Trivia / Blazing Saddles

  • Acting for Two: Mel Brooks plays the Governor and a Yiddish-speaking Indian Chief that appears in Bart's flashback sequence.
  • Actor Allusion: Well, director allusion anyway.
    Taggart: Piss on you, I'm workin' for Mel Brooks!
  • AFI's 100 Years… 100 Laughs: #6
  • Completely Different Title: Many countries didn't go with the punny title (though Greece expanded with "Boots, spurs and saddles hot"). Latin America was "Madness in the West", Brazil and Portugal had "A Mess in the West", France was "The Sheriff is in Prison", Germany "The Wild Wild West" (in contrast to that show being "The Crazy Wild West"), Finland "Wild Wilder West", Italy "High Noon and a Half of Fire", Turkey "Silver Saddles", and Sweden followed the "Springtime for Hitler" title for The Producers with "Springtime for the Sheriff".
  • Creator Cameo: The voices for the drunk who Lili Von Shtupp kicks off the stage and the German soldier who joins her later in the show are both provided by Mel Brooks.
  • Cut Song: Mel Brooks wrote a song called "Bart" which would reveal that character's back-story as a pimp, but it was cut before filming began because he felt it slowed the film down and would make it less likely for audiences to sympathize with his plight.
  • Enforced Method Acting
    • Cleavon Little was not warned about the "you know... morons" line. His reaction was real.
    • Frankie Laine's earnest rendition of the opening theme sang came about in part because Mel Brooks never told him the movie was a comedy. Brooks decided to keep Laine in the dark about the true nature of the film, thinking his performance would be better if Laine thought it was an authentic Western. Laine only found out at the premiere.
  • Executive Meddling: They tried, but since Mel's contract said that he had the final cut on the film, he sat through the meeting, taking careful notes of all the changes that they wanted to make, and then when the meeting was over he tossed his notes in the garbage.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Mel Brooks as a Native American chief. This is a reference to the early Hollywood practice of casting "dirty whites" such as Jews and Italians as Native Americans. The role's overt Jewishness also goes along with the theme of kinship between marginalized groups in American history.
    • Jewish-American Madeline Kahn as the very Germanic Lili von Shtupp.
  • Follow the Leader: According to film critic Dave Kehr, this was the first major motion picture to include a fart joke. That fact, assuming it's true, makes it the most influential comic film of all time.
  • Life Imitates Art: It's unlikely if Mel Brooks knew the story, but in Real Life, a black man was named as the postmaster of Punta Gorda, Florida by a man who held a grudge against the town's founders, as a deliberate affront to its Southern sensibilities.
  • Money, Dear Boy: While he clearly put his heart and soul into the final product, Brooks readily accepted the directing duties, despite his preference to direct scripts that he, himself, had conceived, because he was completely broke after his first two films bombed.
  • Prop Recycling: At the beginning of the scene in which Mongo awakens chained up in the sheriff's office, when Bart is hanging up posters on the board, there is a wanted poster already hanging up on the wall. This same wanted poster can be seen on the wall in the jail house in Rio Bravo.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Burton Gilliam (Lyle) was quite reluctant to drop all the N-bombs in the script, until Cleavon Little (Bart) assured Gilliam that he would not be offended.
  • Recycled Set: The movie was filmed on the same outdoor sets as Westworld.
  • Recycled: The Series: Black Bart was an attempt to bring the movie to TV, only without the presence of Mel Brooks, Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, or jokes. It never got past the pilot episode.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Brooks wanted John Wayne for the role of Jim, the Waco Kid. Wayne rejected his offer because the script clashed with his family-friendly screen persona, but he also found it to be hilarious and told Brooks he'd be "first in line" to see the movie.
    • Had Richard Pryor (who contributed to the script) been a more reliable actor and/or not coked out of his mind (Mel Brooks found out the truth of the warnings he'd been given when Pryor called on a day he was supposed to be writing to explain he was actually with a couple of girls in New Jersey), he would have played Bart himself, launching his frequent film partnership with Gene Wilder a couple years before Silver Streak.
    • Wilder himself was a last-minute replacement for Gig Young, who turned up on the set too inebriated to act. Several other actors were considered before Young. This is also quite ironic, given that the Waco Kid is a recovering alcoholic.
    • Numerous scenes were cut from the film, including a scene where Bart tricks Mongo into diving for treasure and a scene with the governor touring the fake Rock Ridge with the press. Some of them were used to pad out a censored version of the film that has aired on TV, and are included on the Blu-ray release.
    • Gene Wilder was originally offered the role of Hedley Lamarr, but didn't feel right for it, and told Brooks that he wanted The Waco Kid instead. However, Brooks wanted someone older for The Waco Kid, someone like Dan Dailey. Dailey was originally considered for the role of the Waco Kid, but poor health and declining eyesight forced him to decline.
    • Dom De Luise has claimed that the role of the director of the film-within-a-film, "The French Mistake", was originally meant to be played by Peter Sellers. However, after Brooks endured an exhaustive four-hour audition, he instead cast De Luise.
    • Brooks also asked Johnny Carson to play the Waco Kid; he refused.
    • The original plan for the film was to have Alan Arkin direct with James Earl Jones playing Bart.
  • Working Title: Tex X.
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