Blazing Saddles (1974)

In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. Wed March 27, 2019 | 7:30 PM

Rating:  R

Runtime:  1 hr, 33 min

Genre:   Comedy, Western

In this raucous parody of the Western film genre, greedy land developer, Hedley Lamarr greases palms of insane Earl Long/Blaze-type governor (‘Mel Brooks’) to induce his help to snatch land to build Hedley’s railroad. A key piece of land, Rock Ridge, is inhabited by a flock of Johnsons, all deeply entrenched in the town. The governor tries to help Hedley rid himself of the townspeople; first, he appoints black sheriff Bart for Rock Ridge. Next, Hedley sics Lili von Shtupp, “Teutonic Twit” on Bart. With the help of his sidekick, The Waco Kid, Bart fights for his new town. But, the politicos (and the WB studio) fight back.

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