BLAZING SADDLES (1974) C widescreen 93m dir: Mel Brooks

w/Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, David Huddleston, Liam Dunn, Harvey Korman, Madeleine Kahn, Alex Karras, John Hillerman, George Furth, Mel Brooks

From Variety's contemporary review of the film: "Blazing Saddles spoofs old-time westerns with an avalanche of one-liners, vaudeville routines, campy shticks, sight gags, satiric imitations and comic anachronisms. Pic is essentially a raunchy, protracted version of a television comedy skit.

"Although Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder head a uniformly competent cast, pic is handily stolen by Harvey Korman and Madeleine Kahn. Kahn is simply terrific doing a Marlene Dietrich lampoon.

"Rest of the cast is fine, although Little's black sheriff doesn't blend too well with Brooks's Jewish-flavored comic style. Wilder is amusingly low-key in a relatively small role."

And that stock scene found in most westerns, set around the old campfire, will never be the same.

BLAZING SADDLES was nominated for two Oscars: Best Supporting Actress (Kahn) and Song ("Blazing Saddles" by John Morris & Brooks).