Max is a rundown Broadway producer who cooks up a plan with his new accountant, Leo, to earn tons of money by producing a Broadway flop. They'll first get investors, and when the show tanks, they keep the excess. They choose to make "Springtime With Hitler," a play written by an obsessed Neo-Nazi. With their politically offensive material, they then pick a terrible director, and choose one who is fragrantly gay. They also hire a ditzy blonde actress, who later becomes Leo's love interest. On opening night, the lead "Hitler," is injured, so the director steps in to replace him at the last minute. The songs and the scenarios are quite offensive, but since it is being played comedically by the "gay" Hitler, the audience thinks of the show as a parody. In short, the play is a hit, much to the two producers' grief. Max is charged for tax fraud, while Leo and the actress run away together. At the hearing, Leo comes back to defend Max, and both are jailed. They continue their producing hopes in prison, and pen a musical about inmates that mark the beginning of their successful producing career.
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Best part of story, including ending:
Typical of a Mel Brooks comedy, the scenes are hilarious and radical.
Best scene in story:
When the crowd gives them a standing ovation on opening night, and they are baffled.
Opinion about the main character:
Max is a sleazy crook, but you have to admire him for his creativity in executing his scam.