The Producers by Mel Brooks
I would like to say something your honor, not on my behalf,
but in reference to my partner, Mr. Bialystock....your honor, ladies and
gentlemen of the jury, Max Bialystock is the most selfish man I ever met
in my life...Not only is he liar, and a cheat and a scoundrel, and a crook,
who has taken money from little old ladies, he has also talked people
into doing things, especially me, that they would never in a thousand
years had dreamed of doing. But, your honor, as I understand it the law
was created to protect people from being wronged. Your honor, whom has
Max Bialystock wronged? I mean, whom has he really hurt? Not me. Not me.
I was.... this man.... no one ever called me Leo before. I mean, I know
it's not a big legal point, but even in kindergarten they used to call
me Bloom. I never sang a song before. I mean with someone else, I never
sang a song with someone else before. This man.... this man... this is
a wonderful man. He made me what I am today...he did. And what of the
dear ladies? What would their lives have been without Max Bialystock?
Max Bialystock, who made them feel young, and attractive, and wanted again.
That's all I have to say.