20 Things You Might Not Know About ‘Blazing Saddles’

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Blazing Saddles opened in theaters more than 40 years ago and it has secured a place on many lists of the best comedy movies of all time. It also happens to be one of the most offensive.

Included in our fascinating facts tribute are the truth behind Mongo’s horse punch and the one joke director and co-writer Mel Brooks thought was a bit too risque for audiences at the time.

It’s hard to imagine that a film as politically incorrect as Blazing Saddles would have a chance at being released by a studio as big as Warner Brothers today but it’s even harder to imagine the world of comedy without this gem.

1. The film had several titles. When Brooks was first approached about the film by CMA executive David Begelman the treatment by Richard Zanuck and David Brown was known as Tex X. The movie would then be changed to Black Bart before finally being called Blazing Saddles. The poster for Black Bart was posted in the background when Hedley Lamarr is on location at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

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2. Hedy Lamarr sued because of Hedley Lamarr.
Actress Hedy Lamarr wasn’t happy with the character’s name similarity and sued Mel Brooks over the use of her name. The dispute was settled out of court and Brooks was able to keep Hedley in the film.

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