Top Quotes from Blazing Saddles (1974)
Remember Blazing Saddles? It’s clever, controversial and hilarious to this day, but what Mel Brooks movie isn’t? Armed with ballsy racial humor and postmodern meta-commentary on the movie industry, Blazing Saddles has something for everyone, even the most contrarian of cowpokes. The story of the new black sheriff of a racist Western town, his initial ordeals, his alcoholic best friend, and his final redemption saving the townspeople from government thugs, Blazing Saddles is a comedy classic that just gets edgier with time.
Without further ado, we present 5 of the funniest quotes from a movie that’s a nonstop string of ‘em.
“Badges, Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges.“ We know, we know…Mel Brooks didn’t originate this quote. It actually comes from John Huston’s 1948 Treasure of the Sierra Madre. But what’s a comedy Western without a nod to the master? As a point of interest, the original quote was longer (“Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”), so when you quote the line in its condensed form, you’re quoting Blazing Saddles and Blazing Saddles alone.
“You use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore.“ Twenty bucks was a lot back then, but Hedy – excuse us, Hedley – Lamarr probably earned the compliment, having just used his tongue to produce “My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.” A suitably prolonged metaphor in a movie where size matters.
“Excuse me while I whip this out.“ We’re not gonna lie: most of what made Blazing Saddles funny was its fearless, unrelenting ability to jab America’s racial sensitivities where they hurt the most. Mostly when it came to “size.” If there’s one thing about Bart the townspeople are curious to know, it’s whether he’s living proof that black guys really are better-endowed. Here, Sheriff Bart’s just pulling a bit of paper from his waistband, but the town thinks otherwise…
“It’s twue! It’s twue!“ Lili von Shtupp, the town bicycle, got to test the rumors about Bart firsthand soon enough, and was not let down, it seems. Originally, Bart was going to respond, “Excuse me, miss, but you’re sucking on my arm!” but the explicit allusion to just what Lili was doing was too much for Hollywood censors, and Bart’s reputation stayed intact.
“Where the white women at?“ It’s a testament to how succinctly Mel Brooks could sum up white America’s deepest fears that this line’s origin has become lost in the popular consciousness. It’s shorthand for white paranoia about black men’s desires, so much so that it’s probably used as frequently by racists with no ironic intent as by movie fans. Nevertheless, there’s still a delicious shock about hearing this line for the first time in the movie that begat it, and that’s the beauty of Mel Brooks: you don’t think he’s going to go there, and then he does.
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