box office and closed after a week. How meta is ''that''? In another meta-example the film was banned in Germany due to the NoSwastikas law and derivatives, and then subverted when the show received rave reviews after premiering in Berlin in 2009.
** That was the 1967 movie, which was first shown at a... ''Jewish'' film festival in 1976. This one, however, only ran for four weeks, though with slightly better box office returns than in Denmark.
* ItIsPronouncedTropay: When announcing an actor to audition for Hitler:
--> '''Carmen''': Jacques Lapideux? (no response) Jacques Lapideux? (no response) ''Jack Lapidus?''
* IWantSong:
** 'I Wanna Be a Producer'.
** Also 'The King of Broadway,' where Max both laments his lost glory and vows to be on top again.
* LargeHam:
** Max in "Betrayed".
-->'''Max''': Wait a minute. My name's not Alvin. That's not my life. (sobbing) ''Somebody else's life is flashing before my eyes(!)'' I'm not a hillbilly, ''I grew up in the Bronx!'' Leo's taken everything -- even my past!
** Bloom without his blue blanket.
-->'''Max''': What's that? A handkerchief?\\
'''Leo''': No, it's nothing. It's nothing\\
'''Max''': (snatching it) If it's nothing, why can't I see it?\\
'''Leo''': MY BLANKET! MY BLUE BLANKET! GIMMIE MY BLUE BLANKET!
* LastSecondWordSwap: When Max looks through his old lady photos:
-->'''Max''': Where is "Hold Me Touch Me"? [checking photos] Kiss Me Feel Me, Clinch Me Pinch Me, Lick Me Bite Me, Suck Me F--''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Ah, here she is.]]''
* {{Leitmotif}}: "I Wanna Be A Producer" and "We Can Do It" occur frequently, notably with the latter occuring [[DarkReprise grimly]] when the plan fails and the former triumphantly when [[spoiler:Leo earns his producer's hat.]]
* LighterandSofter: Both the musical and film based on it compared to the original dark comic film:
** Given how Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick treat Max and Leo they've done a wonderful job to make it work.
** Roger De Bris and his entire team, but he gets top props through his portrayal of Hitler.
** Instead of Franz, Max, and Leo trying to blow up the theater, Max and Leo get into a fight over the books, and Franz wants to get them both for breaking the "Sigfried Oath" with a pistol. Franz gets his legs broken, Max gets arrested and Leo is in a panic.
** "Prisoners of Love" also gets worked in at Sing Sing and we see it hit Broadway after Max, Leo and Franz are pardoned in TheMusical. We are also treated to the Reprise, "Leo and Max," which also has the page quote.
* LiteralMetaphor: "Quick, darling; back in the closet!"
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles: Jim Borstelmann plays four roles; Scott the choreographer, Donald Dinsmore ("The Little Wooden Boy"), one of the little old ladies and a Bavarian peasant during the Springtime For Hitler number.
* MadnessMantra:
-->'''Max:''' Look at these reviews! "A satiric masterpiece!"\\
'''Leo:''' No way out...\\
'''Max:''' "A surprise smash!"\\
'''Leo:''' No Way Out...\\
'''Max:''' "It was shocking, outrageous and insulting...AND I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!"\\
'''Leo:''' NO WAY OUT!!!
* MediumAwareness: One song in the play ("Betrayed!") has Bialystock summarizing the events of the play up until that point, including an {{Intermission}}.
** The play - Ulla: "Why Bloom go so far stage right?"
** The second movie - "Why Bloom go so far camera right?"
** At the start of the play's second act, Ulla says she painted the office white during the intermission.[[note]]Unfortunately, the joke couldn't translate to film so there she simply skips lunch.[[/note]]
** TheMovie of the musical alludes to this in credits song ''"Nothin' Like A Broadway Show"'':
-->'''Max & Leo''': Nothing like a show on Broadway!\\
'''Leo''': There's nothing like a Broadway show!\\
'''Max''': ''Till you're in movies...''\\
'''Leo''': There's nothing like a Broadway show!
* MisplacedADecimalPoint: Invoked. When begging Leo to not report his small scale embezzlement at the beginning, Max tells him he should just misplace a few decimals.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
-->'''Franz:''' Hitler... ''there'' was a painter! He could paint an entire apartment in ONE afternoon! TWO coats!
* MsFanservice: Ulla, {{gainaxing}} - stripperiffic dance included.
* TheMusical: Both in-universe and the film itself.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Bialystock's and Bloom's efforts to profit from the biggest flop on Broadway.
* NiceHat: Bialystock forbids Bloom to wear his spare black fedora because "that's a Broadway producer's hat, and you don't get to wear the Broadway producer's hat until you're a Broadway producer! [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "And you're not a Broadway producer, until you've produced a Broadway play!"]]
* NorseByNorsewest: Ulla.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Max Bialystock, apparently. Anyone with any sense of humor could tell [[CrossesTheLineTwice "where he had gone right."]]
* NotWhatItLooksLike: In the 2005 version, after "Springtime For Hitler" is a success, Bloom and Max fight over the bank account books. Roger and Carmen walk in when Bloom and Max have hit the floor, with one on top of the other, and are saying "Give it to me!" Roger remarks, "Now, ''that's'' what I call celebrating!"
* OffscreenCrash: Franz "breaking a leg".
* OverlyLongGag:
** Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss... ''sss?!''
* PerpetualTourist: Discussed. The most recent version also has Leo Bloom (temporarily) end up somewhere vaguely South American.
* PoesLaw: Surprisingly {{Inverted|Trope}} InUniverse -- instead of mistaking satire for the real thing, the poor choice of Hitler[[note]]The 1968 version has beatnik Lorenzo St. DuBois, the 2005 version has overly camp Roger De Bris.[[/note]] makes the audience mistake pro-Nazi propaganda for an anti-Nazi satire.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The role of LSD doesn't translate well in the 21st century, and that, coupled with a society more open about homosexuality, allowed Roger De Bris to get a larger (and funnier) role in the play. One critic pointed out that the LSD character could still have worked in the remake, since the story is now set in 1958 and the character in retrospect seems more like a Fifties beatnik than a NewAgeRetroHippie.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Ulla
* PunnyName: Roger De Bris, Carmen Ghia.
* QueerPeopleAreFunny
* RagingStiffie:
-->'''Ulla''': You like it?\\
'''Max''': L-- like it? I want you to know my dear that even though we're sitting down, we're giving you a ''standing ovation''.
* ReactionShot: Used to great effect during the premiere of "Springtime for Hitler". The audience is at first shocked and disgusted, while Liebkind, Max and Leo are delighted for different reasons. And then Roger De Bris comes into play with his goofy Hitler and the faces of everyone begin to show an opposite reaction.
* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: Franz Liebkind's Luger jams and fires when dropped, with great comedic timing. The classic Luger's toggle action [[AccidentallyAccurate actually is somewhat temperamental]].
* SecurityBlanket: Leo keeps a bit of his baby blanket on him in his jacket pocket.
* SexyDiscretionShot
* ShowWithinAShow: The production of "Springtime for Hitler" that is the eponym of [[SpringTimeForHitler one notable trope here on this very wiki]].
* SnakeTalk: ''"Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssss...sss?"''
* SoBadItsGood: InUniverse, the reason Springtime For Hitler becomes a surprise hit. The musical adds Roger's camp and over-the-top portrayal of Hitler to sell it as satire instead of the straight musical Franz wanted.
* StopHelpingMe: [[invoked]]Max to Leo at the trial (whose "defense" of Max begins with a list of all of Max's faults) in the both movies; Max then says again to the off-key chorus of old ladies at the trial in the musical remake.
** Also Max trying to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan calm Leo down]]; he responds to being splashed with water and being slapped by adding to his hysteria:
-->'''Leo''': [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry I'm hysterical!]]\\
'''Max''': Hold on, I'm coming! I'm coming! Take it easy!\\
[Max throws water over him]\\
'''Leo''': (several {{beat}}s) ''I'M WET! I'M WET! I'M HYSTERICAL AND I'M WET!''\\
[Max slaps him]\\
'''Leo''': (beat) I'm in pain. ''I'M IN PAIN, I'M WET AND I'M STILL HYSTERICAL!!''
* SuddenlyShouting: Leo, prior to getting his confidence, has a tendency to scream without warning.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
-->'''Franz:''' I was never a member of the Nazi Party! I only followed orders! I had nothing to do with the war! I didn't even know there was a war on! We lived at the back, near Switzerland. All we heard was yodelling... yodel le he hoo! Hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo, Yodelay, Yodelay, Yodelay''
* TakeThat:
-->'''Leo:''' Actors aren't animals; they're human beings!\\
'''Max:''' They are, huh? You ever ''eat'' with one?
** The entire concept behind ''Springtime For Hitler'' is Mel Brooks' TakeThat aimed right at [[ThoseWackyNazis Hitler and the Nazis]].
* TemptingFate: In the remake, Bialystock tells Bloom, "Nothing is going to come between us." Enter Ulla.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: "I'm in pain, and I'm wet, and I'm still hysterical!"
* ThatsAllFolks: TheStinger, quoted at the bottom of this page.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Liebkind, as well as Roger's portrayal of Hitler in the musical; it becomes UnintentionallySympathetic during a slower bit in "Heil Myself".
* TwinkleSmile: Ulla during "That Face".
* VillainSong:
** The opening number of ''Springtime For Hitler'' is a cheerful paean to Nazi Germany attacking the rest of Europe.
** There's also "Heil Myself". It may be [[LargeHam gay and over-the-top,]] but it still counts as this trope if you consider [[AdolfHitler who's technically singing the song.]]
* VillainousBreakdown:
** "Betrayed" is a song that tells of Max's, after he gets the postcard from Leo (who on Ulla's urging took her and the cash to Rio). It has a medley that begins with "I used to be the King, but now I am the fool" as he recalls the plan and sings parts of the songs involved in each step.
** "Where Did We Go Right?" had Max and Leo have one, realizing their attempt to make the biggest flop out of SpringtimeForHitler became an EpicFail as it becomes a surprise smash satire instead!
* WhatIsThisFeeling: It's an erection, Leo.
** It's either that or Malaria.
** There's pills for everything these days, so don't worry.
* WhatTheHellHero[=/=]EvenEvilHasStandards: Leo to Max when he is contemplating killing the actors to save the neck:
-->'''Leo:''' Have you lost your mind? Actors are not animals, they're human beings!\\
'''Max:''' They are? Have you ever eaten with one?
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Roger [=DeBris=], who is supposed to be in costume as the Grand Duchess Anastasia, to which he claims that he thinks he looks more like "the Chrysler Building."
* WorldOfHam: Throughout, though especially prevalent in the post-production scene:
-->'''Max''': You! You lousy fruit! ''You ruined me!''\\
'''Carmen''': You ungrateful breeder! After he stepped in and saved your little show! I can't--\\
'''[Max grabs his neclaces and chokes him]'''\\
'''Carmen''': MY CHAINS! MY ITALIAN CHAINS! MY CHAINS!\\
'''[Max cackles with laugher]'''\\
'''Franz''': '''[firing a gun in the air]''' YOU HAVE BROKEN THE SIEGFRIED OATH! YOU MUST DIE! YOU ALL MUST DIE!
* ZanyScheme: Once Max gets pointed out by Leo that he made a profit of $2,000 due to ''Funny Boy'' closing on opening night, Max gets his idea (per the musical):
-->'''Step 1:''' We find the worst play ever written.
-->'''Step 2:''' We hire the worst director in town.
-->'''Step 3:''' We raise two million dollars.
--> '''Leo:''' Two?!?
--> '''Max:''' One for me, one for you. There's a lot of little old ladies out there!
-->'''Step 4:''' We hire the worst actors in New York and open on Broadway and before you can say
-->'''Step 5:''' We close on Broadway, take our two million, and go to Rio.
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