The 1974 classic hit movie, “Blazing Saddles” was straight out of the genius of Mel Brooks and Andrew Bergman, and was the film that made Gene Wilder a star. The best part is, he wasn’t even the lead actor! The western comedy satirizing racism and Hollywood might possibly have been the first interracial comedic film. The friendship of Bart and Jim, played by Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, is at the heart of this story set in an all-white southern town. “Blazing Saddles” gives us some rib-tickling dialogues from Jim and his interactions with Bart.
Jim: My name is Jim but most people call me… Jim.
Bart: Hey, maybe you should eat somethin’ first.
Jim: No thanks, food makes me sick.
Jim:[consoling Bart] What did you expect? “Welcome, sonny”? “Make yourself at home”? “Marry my daughter”? You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… Morons.
Jim: [Bart reaches for his gun] Oh no, don’t do that, don’t do that. If you shoot him, you’ll just make him mad.
Jim: Look at my hand.
[raises hand and holds it level]
Bart: Steady as a rock.
Jim: [raises his other hand, which is violently trembling] Yeah, but I shoot with this one.
Bart: Who is this Mongo, anyway?
Jim: Well, Mongo ain’t exactly a “who”. He’s more of a “what”.
Van Johnson: What he said.
Bart: Well, now, I don’t know…
Jim: I’d better sit up.
[struggles to straighten himself]
Bart: Need any help?
Jim: Oh… all I can get.
Jim: Where you headed, cowboy?
Bart: Nowhere special.
Jim: Nowhere special? I always wanted to go there.
Bart: Come on.
[Jim mounts up and they ride off into the sunset… in a limousine!]