Mel Brooks's first and funniest, a spoof of Broadway theater that has earned a deservedly devoted cult following. Forewarned, though, is forearmed: Zero Mostel, genius that he is, doesn't scale his performances down at all for film. The first half hour you feel you're in the presence of comedy's king. After that, you gradually begin to feel bludgeoned by shrill overkill.
Max Bialystock (Mostel) is a down-and-out but still pompous theater producer who desperately wants to regain his former glory. Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) is the meek new accountant who finds his books an utter disaster. He tells Max that the only way he will ever recover is to produce an enormous hi...