State Attorney General Hedley Lamarr was played fiendish delight by the hilarious Harvey Korman. Hedley wants to buy the land along the new railroad route cheaply by driving the townspeople of Rock Ridge out. Gene Wilder was originally offered the role of Hedley Lamarr, but he didn’t feel right for it and told Mel Brooks that he wanted to play [...]
Here’s a collection very cool foreign versions of the Blazing Saddles poster. FRENCH DANISH GERMAN ITALIAN
Great news: The official Blazing Saddles soundtrack has recently been released! You could previously only get small bits of the music from the film, but you can now enjoy all of it. This is the COMPLETE John Morris score to the classic from 1974. Included are the favorites: Frankie Laine’s epic title track, Madeline Kahn’s “I’m Tired” and of course [...]
Cleavon Little played the coolest law man in the West – Sheriff Bart. The role of Bart was orignally intended for Richard Pryor, but due to the controversial nature of Pryor’s stand-up routines and his background, Mel Brooks couldn’t secure financing for the project with Pryor in that role. So Pryor was made a co-writer of the script, and Cleavon [...]
Jim aka The Waco Kid was played by Gene Wilder. Wilder was not the first actor cast in the role however. Production began with Gig Young as the Waco Kid. On the first day of shooting, the scene where the drunk Waco Kid hangs from a bunk asking if Bart is black, it was obvious that he was actually drunk [...]
Here’s a very cool little video that includes many of the greatest scenes from Blazing Saddles. Of course, the entire movie is one long great scene, but I guess you can think of this as an appetizer.
Alex Karras played Mongo, an incredibly strong but dumb henchman who terrorizes Rock Ridge. He’s eventually sent by Taggart to kill Sheriff Bart. Karras was formerly famous for playing football for the Detroit Lions. Although the role was small, it’s one of the films most memorable. Has there ever been a character who had so few scenes but been so [...]