In the western parody, no one is safe from being burned as the jokes attack at everyone. Despite the film’s intention of making fun of racists (and everyone else), the language in many of the quotes gave the film a reputation of being racist itself.
While the language may have been in good nature at the time, a film like Blazing Saddles wouldn’t survive the box office in the modern era. Still, Blazing Saddles is an outrageous film that will make you laugh the whole way through.
“Welcome, sonny?” “Make yourself at home?” “Marry my daughter?” You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. “It got so that every pissant prairie punk who thought he could shoot a gun would ride into town to try out the Waco Kid.
The way you’re lollygagging’ around here with them picks and them shovels, you’d think it was a under an’ twenty degrees…! If you’re a Mel Brooks’ fan, Blazing Saddles is probably one of your favorite movies.
While there are moments that make the film a product of its time, the film is still bursting with hilarious one-liners spoken by memorable characters. In the 46 years since Blazing Saddles was released, it has become a comedy classic.
Did these funny Blazing Saddles quotes make you laugh? Starring Clean 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.
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. In the film, Jim (Gene Wilder) pretends to capture Bart in front of a pair of the Klansman.
Source: (Warner Bros.) When Bart finally arrives in Rock Ridge to take over as the new sheriff he’s met with both intense racism and complete shock. Much of the film plays with the idea of Bart’s large… talents and Brooks and company get a lot of mileage out of everyone’s obsession with the Sheriff.
When Bart tries to read the governor’s decree naming him the new sheriff of Rock Ridge he exclaims, “Excuse me while I whip this out,” and reaches into his trousers. Source: (Warner Bros.) After Bart finds himself on the receiving end of Rock Ridge’s racism, he returns to his office where Jim tries to make him feel a little better about the horrible garbage he’s just run into.
At the onset of the film, Jim has completely lost his nerve after losing a shootout with a young boy. In this section of the film, bad-boy cowboy Haggard is out on the range with the rest of his cowpokes who are enjoying a nice dinner of beans.
Source: (Warner Bros.) There’s no doubt that Blazing Saddles is a hilarious film, but Madeline Khan as Lily On Setup is the element that takes this movie over the top. On Setup is a saucy bar performer who sings about how much sex she has and how exhausting it is, but she also delivers some fantastic zingers to the cowboys in her audience.
Source: (Warner Bros.) In a film full of the amazing deadpan line reads, Harvey Korean as Headley Lamar is tasked with delivering some of the craziest quotes in this movie while keeping a straight face. This line, spoken in a rallying speech to a group of outlaws before they take over Rock Ridge is one of the many fourth-wall breaking moments that occur in Blazing Saddles, but this one goes by so fast that you might not even notice.
The entire film is essentially a crash course in meta-comedy for audiences who hadn’t seen this kind of thing before, and unfortunately, Korean wasn’t nominated for his role as Lamar. Source: (Warner Bros.) It’s hard to pick a favorite line from Gene Wilder in Blazing Saddles, but this has to be up there.
After showing Bart how smooth his left hand is, the sheriff notes that alcohol hasn’t completely wrecked Jim’s nervous system. The director of the musical tells Tagger to get off his set, which prompts the outlaw to shout that he’s working for Mel Brooks.
Source: (Warner Bros.) After Rock Ridge’s old woman walks up to Bart on the street and says “up yours” (along with a racial slur) she stops by his office in the middle of the night to apologize and bring him a pie. Once the Sheriff says that he’s “rapidly becoming a big success in this town,” Jim says that in 25 years he’ll be able to shake their hands in broad daylight.
The line is funny, but it’s a devastating commentary on how little race relations had changed since the days of the Wild West. Source: (Warner Bros.) When Headley Lamar is accepting applications for his gang, he asks every outlaw and scoundrel in the west for the qualifications.
I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperadoes, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, beggars, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull d×kes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, sh×t-kickers and Methodists! Source: (Warner Bros.) Even if you haven’t seen Blazing Saddles you’ve probably said some form of this line at one point in time.
While the line is most often identified with Blazing Saddles, it is adapted from another pretty famous movie, The Treasure Of The Sierra Made (1948). Source: (Warner Bros.) In yet another moment from the scene where Headley Lamar is interviewing outlaws, there’s a joke that’s absolutely ridiculous.
When the guys are dressed up as members of the KKK to sneak into Headley’s group, the sheriff extends his hands, revealing his dark skin. Source: (Warner Bros.) Sheriff Bart’s first major task when saving Rock Ridge comes in the form of taking down Congo, Tagger’s muscle, who’s about the size of a truck.
Bart dresses up like a delivery man and tells Congo that he has a Candy Gram, but it’s actually made of dynamite. The scene is Blazing Saddles at its most Looney Tunes and it’s absolutely brilliant in its mixture of high and low comedy.
Even the governor, whom he works for, can’t pronounce his name correctly and continuously says it like the actress Hey Lamar. Not only does he just have that kind of snobbish face that you want to see get punched by the hero, but he has a way with haughty words that just makes him sound so infantile when something goes wrong.
After Lamar gives a masterful monologue brimming with lugubrious language, Tagger responds, “Ditto.” There’s something so funny about saying “ditto” to someone giving a heartfelt speech, and the way Lamar handles the offense (with more flowery dialogue) is absolutely iconic.
Source: (Warner Bros.) After Bart and Lily On Setup spend the night together, getting up to Brooks-only-knows what, she fills him full of German sausages called “schnitzengruben” until he’s about to explode. Obviously, the scene is meant to play to the audience’s basest instincts, and while it works on a juvenile level, there’s just something so funny and suave about the way says that he has a limit of schnitzengruben.
Source: (Warner Bros.) When Bart first arrives in Rock Ridge and attempts to ingratiate himself as the new sheriff, everyone tries to murder him on sight. To get out of being caught on the business end of a bullet Bart takes himself hostage and drags himself to the sheriff’s office at his own gunpoint.
When he gets inside he says to himself “Oh baby, you are so talented, and they are so dumb.” It’s a fun little scene that lets you know how on-the-ball Bart is, and it’s just a funny line to use when you run into some true dummies. Source: (Warner Bros.) Throughout Blazing Saddles, Congo is a gag that pays off in weird, mostly narrative ways.
It’s incredibly funny to see a fool like Congo question the existential nature of his place in the world, and it’s even funnier that he does it while taking part in a bit of meta-commentary. Source: (Warner Bros.) There’s something so ridiculous about Congo, the beefy man-child who beats up everyone and every horse in town, taking what he wants in the name of brute strength.
Before Bart thinks of inventing the candy gram to take him down, he decides to simply arrest him the old fashion way, and with a gun if he has to. But Jim keys Bart into Congo’s super strength and notes that bullets won’t do anything against the musclebound monstrosity.
The line on paper isn’t riotous, but it’s all in the way that Gene Wilder tells Bart about Congo that’s hilarious. The line, “Doggone near lost a four hundred dollar hand cart” is both funny and devastating in that it’s clear he doesn’t care about the lives of the two men who are drowning in front of him.
It’s another big honking deliberate anachronism -- it's obviously ridiculous that anyone would even know what a toll booth is in the Wild West. Source: (Warner Bros.) In this quick moment before a massive food fight breaks out in the Warner Bros. commissary, an actor playing Hitler is a film says to a friend, “They lose me right after the bunker scene.” As a Jewish man who fought in World War II, Brooks is obviously a fan of dunking on Hitler whenever the chance presents itself, thus this little nod to the Führer’s suicide.
Bart says that in order to save the town they have to work together, and allow people of every race to live in Rock Ridge in peace. While Blazing Saddles plays with a lot of racial humor, it's moments like these that there's more than racism afoot.
He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party.