Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, and Madeline Kahn as a chanteuse modelled on Marlene Dietrich. As in Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), and High Anxiety (1977), director/writer Mel Brooks gives a burlesque spin to a classic Hollywood movie genre; in his own manic, Borscht Belt way, Brooks was a central player in revising classic genres in light of Seventies values and attitudes, an effort most often associated with such directors as Robert Altman and Peter Bogdanovich . Some of this film's sequences, notably a gaseous bean dinner around a campfire, have become comedy classics.

Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, David Huddleston, Mel Brooks, Alex Karras, Madeline Kahn

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Year: 1974
Running Time: 93 minutes
Genre: Comedy

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The original title was supposed to be "Black Bart".

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"It's alright Taggart. It's just a man and a horse being hung out there." -Hedley Lamarr

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Gucci (formally known as "The House of Gucci") started in 1921. Just a few scenes earlier, 'Gov. Le Petomane' says "What the hell are you worried about? This is 1874, you'll be able to sue her!" Although technically inaccurate, this is a Mel Brooks movie, so the joke is better than the trivia.

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This was Count Basie's last movie appearance. (Although he did appear on several other TV shows after this.) Basie died at age 79, on April 26, 1984.

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"Excuse me, while I whip this out." -Bart (Cleavon Little)

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When Gene Wilder agreed to do 'Blazing Saddles', he asked Mel Brooks to direct a movie he was working on - 'Young Frankenstein'.

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This was Alex Karras' first movie role. He may be better known as the dad on "Webster", but he also played football for the Detroit Lions between 1958 and 1970.

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"Hey where are da white women at?!" -Black Bart

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"Is anybody got a dime?! Somebody's gotta go back and get a shit-load a dimes!" -Taggart

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Filming location: Street view of Warner Bros Studios, W Olive Ave., Burbank, CA

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When they shot this scene, the title of the movie was still "Black Bart". But when it was changed to "Blazing Saddles" by the studio, a mask process had to be done to the marquees. Notice how the left marquee is partly blacked out because of the tree in front of it.

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This ticket booth is no longer there. When Mann Theatres took over the building, they removed the ticket booth and the covered walkway.

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That is the voice of Mel Brooks saying "Hey what the- Hey you", but that is NOT Mel Brooks sitting in the seat.

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The restaurant in the background is Hamburger Hamlet, which opened in 1962, but closed in February 2007 - 45 years...

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