Western #4: Blazing Saddles (1974)

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Blazing Saddles is one of those films I feel like I should like a lot more than I actually do. It’s funny, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not near the caliber of The Producers or Young Frankenstein and that’s always disappointed me. Madeline Kahn is still brilliant of course, and so is Gene Wilder, but too much of the humor seems forced and some of the gags just don’t hold up for me.

It’s a shame because the film it borrows heavily from, Destry Rides Again, which is a wonderfully funny little film from 1939 starring Jimmy Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. The problem is that film is already a parody of Westerns, so when you start parodying a parody you can see how something might be a little off.

Grade: B

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