Max Bialystock is a theatrical producer who sweet-talks rich old women to get them to invest in his Broadway plays. Then he meets Leo Bloom, who innocently realizes that if Max were to get a lot of money to invest in play which was a guaranteed flop, that they would be rich. The two then proceed to find the worst play ever written, obtain a large number of investors, hire a lead actor and director with absolutely no talent, and then sit back to wait for the bad reviews. The plan is faultless.....at least they think so...
This film won an Oscar for Best Writing, Story, and Screenplay in 1969. Gene Wilder was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
The musical number, Springtime for Hitler, is Mel Brooks' all-time favorite movie scene.
When the movie was released internationally, it was released under its original title, which was Springtime for Hitler.
Mel Brooks provided the voice for one of the singers in the Springtime for Hitler number.