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Post by gjvalent on Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:12 pm

I caught this as a second run, on a double feature with Cold Turkey. For Mel Brooks' second film, it was amazingly low key. Funny, but, a real step back, or sideways, from the manic hilarity of The Producers. Still, I know that Gene Siskel loved it, as he said so when he and Roger Ebert did a show comparing Mel Brooks and Woody Allen films. Mel returned to form with his next flick, Blazing Saddles. The rest, is film history.
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Post by BlueCat on Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:29 pm

It was on TCM on April Fool's Day (I mentioned that on the Stooge topic, which is probably why you posted this), and I haven't seen it in probably 25 years or more. I remember liking it very much back then, and I look forward to watching my recording of it again. I do remember that there wasn't the non-stop fun of either The Producers or Blazing Saddles, but there were a few gags that still stick with me after all these years.

I was a fan of The Producers long before it was reborn as a musical, and while I had fun seeing it on stage with Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick, I couldn't bear to watch the movie version with them. Not after seeing Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, etc. in the original! Zero was absolutely SUPERB as Max Bialystock!
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Post by gjvalent on Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:00 pm

Yes, Blue, I was responding to your mention of The Twelve Chairs. I obviously neglected to tie it into the thread so it would make sense. Next time.
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