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BLAZING BROOKS: MEL SAYS 'SADDLES' COULDN'T BE MADE IN 2012
http://www.breitbart.com ^ | 16 Nov 2012 | by Christian Toto

Posted on 11/17/2012 4:17:46 AM PST by SMGFan

Edited on 11/17/2012 11:18:24 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

It's a good thing Mel Brooks' inspiration for "Blazing Saddles" struck in the early 1970s and not 2012. Had Brooks come up with the western genre spoof today, it wouldn't pass muster at any major studio.

Brooks himself shared that sad truth during a visit to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night. "Blazing Saddles" starred Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn in a zany send up of classic western films. And while "Superbad," "Bridesmaids" and "Project X" push the boundaries of modern cinema, they couldn't compare to the outrageous gags Brooks sprinkled throughout his 1974 comedy classic. "It couldn't be made today," Brooks tells Kimmel flatly before launching into a classic story about an early preview of the film, and how a man high up at Warner Bros. told him to make some major cuts ... or else. "We had this preview, people went crazy. They laughed, they enjoyed it. Afterwards, he grabs me by the collar and shoves me into an office ... and he says, “Okay, here’s a legal pad, here’s a pencil, take these notes...” “N-word, OUT! We don’t say it. No punching a horse. Noooo punching a horse. Around the campfire, cut out the farting… out! It's out! You can’t punch an old lady. Lily von Schtupp and the black sheriff … you can’t – OUT, OUT.”


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The Sheriff is a **BONG**
1 posted on 11/17/2012 4:17:52 AM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

It’s twoo, it’s twoo......


2 posted on 11/17/2012 4:21:14 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (George W. Bush is the Emmanuel Goldsten of the modern era.)
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To: SMGFan

Yes, but...

Chris Rock would be in it instead and making racist comments about rich white guys, you know, the ones who are the job producers...the hated class...making fun of them is ok and very unifying to the country. Sarc off/


3 posted on 11/17/2012 4:22:41 AM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNQv19YpG4 - trailer


4 posted on 11/17/2012 4:22:47 AM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: SMGFan

Springtime for Hitler would be too offensive for gays.


5 posted on 11/17/2012 4:23:21 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

“Pardon me, while I whip this out...”


6 posted on 11/17/2012 4:24:05 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: SMGFan

Every time I watch Blazing Saddles, I think the same thing. Today, Mel Brooks would be strung up for such a movie.

One of the best comedies ever, IMHO.


7 posted on 11/17/2012 4:24:24 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: SMGFan

Mongo LIKE Candy.


8 posted on 11/17/2012 4:24:52 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: SMGFan

Hey, where the white women at?


9 posted on 11/17/2012 4:26:57 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: CincyRichieRich

Will assume you never saw Rock’s classic show where he goes after the home team.


10 posted on 11/17/2012 4:28:06 AM PST by sakic
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To: fatnotlazy

Great Theme Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-HRbsejTyw


11 posted on 11/17/2012 4:28:17 AM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: cripplecreek

Why?


12 posted on 11/17/2012 4:28:51 AM PST by sakic
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To: Mad Dawgg

“’Scuse me while ah whip this out!”

Classic.


13 posted on 11/17/2012 4:30:55 AM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: SueRae

“little bastard shot me in the a$$...”


14 posted on 11/17/2012 4:31:55 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

“Mongo only pawn in game of Life.”


15 posted on 11/17/2012 4:34:39 AM PST by Maigrey (Life, for a liberal, is one never-ending game of Calvinball. - giotto)
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To: fatnotlazy
Reverse the race of all the characters in the film and it would get to the theaters. It it would suck but there would be nothing taboo about it.

I love how the non-gay, Christian, male, is the only person not aloud to be offended.

16 posted on 11/17/2012 4:34:46 AM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: cripplecreek

The French Mistake
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMK6lzmSk2o


17 posted on 11/17/2012 4:35:07 AM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: MD Expat in PA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGQ-ISsDm8M&feature=fvwrel


18 posted on 11/17/2012 4:36:30 AM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: fatnotlazy

The thing is Blazing Saddles was not only a satire of classic movie westerns and movie making in general but also a satire on race relations and prejudices - the black sheriff was the hero of the movie. And Mel Brooks as the Indian chief who speaks Yiddish- “They darker than us! Woof!” LOL!


19 posted on 11/17/2012 4:36:45 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: sakic
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20 posted on 11/17/2012 4:38:03 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SMGFan

Don’t send a horse to find quicksand, you know the price of horses these days, send a nigger.

I watched it in a theater of Blacks in Seattle and every time nigger was said they howled.

Pray for America


21 posted on 11/17/2012 4:38:36 AM PST by bray (Nov 6, tell Obama to Stand Down!)
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To: Maigrey

Gov. William J. Le Petomane: “Work, work, work. Work, work, work. Work, work, work. Hello boys, have a good night’s rest, I missed you.”


22 posted on 11/17/2012 4:39:30 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: MD Expat in PA

Yiddish Indians = a Mormon joke.


23 posted on 11/17/2012 4:40:38 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: SMGFan
Ditto for the movie "Airplane"; one of the funniest comedy movies still, IMHO. Can you imagine the howls of protest from the PC crowd over the scene, "Oh stewardess, I speak jive."
24 posted on 11/17/2012 4:41:00 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: SMGFan
"The Sheriff is an Afri--DINGGGGG."
25 posted on 11/17/2012 4:41:59 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: SMGFan
No surprise. I showed it (Blazing Saddles) to some barely twenty-somethings over a decade ago and they were horrified.

Okay. I didn't 'get' the Rocky Horror Picture Show, either.

That was how much things had changed then, and it is more so now. Indoctrination....

26 posted on 11/17/2012 4:43:43 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: SMGFan

Funny movie and I agree it couldn’t be made today. Al Sharpton would make a career out of it.


27 posted on 11/17/2012 4:44:52 AM PST by McGruff (No New RINOs!)
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To: SMGFan
I work for TxDOT and every month we get a free "Texas Highways" around payday. My buddy and I greet the guy who passes them out with "Pass these out to the boys in lieu of pay".

The only movie funnier than BS is Young Frankenstein.
Brooks is a genius!

28 posted on 11/17/2012 4:46:09 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: DYngbld

Today’s comedies are considered classics if the characters utter profanities every two minutes. These days, cuss words are considered great comedy.


29 posted on 11/17/2012 4:46:49 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: SMGFan

Thanks. Frankie Layne. Also, cameo by Count Basie.


30 posted on 11/17/2012 4:48:35 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: allmendream
Yiddish Indians = a Mormon joke.

A Chippewa friend said "Well, why can't we play Jews in the movies, already? Oy Vey! They have Jews playing Indians!"

31 posted on 11/17/2012 4:48:51 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: MD Expat in PA

The greatest thing about this movie is that it showed something we do not have today, the ability to laugh at ourselves. That was the genius of what Brooks did. Now everyone should be required to see it again and then reflect on all those “offended” groups who will swear that social relations are so much better off today than it was then because of their activist cheerleaders. The reality is that it is far worse than it has ever been and maybe seeing this movie again will start to reflect that to some “offended” crybaby.


32 posted on 11/17/2012 4:48:56 AM PST by mazda77
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To: Feckless
The only movie funnier than BS is Young Frankenstein.

I also consider “High Anxiety” one of his best as well, not as slapstick as many of his other movies, although it helps if, like me, one is a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan.

33 posted on 11/17/2012 4:50:25 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: SMGFan
The most offensive thing about it is the plot. A bunch of ordinary citizens want to establish a town in the west and live their lives in peace, but the corrupt government wants the land for a railroad so they can profit from the land. So they devise plots to steal the land from private citizens, and Sheriff Bart foils them.

If this movie were made today, it would be that the evil white landowners want to selfishly exploit the land, while the good government wants to use eminent domain to build a bullet train for the people.

34 posted on 11/17/2012 4:50:30 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Mad Dawgg

“We gotta protect our phoney-baloney jobs, gentlemen.”


35 posted on 11/17/2012 4:52:07 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: SMGFan

Is ***BONG*** racist code for Amish?


36 posted on 11/17/2012 4:52:13 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Feckless

The only movie funnier than BS is Young Frankenstein.

Agreed.

Probably the funniest scene in all of moviedom is the “Puttin on the Ritz” routine.


37 posted on 11/17/2012 4:54:54 AM PST by Paisan
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To: Smokin' Joe

Usually they have Italians playing Amerindians. We call them the Wopahoe tribe. ;)


38 posted on 11/17/2012 4:55:03 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: SMGFan

Mel Brooks is quite correct.

It’s still funnier than h*ll decades later.


39 posted on 11/17/2012 5:01:22 AM PST by sauropod (For Barack so loved the poor, he created millions more of them.)
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To: Yo-Yo; bert

The sheriff is a n-BONG.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upvZdVK913I


40 posted on 11/17/2012 5:01:56 AM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: Mad Dawgg

2:00 mark
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upvZdVK913I


41 posted on 11/17/2012 5:06:09 AM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: allmendream
My favorite TV/Movie Indians were the 'Hakowie" (alternately pronounced as "Fakowie") from F-Troop. My F-I-L (Chippewa) Howled when they'd do that bit, looking out from under a flattened hand: "We're the Hakowie?"

No doubt someone would be offended now...prolly some 'victim' studies grad who had as much Indian blood as Liz Warren.

42 posted on 11/17/2012 5:06:42 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Feckless

That’s “Fronkensteen!”


43 posted on 11/17/2012 5:07:31 AM PST by sauropod (For Barack so loved the poor, he created millions more of them.)
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To: SMGFan

Interestingly (or not, a buddy of mine and I were discussing this just the other day. We both agreed that Blazing Saddles would never get made today. We also put these films on our short list:

Patton - Probably a lot of griping about the depiction of Arabs in the film.

Better Off Dead - a comedy about a kid who keeps trying to kill himself? I can hear the protests now.

Harold and Maude - similar reasons to BoD

Most of Sam Peckinpah’s flicks - I seriously doubt any of Peckinpah’s greats could be made today in their original form. I know there was a lame remake of Straw Dogs a while back, but I cannot imagine the feminist crowd would sit still for the fact that women don’t get spared from violence in a Peckinpah film. There would be a certain irony there, of course, as Peckinpah never used violence gratuitously in any of his films. Unlike many modern films that are far more violent.


44 posted on 11/17/2012 5:08:13 AM PST by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: DemforBush

BTW, speaking of Blazing Saddles. The late Alex Karras (i.e. “Mongo”) was considered for a part some years earlier in The Godfather. Not as Lucca Brazzi, or Clemenza (both of which would have been a good fit, I think), but in the part of Carlo, Talia Shire’s weasely husband.

All I can say is, they would have to reshoot that entire street fight between Sonny and Carlo. James Caan is pretty tough, but he *ain’t* whuppin’ Mongo!


45 posted on 11/17/2012 5:10:54 AM PST by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: Paisan
Probably the funniest scene in all of moviedom is the “Puttin on the Ritz” routine.

OK, I'll give you that if you can go with the "Roll in the Hay" scene with Teri Garr as one of the funniest "sex" scenes.

Quick story on the first time to watch BS: this was my first "meeting" with my wife as we were both at a screening of BS at our college student union one Sunday evening. We weren't there on a date or even sitting next to one another nor did we know each other at that time. However, the great humor in the movie had me laughing uncontrollably so my wife, on one of our early dates, heard me laugh and said "You're that guy at the movie!!"

46 posted on 11/17/2012 5:13:12 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: SMGFan

Beans.


47 posted on 11/17/2012 5:14:30 AM PST by LiddysFlame
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To: Paisan

“What great knockers.”, “Why Thank you.”


48 posted on 11/17/2012 5:16:00 AM PST by roj (Fenwick Island is great this time of year)
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To: Maigrey

“No, no, don’t do that. If you shoot him, you’ll just make him mad.”


49 posted on 11/17/2012 5:16:35 AM PST by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: cripplecreek

That song was so hilarious (different movie though, that was The Producers)! It was on the jukebox in the bar/restaurant near my apt in NYC way back when.


50 posted on 11/17/2012 5:18:02 AM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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