Report Gene Wilder dies at 83 in News & Views Posted August 30, 2016 In a few threads down, we celebrated The Boys in the Band. Another film that came out around the same time that had a not so subtle gay subtext was Mel Brook's The Producers. One of the great comedies of all time staring Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel. No one says it in so many words but it is a story about a relationship between an older man, “Zero” the impresario and the younger wallflower of an account Gene Wilder. No sex, but it depicts the best sort of Socratic relationship even if they were both criminals. The short clip below is so worth watching. Gene Wilder's red faced tantrum that made him famous. http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/223902/Producers-The-Movie-Clip-A-Minor-Compulsion.html The film “The Producers” finally got recognition and has been made into a Broadway play and a re-make also with Nathan Lane and Mathew Broderick. All due respect the these two wonderful actors, the re-make cannot surpass the original.