Whether good, bad or mild, nothing was thrown out. Blazing Saddles has no dominant personality, and it looks as if it includes every gag thought up in every story conference. Mel Brooks: the DGA Interview", "Screen: 'Blazing Saddles', a Western in Burlesque", "Film | Most Promising Newcomer To Leading Film Roles in 1975", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Blazing_Saddles&oldid=980015243, United States National Film Registry films, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Brooks appears in three on-screen roles: Governor Le Petomane, the. "I wrote a first draft called Tex-X" (a play on Malcolm X's name), he said. 'Blazing Saddles' is at once a messy and antiquated gag machine. To begin with, they wouldn’t take more than a minute to string him up—hang him ’til he’s dead. The movie itself, it’s a period movie. The streamer, which serves as the streaming home for the classic 1974 Mel Brooks comedy, has added an intro by TCM’s Jacqueline Stewart, who contextualizes both the plot and era in which the film was released. In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2016, he acknowledged that while the film does punch up, ultimately poking fun at the racist characters, there are some aspects that just couldn’t work for a contemporary audience. We got so lucky with his serious interpretation of the song. "Frankie sang his heart out ... and we didn't have the heart to tell him it was a spoof. Brooks served as an executive producer for the production, and voiced one of the characters. " Jan Dawson of The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote, "Perhaps it is pedantic to complain that the whole is not up to the sum of its parts when, for the curate's egg that it is, Blazing Saddles contains so many good parts and memorable performances. The supporting cast includes Slim Pickens, Alex Karras, and David Huddleston, as well as Brooks regulars Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, and Harvey Korman. And then, you've got no movie. To revisit this article, select My Account, then View saved stories. “It’s possible. Though he had not worked with a writing team since Your Show of Shows, he hired a group of writers (including Bergman) to expand the outline, and posted a large sign: "Please do not write a polite script. The idea for the film came from a story outline written by Andrew Bergman that he originally intended to develop and produce himself. Lamarr persuades the dim-witted Le Petomane to appoint Bart, a black railroad worker, who was about to be executed for assaulting Taggart. Sign up for our daily Hollywood newsletter and never miss a story. I don’t want to cross lines I’m not supposed to be crossing. With Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman. It should be noted that not only do the "bad guys", aka the bad cowboys, say the N word, but also the townspeople.