Shout Out: Blazing Saddles

  • A dimwitted foreman named Taggart is building a railroad in the intervals of being Hedey ("That's Hedley!") Lamarr's henchman. Cut to Ayn Rand's magnum opus Atlas Shrugged (1957), in which Dagny Taggart is trying to save the railroad her grandfather built...
  • Lili Von Shtupp
  • Brooks has outright admitted that he gave the huge-but-dim thug Mongo the name "Mongo" in the first place just so he could have another character shout "Mongo! Santa Maria!", a reference to the legendary jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaria.
  • Mongo punching out the horse is a reference to Mel Brooks's old mentor, the legendary Sid Caesar of Your Show Of Shows, actually doing that! The horse had thrown his wife from its back.
  • The "We don't need no stinking badges!" line is a paraphrase of a line from John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
  • Two of Governor LePetomane's staff are named Frankie and Johnny, a reference to the old song "Frankie and Johnny".
  • A few classic Hollywood references:
  • When Bart gives Mongo the explosive candygram, the Looney Tunes theme is heard.