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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 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 show and original film also won an Oscar for best screenplay and two Grammys (Best Long Form Music Video and Best Musical Show Album), making this production responsible for six of Mel Brooks' collection of eleven major awards in the entertainment industry. 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 immediately falling into a [[GetRichQuickScheme get-rich-quick scheme]]: realising that [[UsefulNotes/HollywoodAccounting the IRS never investigate the financial books of failed plays]], they plan to [[UsefulNotes/HollywoodAccounting oversell shares in a Broadway production]] by a wide margin, then [[SpringtimeForHitler deliberately produce a horrific flop]] which closes in one night, leaving them free to [[RunForTheBorder flee the country]] with the remainder of the massive initial investment.

The two schemers choose as their Broadway bomb ''SpringtimeForHitler'', a "love letter" to the [[UsefulNotes/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 from there.

!!Provides Examples Of:


[[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'' owes its roaring success to Hitler being inadvertently played for laughs.
* {{Adorkable}}: Gene Wilder, who previously played a similar role of intelligent [[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman Bernard]].
* {{Ahem}}: Leo does this while going over Max's account. When he actually switches to saying "cough, cough", Max delivers this precious insult:
-->'''Max:''' I assume you are making those cartoon noises in order to attract my attention. Am I correct in my assumption, you fish-faced enemy of the people?
* AllGermansAreNazis
* 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".
* BerserkButton:
-->'''Leo Bloom''': "My blanket! My blue blanket! Gimme back my blue blanket! AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"
** Franz Liebkind can't stand Winston Churchill.
* BilingualBonus: Ulla answers the phone with, "God dag på dig!" (Swedish for ''good day to you'').
** Combined with PunnyName: Franz Liebkind. Literal translation: Lovechild... a euphemism for ''bastard''.
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: [[BribeBackfire Averted intentionally.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Bialystock does this when he turns to the camera saying "[[TwoFacedAside This man [Leo] should be in a straightjacket.]]"
** This leads to a neat outtake in the musical film, where Max instead says the line to a statue. Nathan Lane delivers it to the camera, then realizes "That's the first one."
* BribeBackfire: Invoked by Bialystock to insult a well-respected reviewer, thus guaranteeing a bad review.
* BriefAccentImitation: Frequent with Liebkind and Ulla.
** When Liebkind does a UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill impersonation to condemn Churchill's parodic pronunciation of the word "Nazis".
-->"Nharzees, Nharzees"... it wasn't "Nharzees", it was Nazis!
* BromanticComedy: Basically what the main story of this film is, with Max teaching Leo that, as the remake puts it, "there is more to him than there is to him".
* 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.]]
* CallBack: One of the dirty games that Max plays with little old ladies is where he is a chauffeur named "Rudolpho". When Max is swimming in money, he has his own limo. The chauffeur's name is Rudolpho.
** Also Max at the end, referring to his new cast of convict-actors as "animals". (See below under TakeThat.)
* 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.
* ChewingTheScenery: Leo in the "blue blanket" scene. Also, '''FAT!'''.
* ChorusGirls: ''Springtime for Hitler'' features goose-stepping chorus girls.
* {{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.
** Lorenzo Saint Dubois is seemingly unaware of why he's nicknamed LSD, and has an acid flashback during his audition.
* {{Corpsing}}: The still inexperienced with comedy Creator/GeneWilder has declared he was struggling not to laugh, usually repressing it by reacting with shocked expressions (most noticeable at Roger De Bris' home).
* CreatorCameo: Creator/MelBrooks' voice is dubbed in for a singer in "Springtime for Hitler". Mel only sings: "Don't be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Nazi Party" for dancer Tucker Smith.
* CriticalResearchFailure: Invoked.[[invoked]]
-->'''Roger:''' Do you know I never knew the Third Reich referred to Germany!
-->'''Roger:''' We've got to do something about that whole third act -- ''(shocked)'' -- they're losing the war!
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Ulla, after Franz has taken the office by storm and Max and Leo are hiding under the desk:
-->'''Bialystock:''' ''(after being badly startled by Ulla asking if he wants coffee)'' Why don't you ask the gentleman ''with the gun'' -- the ''gentleman who is shooting at us'' -- if he'd like some coffee?
-->'''Ulla:''' ''(nods and goes off camera)'' Would you like some coffee? ''(Max {{facepalm}}s)''
-->'''Franz:''' ''(offhandedly)'' Yes, please. Black. Two sugars.
* 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.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: In-universe. This is why the audience loves the play (they think it's satire).
* DearNegativeReader: InUniverse example. Liebkind orders an audience member to stop laughing at the show, screaming, "You are the audience! I am the author! I OUTRANK you!"
* {{Dehumanization}}:
-->'''Leo Bloom:''' Actors are not animals! They're human beings!
-->'''Max Bialystock:''' They are? Have you ever eaten with one?
* DelayedOhCrap: Franz after noting "And zis IS ze quick fuse." -- ZE QUICK FUSE!?
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "This is wine, women, and song. And women."
* DespairEventHorizon: Bloom staring into space when the play is a hit.
-->'''Leo:''' Mrs. Cathcart -- 50%. Mrs. Biddlecombe -- 50%. Mrs. Wentworth -- 50%. Mrs. Resnick -- ''100%''...
* DigitalDestruction: At least on the Creator/ShoutFactory Blu-ray and DVD, the 5.1 remix replaces "Springtime for Hitler" with the soundtrack's version, resulting in the loss of some sound effects.
* DirtyOldWoman: "Hold Me, Touch Me," as well as most of Bialystock's other conquests.
* DiscoDan: A darkly comedic example in Franz Liebkind, an unrepentant Nazi who acts as if it was still the 1930's/40's and the Third Reich was still at the height of its power, speaking fondly of figures like Hitler and Goebbels as if they were still alive or in power, and trashing Allied political figures such as Winston Churchill even after they had died or were no longer relevant in current politics.
* DitzySecretary: Ulla can't type, knows little English, and spends most of her time dancing on her desk. Max clearly hired her exclusively for her looks (and is also implied to be sleeping with her).
* DontYouDarePityMe: "You have exactly ten seconds to replace that look of disgusting pity with one of enormous respect!"
* DownerEnding: InUniverse, Roger de Bris has issues with the third act.
-->'''Roger:''' That whole third act has got to go. They're losing the war. It's too ''depressing''.
* DudeNotFunny: The production's use of Hitler and WWII for comedy. Of course, that's the point. InUniverse, Max tries to invoke this and make the show flop, but instead succeeds via CrossesTheLineTwice.
* DumbBlonde: Ulla. See ComicallyMissingThePoint above for one example.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: This being Mel Brooks' first movie, it's a bit straight-forward compared to his later comedies.
* EasilyForgiven: Franz has apparently gotten over Max and Leo making a mockery of Hitler, since he helps them with ''Prisoners of Love''.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Max when looking at Ulla.
* EurekaMoment: Bialystock's face when Leo muses about his "creative accounting idea".
* EuropeansAreKinky: Ulla.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "Hold Me, Touch Me". Also, TheBartender is called "innkeeper" by Bialystock while he and Bloom celebrate the expected failure of ''SpringtimeForHitler''.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Bloom draws the line at wearing Liebkind's gift of a [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazi armband]] in public: "Look, [[AmbiguouslyJewish I'm just not wearing this arm band]]. [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules I don't care how big the deal is]]." Bialystock agrees and they pull them off and throw them in the trash with a SpitefulSpit.
* 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! ...[[DelayedOhCrap ZE QUICK FUSE!?]]
* ExplosiveStupidity: The result of using the quick fuse.
* EyeTake: The reaction shot of the audience after the opening number of "Springtime for Hitler". (They paid to see a Broadway musical titled "Springtime for Hitler"! What did they expect?)
* FirstNameBasis:
** At the park, Max suggests to Leo to call him by his first name.
** 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 [[LastNameBasis being called "Bloom"]] even when he was in kindergarten.
* 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.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** Carmen is really affected by LSD's song "Love Power" and is grasping Roger's hand romantically.
** While the audience is staring in gobsmacked horror at the play's opening number, Franz is grinning like a loon.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Subverted. A glass of water to the face just adds "I'm wet!" to the list of Leo's complaints, and slapping him makes it worse still: "I'm in pain! I'm in pain and I'm wet and I'm still hysterical!" He calms down after Max gets out of his face and smiles at him for a little bit.
* GetRichQuickScheme: What Bialystock and Bloom cook up, combining UsefulNotes/HollywoodAccounting and SpringtimeForHitler.
* GiftedlyBad: Roger de Bris. Not to mention Franz Liebkind, whose play was already terrible before de Bris got his hands on it, and LSD, a "performance artist" of the worst kind.
* GilliganCut: As the protagonists are about to be sentenced:
-->'''Max:''' And we're very sorry, and we promise never to do it again!\\
''[Cut to them locked up in prison, doing it again.]''
* GoneHorriblyRight: Max and Leo produce an extremely offensive musical, hoping that people will hate it and they can make off with the massively-oversold backing shares. The show crosses the line so thoroughly that it comes back again, and audiences find it hysterical. Max even invokes the trope outright:
-->'''Max:''' We picked the wrong play! We picked the wrong director! We picked the wrong actors! Where did we go right?
* 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: The film exists in a WorldOfHam, so this is only to be expected, but worth particular mention is the opening sequence Creator/ZeroMostel and Creator/GeneWilder's characters first meet. Bialystock goes on a screaming rampage and Bloom has a full freak-out panic attack.
* HatesBeingTouched: Leo has a panic attack, screaming "Don't touch me! Don't touch me!" when Max tries to calm him down.
* HaveAGayOldTime:
** The line during the play "Deutschland is happy and gay".
** And the play's original title is "Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgarden."
* HelloNurse: Ulla can type at the rate of about one letter a minute, but can she ever work!
* HereWeGoAgain: At the end of the movie, Leo and Max have been thrown in prison for fraud. Max is producing a new musical entitled "Prisoners of Love" with a cast selected entirely from the inmates... and Leo has already sold at least 150% of the proceeds to the prisoners and guards -- ''and the prison warden''.
* HiredForTheirLooks: Ulla can't do anything secretarial and is hired simply because she's hot.
* 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.
* IgnoreTheFanservice: As Max and Leo return to their office after the premiere of ''SpringtimeForHitler'', Ulla approaches Max in a zebra stripe bikini, and excitedly asks, "We make love?" Dejected over the failure of his ZanyScheme, Max rejects Ulla's offer, and tells her, "Go to work." She then turns on a record player and breaks out into a sexy dance, as Max trained her to do whenever he said that phrase, but he and Leo don't stick around to watch.
* ImmediateSelfContradiction: Roger complains that he's bored of musicals, all those "dopey showgirls in gooey dresses" going "two, three, kick, turn, turn, turn, kick, turn", and wants to do straight drama. He then notes that the play is depressing, and some showgirls going "two, three, kick, turn, turn, turn, kick, turn" will liven it right up.
* InformedFlaw: Roger [=DeBris=] is supposed to be "the worst director in town", but subject matter aside, he puts on one ''hell'' of a musical. The only real criticism that could be said about his directing is that the aesthetic he prefers is a bit too campy.
* InsaneTrollLogic: "If everyone had a flower instead of a gun, there would be no wars!" [[PlayedForLaughs Played for laughs]] as part of LSD's hilariously insane musical number.
* IronicName: ''The Producers'' was chosen specifically as an ironic title, given Max and Leo are really bad at this stage production thing...
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: "Jacques Lepideux... Jacques Lepideux... Jack Lapidus?"
* ItsWhatIDo: Max's conversation with his landlord early on:
-->'''Max''': How can you take the last penny out of a poor man's pocket?
-->'''Landlord''': I have to. I'm a landlord.
* JawDrop: The entire audience is seen doing it.
* JustFollowingOrders: Franz Liebkind defaults to this mode when he realizes he's been blurting out his Nazi sympathies a little too loudly:
-->[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I was never a part of ze Nazi Party!]] I vas not responsible! I vas only following orders! ''Vhy do you persecute me?!''
* LargeHam:
** Zero Mostel, full stop. Creator/RogerEbert noted that it was highlighted by not only Max stripping off his cardboard belt, but holding up to Leo and dramatically tearing it in half and throwing it on the floor.
-->'''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.
* LeavingAudience: Max and Leo ''want'' this to happen when they create ''Springtime for Hitler''. The entire audience is on the verge of doing this right after the end of the opening number. Then LSD's Hitler appears on stage...
* 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.
* MonkeyMoralityPose: Max, Leo, and "Failure" briefly form the cliche for a moment in the bar across the street during intermission.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
-->'''Franz:''' Hitler... ''there'' was a painter! He could paint an entire apartment in ONE afternoon! TWO coats!
* MsFanservice: Ulla, {{gainaxing}} -- {{stripperiffic}} dance included. Also an InnocentFanserviceGirl.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Max suggests killing the actors may be the best solution to their problem.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: The duo's efforts to profit from the biggest flop on Broadway.
* NervousWreck: Leo Bloom.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Lorenzo St. Dubois.
* NoAntagonist: The story has no antagonist. It's simply bad luck going against our {{Villain Protagonist}}s.
* NorseByNorsewest: Ulla. And her accent, which was requested specifically as "Swedish", had every Norse country thinking it was one of the other 4.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Roger De Bris was based on Creator/EdWood.
* NoIndoorVoice: Max Bialystock when he gets angry.
* OhCrap: When Max and Leo overhear the opening-night audience's reactions to ''Springtime for Hitler''.
* {{Oktoberfest}}: The play has dancers dressed up in stereotypical German lederhosen and dirndl.
* 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]]Beatnik Lorenzo St. [=DuBois=][[/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!?!''"
* PrayerOfMalice: Max theatrically calls upon God to smite his landlord. The landlord tells God not to listen, Max is crazy.
* PunnyName:
** [=DeBris=] is debris. (BilingualBonus Also points out "bris".)
** Carman Ghia is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Karmann_Ghia Karmann Ghia]]. (Andréas Voutsinas thought he was going to get tar and feathered for the role. Fortunately, he wasn't.)
* 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.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Mel Brooks based Roger [=DeBris=]' elevator on a real friend's. It, too, was tiny and could barely handle three people. And yes, he did tell people to remove their shoes before entering, too.
* RefugeInAudacity: The film itself. Creator/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."
* RevealShot: After the theater explodes, the scene switches to a bunch of old ladies weeping at what looks like a funeral service, but then the camera zooms out to show the protagonists actually are alive (if battered) and being tried at court.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Max Bialystock likes to ask rhetorical questions. It frequently doesn't go well.
** Right after Bloom meets Bialystock at the beginning of the movie:
---> '''Max Bialystock''': How dare you condemn me without knowing all the facts!\\
'''Leo Bloom''': Mr. Bialystock, I don't condemn--\\
'''Max Bialystock''': Shut up! I'm having a rhetorical conversation.
** Later:
--->'''Bialystock:''' Have I ever steered you wrong?\\
'''Franz Liebkind:''' Always.
* ARoundOfDrinksForTheHouse: Max does this while celebrating with Leo... to the delight of the one other patron currently in the bar.
* SanitySlippage: Franz was already loopy, but ''Springtime for Hitler'' makes him [[GoingPostal Go Postal]].
* SecurityBlanket: Leo keeps a bit of his baby blanket on him in his jacket pocket.
* SexyCoatFlashing: Ulla does this at one point.
* SexyDiscretionShot
* SexyPackaging \ CoversAlwaysLie: 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.
* SexyScandinavian: Ulla speaks no English and does little more than dance around and look pretty.
* SexyWalk: Ulla, and she can't help it.
* ShesGotLegs: Ulla definitely counts.
* ShootOutTheLock: Franz does this to gain access to Max's place.
* 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."
** Leo Bloom is named after the protagonist of ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}''.
** Lorenzo is wearing [[Creator/AndyWarhol a Campbell's Soup can]].
* TheSixties: Lorenzo, baby! Lorenzo St. Dubois!
* SlowClap: Beautifully subverted when the lone clapper is rounded upon by the rest of the audience.
* SoBadItsGood: InUniverse, the reason Springtime for Hitler becomes a surprise hit.
* SorryToInterrupt: Leo interrupts Max "feeling up the old lady", but Max has to prompt him to fulfill this trope.
-->'''Leo:''' Oh my God!\\
'''Max:''' You mean "oops," don't you? Just say "oops" and get out!\\
'''Leo:''' Ahahahahahahahaha...\\
'''Max:''' Not "ahahahahahahah!" "Oops"!\\
'''Leo:''' Oops! ''[slams the door]''
* SoulCrushingDeskJob: Leo Bloom dreams of being a Broadway producer, but is stuck at his job as a CPA. After meeting with Max Bialystock and being late to his job, he is lectured by his BadBoss Mr. Marks and sent to slave away over accounts like the rest of the employees. He spends the day daydreaming about being a producer, before quitting via song to put on SpringtimeForHitler. The backup chorus is even all of the other accountants singing "Unhappy, very unhappy".
-->''"I spend my life accounting''
-->''With figures and such''
-->''To what is my life amounting''
-->''it figures, not much."''
* SpitefulSpit: When Liebkind gives them Nazi armbands, Bialystock and Bloom throw them away [[AmbiguouslyJewish in evident disgust]] and spit on them.
* SpringtimeForHitler: [[invoked]]The TropeNamer. Despite trying to create a play that will be a complete and total flop, the titular producers end up creating a play that's viewed as SoBadItsGood in-universe. As such, their fraud is exposed to their creditors. Max even wonders out loud "where did we go ''right''?"
* StepThreeProfit: Subverted, in that Bialystock's six steps actually detail the route to profit.
* StockForeignName: ''Franz'' is a Stock German Name along with his pigeons named ''Otto'' and ''Hans''.
* SuddenlyShouting: Leo, prior to getting his confidence, has a tendency to scream without warning.
* StuffBlowingUp: ZE KVICK FUSE!?! (To a massive amount of kaboom.)
* StunnedSilence: The audience after the opening number of ''Springtime for Hitler''.
* 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 quick 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!"
* StylisticSuck: Max and Leo ''try'' to make pure suck and accidentally end up with SoBadItsGood hilarity instead... which is bad because success is exactly how their attempt to pull off a scam will get them caught.
* 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 [[DelayedReaction takes a few seconds for it to work]].
-->'''Franz:''' Often, often, he would say to me "Franz..." OW! [collapses]
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: And even for ''Springtime'', Roger rejects the singing Hitlers as awful even for him (such as the bald Hitler warbling a horrible rendition of "Beautiful Dreamer"). LSD is hired because 1) he's completely inappropriate, so Max and Leo want him, and 2) stirs Roger and Carmen's hearts with a sincere love song.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: "I'm in pain, and I'm wet, and I'm still hysterical!"
* ThoseWackyNazis: Franz Liebkind, as well as St. Dubois' Hitler
* TogetherInDeath: Just before Franz tries to shoot himself, he rhapsodizes about how he will soon be reunited with his Führer.
* UnbuiltTrope: The film is a {{Trope Namer|s}} for SpringtimeForHitler, but it also shows the consequences of Bialystock and Bloom making an unexpectedly successful play. Having oversold shares in the production of the play, they now have obligations they can't pay back, and face charges of fraud. [[spoiler:Finally, in a last desperate attempt to avoid responsibility, they try to blow up the theater, and that doesn't work either. Their impassioned plea in court is ignored, they are found "incredibly guilty" by the judge, and both of them go to jail.]]
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: Driven by the fact that the cabin is pretty tight for three people.
* UnwantedAssistance: Max to Leo at the trial, whose "defense" of Max begins with a [[ListOfTransgressions list of all of Max's faults]].
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Lorenzo St. Dubois's performance unravels everything.
* 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.
* WalkingOutOnTheShow: A few people walk out of ''Springtime For Hitler'' before the rest think it's a comedy.
* 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.''
* WhamLine: When Max and Leo find their guaranteed flop:
-->'''Leo''': "Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgarden." Wow!
* WhatIsThisFeeling: It's called "happiness," Leo.
* WhatTheHellHero[=/=]EvenEvilHasStandards: Leo to Max when he is contemplating [[MurderIsTheBestSolution killing the actors]] to save their necks:
-->'''Leo:''' Have you lost your mind? Actors are not animals, they're human beings!\\
'''Max:''' They are? Have you ever ''eaten'' with one?
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Lee Meredith has said that Scandinavian viewers attribute her supposedly Swedish accent to Scandinavian countries other than the ones they're from Danes say it's Swedish, Swedes say it's Norwegian, and so forth.
* 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."
* WildTake: Zero Mostel plays Max as a living cartoon. Even the opening credits freeze frame on one of his wild takes.
* WorldOfHam
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Max isn't liking the positive reviews.
* ZanyScheme: The whole plot.

[[folder: The Musical and 2005 Version]]
* AdaptationDistillation: As funny as LSD was, the hippie jokes wouldn't translate as well to a modern audience. Plus, the Roger De Bris character from the original film was rather undeveloped since they couldn't get away with as much gay humor in the 1960s. Having De Bris play Hitler solves a lot of problems and makes the later versions even funnier.
* 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 [[Film/WarGames David]] but the eternally cool [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Ferris]] and the con man [[Theatre/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."]]
** Ulla's catch-phrase "''God dag min vännen''". Technically, all words are correct, but the grammar is shot to hell. She's actually saying "''Good day my the friend''." Correct phrasing would have been "''God dag min vän''". An example that ought to have been avoidable since Creator/WillFerrell speaks enough Swedish to know the difference.
* 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 Ulla.
** 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".
* BookEnds: The 2005 movie begins and ends outside the Schubert Theater, where Max Bialystock presents a Broadway musical.
* BromanticComedy: Basically what the main story of this film is.
* TheCameo:
** [[CreatorCameo Mel Brooks]] appears at the very end telling the audience to "get out!"
** Brooks' voice is dubbed 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. They even sing a [[HakunaMatata song]] about it.
* 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''.
** Some of the things Franz believes about his beloved Führer are truly bizarre. Max and Leo mostly just go with it.
* 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?\\
* 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".'']]
* DitzySecretary: Ulla, the receptionist hired by Max. She can't type, knows little English, and spends most of her time dancing on her desk. Max clearly hired her exclusively for her looks (and is also implied to be sleeping with her). In the stage version, she becomes lead actress in the ShowWithinAShow. The ditziness is also toned down a bit in the stage show -- Ulla's definitely a bit "out there," but most of her apparent airheadedness is a result of her barely speaking English, and not being able to phrase things the way she means. There's also no signs she's actually a ''bad'' secretary/receptionist, either.
* DoubleEntendre: De Bris' song ''Keep It Gay''.
-->And so the rule is when mounting [{{beat}}] a play!
* EarnYourHappyEnding: In both the musical and its movie version, nearly everyone gets a happy ending. Examples include:
** Max [[spoiler:gets to be back on top once again and starts producing shows that are hits after ''Prisoners of Love'' goes to Broadway]].
** Leo [[spoiler:gets to be a Broadway producer working alongside Max, producing more and more smash hits]].
** Roger [=DeBris=] [[spoiler:gets to put on a smash hit Broadway musical and even star in it]]!
** After being freed with Max and Leo, Franz [[spoiler:gets to see his new musical, ''Prisoners of Love'' go to Broadway and be successful]].
* 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.]]"
** [=DeBris=]' 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: At eleven, Ulla likes to have sex.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: 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.
* ForeShadowing: During 'We Can Do It', Bloom sings to Max "You see Rio, I see jail". By the third act, Max is in jail and Bloom is in Rio... so if they were to look toward each other, what would they see?
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvct359FgVo Amusingly subverted.]]
** Played straight with Roger later on.
* GetRichQuickScheme: As in the original, Bialystock and Bloom's scheme drives the plot.
* 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 - ZCE
* HiddenDepths: It's subtle, but it's there. Ulla comes off as a bit flighty and sort of a space cadet (albeit partially because she's in a country where she barely speaks the language), but she ''did'' manage to write "When You've Got It, Flaunt It" all by herself in less than a ''day''.
* 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.
* HistoricalInJoke: Franz sends a carrier pidgeon to Argentina -- a [[ArgentinaIsNaziLand notorious haven for Nazis]] after [-WWII-].
* HopeSpot: On the opening night of ''Springtime for Hitler'', for a few minutes it looks like Leo and Max's plan worked perfectly: the audience is disgusted and offended beyond belief and even ''physically assaults the one person who claps after the opening number''. But then just as people are really starting to leave in droves, Roger as Hitler shows up, and his ridiculous appearance and mannerisms instantly convince everyone that the entire thing is a camp anti-Nazi satire, and they start laughing hysterically.
** Another is when Franz is cast as Hitler. It's hinted that, if he hadn't broken his leg, the show would have flopped as planned because he was [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously taking the bad show seriously]].
* IAmBecomingSong: 'I Wanna Be a Producer'.
* IAmSong:
** "I Wanna Be a Producer"
** 'Heil Myself' counts as well, especially with De Bris's Creator/JudyGarland monologue.
** "Keep it Gay"
** "When You got it, Flaunt it"
** In the stage version, "In Old Balverdia" shows who Franz is in about 5 seconds.
* IceCreamKoan:
-->'''Max''': There's more to you than there is to you. [mouths: ''"What the fuck?!"'']
* InTheStyleOf: "When You Got It, Flaunt It" clearly borrows a lot from {{burlesque}}.
* 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.
** "Keep it Gay" is, in part about Roger's desire to make comedies.
* 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?\\
** Franz almost all the time.
** Roger and Carmen especially in the original Broadway run and film.
* 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.]]''
** Notably averted in the stage production.
* {{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 escapes.
** "Prisoners of Love" also gets worked in at Sing Sing and [[spoiler: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!"
--> '''Max:''' Roll them in the aisles.
--> '''Ulla:''' Okie dokie, I vill try. But there's just so many of them.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles: Most productions of the musical call for a sparse cast for cast of twenty, with each member of the ensemble playing at least four swing roles. This carried over to the 2005 movies, where Jim Borstelmann plays 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 the 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!
** Max comments on Leo's singing voice.
* 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!]]"
* NoAntagonist: Just like the original.
* NorseByNorsewest: Ulla.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Max Bialystock, apparently. Anyone with any sense of humour 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".
* TheOner: Some scenes in the 2005 movie are made as these, especially in certain scenes when Max is singing. Most notable examples include the opening of ''Along Came Bialy''.
* OverlyLongGag:
** Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss... ''sss?!''
* OverlyLongName: Ulla Inga Hansen-Bensen-Janson-Tallen-Hallen-Svaden-Swanson ([[{{Lampshading}} A name that will soon be up in lights - if they can find enough bulbs]]). And that is ''just'' her first name. We don't get to hear her last name, because they "[[TakeOurWordForIt don't have the time]]" to hear it. [[spoiler:The courtroom scene briefly appears to build up towards it, [[AntiClimax only to reveal that she's married Leo and taken his last name instead]].]]
* 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, Roger De Bris's last-minute stand-in as an overly-camp Hitler 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 now gets together with (and even marries!) Leo.
* PunnyName: Roger De Bris, Carmen Ghia.
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: Roger De Bris and his entourage, particularly during "Keep It Gay".
* 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 [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting actually is somewhat temperamental]].
* ScreenToStageAdaptation: Not the first, but easily one of the most well-regarded, arguably kick-starting a trend that continued into the following decades.
* SecurityBlanket: Leo keeps a bit of his baby blanket on him in his jacket pocket.
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* SexyScandinavian: Ulla in both versions, but perhaps more so in the original.
* SexySecretary: The reason Ulla got hired.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Ulla is ''not'' shy about showing off her physical beauty. Hell, "When You've Got It, Flaunt It" is practically a love letter to this trope, with Ulla singing about how, if a girl wants to get anywhere in show business, she better be ready and willing to show some skin.
* ShoutOut:
** The ending has Bialystock and Bloom putting on several [[BlandNameProduct familiar-sounding productions]], which include: [[Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire "A Streetcar Named Murray"]]; [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_Stoops_to_Conquer "She Shtupps to Conquer"]]; [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Button_Shoes "High Button Jews"]]; [[Theatre/SouthPacific "South Passaic"]]; [[Theatre/{{Cats}} "Katz"]]; [[Theatre/{{Fame}} "Maim"]]; and [[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman "Death Of A Salesman]] -- [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers On Ice!"]]
** Going through a list of potential candidates for the worst play ever written, Bialystock comes across a synopsis for Creator/FranzKafka's ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis''. ("Nah, it's too good.") A Karmann Ghia is a model of Volkswagen. Leopold Bloom is the protagonist of Creator/JamesJoyce's novel ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}''. At one point, Max refers to Leo as "Prince Myshkin"; this is the protagonist of [[UsefulNotes/RussianRelaxing Dostoyevsky's]] novel ''Literature/TheIdiot''.
** Leo's line "When's it going to be Bloom's day?" is another reference to ''Ulysses''; in fact, according to WordOfGod, that particular scene takes place ''on'' Bloom's Day. Tom and Mel were very surprised at how many people got the joke. In the 2005 movie, a calendar in Max's office sets the scene on Bloom's Day, June 16.
** When Jason Alexander took over as Bialystock, he adlibbed in "Betrayed." Bialystock calls out {{Intermission}} and is scripted to sit down for a moment before continuing the show. Instead, Jason pulls out a playbill, flipping through it and said to the audience, "He's good, but he's no Lane." (Nathan Lane, of course, being the original player of Bialystock for the musical.)
** Nathan Lane's understudy did something similar during the original run of the play. During "intermission," he turned to an imaginary companion and said, "I like the other guy better."
** In the 2005 movie, during "I Want To Be A Producer", Leo descends a flight of stairs lit with his name. The lettering and border are identical to the ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' logo.
** The "Yiddish" which translates as "Who do you have to fuck to get a break in this town?" comes from a speech given by Creator/CharlieChaplin in ''Film/TheGreatDictator''.
** The Siegfried Oath is named for Conrad Siegfried, the BigBad of ''Series/GetSmart'', a TV show Brooks co-created with Buck Henry in the 1960s.
** Bloom reminds Bialystock that actors are not animals, which Bialystock angrily disputes. Zero Mostel was critically acclaimed for his transformation sequence, without benefit of makeup, into a rhinoceros in the play of the same name. In an inversion of this trope, Wilder would join Mostel in an ill-fated comedic movie adaptation of Rhinoceros.
** During the song "The King of Broadway", a man says "It's good to be the king", a line from ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI''.
** After the end credits of the 2005 movie, [[spoiler:Mel Brooks]] says "[[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Get out! It's over!]]".
** "Heil Myself" was taken from the Mel Brooks film ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe''.
* 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.
* SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification: The 2005 version lands on the Type 5 end of the scale (Identical Adaptation).
* 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.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Ulla.
* 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".
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: When Bialystock tells Bloom all about his plan to produce a box office bomb. Naturally, it would fail.
* UnwantedAssistance: [[invoked]]Max to Leo at the trial (whose "defense" of Max begins with a list of all of Max's faults) in both movies; Max then says it 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!!''
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/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 their necks:
-->'''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]'''\\
'''[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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