The film stars Zero Mostel as Max Bialystock, the producer and Gene Wilder as Leo Bloo, the accountant and features Dick Shawn as L.S.D., the actor who ends up playing the lead in the Musical within the Movie, Kenneth Mars as the former Nazi Soldier and Playwright, Franz Liebkind, Mickey Rooney as Porky Switzer, a wise-cracking choreographer, Buddy Hackett as Buckwheat McFarland, a dim-witted painter and Dick Van Dyke as Lennie Benjamin, a clumsy critic of The New York Times.
The Producers was the first film directed by Mel Brooks. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, along with Thomas Meehan. Decades later, it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry and placed 11th on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list. The film was later remade successfully by Brooks and Meehan as an acclaimed Broadway Stage Musical which itself was adapted as a film.
- Zero Mostel as Max Bialystock
- Gene Wilder as Leo Bloom
- Dick Shawn as Lorenzo St. DuBois (L.S.D.)
- Kenneth Mars as Franz Liebkind
- Lee Meredith as Ulla
- Mickey Rooney as Porky Switzer
- Buddy Hackett as Buckwheat McFarland
- Dick Van Dyke as Lennie Benjamin
- Estelle Winwood as "Hold Me! Touch Me!"
- Christopher Hewett as Roger De Bris
- Andreas Voutsinas as Carmen Ghia