30 Best 'Blazing Saddles' Quotes: Stinking Badges To Schnitzengruben

By | April 23, 2019

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Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder in 'Blazing Saddles.' Source: IMDB

Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, Blazing Saddles is one of two groundbreaking films that Mel Brooks released in 1974 (the other was Young Frankenstein) -- the comedic auteur was operating at his peak that year. Not only is the film jam-packed with jokes, but each of them holds a mirror up to society in a way that few comedies ever do. It’s funny, and it was biting, but there was one joke that Brooks thought was so dirty that he had to cut it.

If you’ve seen Blazing Saddles you know that this is a take-no-prisoners film that makes fun of everyone and everything in the name of showing the worst and best in the human race. So what was so over the top that even Mel Brooks didn’t want to use it? Let’s find out. 

The One Joke That Didn’t Make It Into The Film

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Pretty much every joke in Blazing Saddles pushes the envelope. Everything Mel Brooks creates is, at the very least, on the edge of bad taste which is what makes his work so fun. But in 2012 he admitted that there was one joke that even he wasn’t comfortable putting in the film. In an appearance on Conan, he explained that the cut joke occurred when Sheriff Bart, played by Cleavon Little, goes to visit Lili von Shtupp, played by Madeline Kahn.

When Von Shtupp flirts with Bart she blows out some candles. Then Brooks explained:

And she says in her German accent, 'Is it true what they say about you people?' And Cleavon says, 'I hate to disillusion you, ma'am, but you're sucking on my arm.'