Blazing Saddles (1974)

One Shat host is a social justice warrior. The other hates Mel Brooks movies. So “Blazing Saddles” seemed doomed from the start. But there’s magic in Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little and the old frontier.

Listener Ed took Shat The Movies way back to 1974 for this satirical Western that Gene Lyons argues isn’t racist, sexist or even remotely offensive (other than one particular performance).

Dick Ebert was impressed with the “real Hollywood Western” feel of the movie, attributing the incredible cast and chemistry to divine intervention, and also the groundbreaking farts.

In this episode, the Shat Boys discuss the connection between “Blazing Saddles” and “La Bamba,” cheer for Slim Pickens and Harvey Korman and wonder at how cleverly the film breaks the fourth wall.

You know those episodes where Gene gets excited and quotes the movie a lot? Yeah, it’s one of those.

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