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Black Bart (1975)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Western  -  4 April 1975 (USA)
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Western spoof concerning the adventures of a black sheriff and his fast-drawing sidekick fighting corruption and bigotry in the old west. Based on the feature film Blazing Saddles (1974).

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Black Bart (as Lou Gossett)
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Reb Jordan
Millie Slavin ...
Belle Buzzer
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Fern Malaga
Ruben Moreno ...
Moonwolf
Theodore Lehmann ...
Mr. Swenson
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Curley
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Jennifer
Tamar Cooper ...
Mrs. Swenson (as Tamara Cooper)
Rand Bridges ...
Porter
Poindexter Yothers ...
Hughie (as Poindexter)
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Western spoof concerning the adventures of a black sheriff and his fast-drawing sidekick fighting corruption and bigotry in the old west. Based on the feature film Blazing Saddles (1974).

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Originally, the pilot teleplay was titled "Superdude" when it was written by 'Michael Elias' and Frank Shaw. Additionally, the main role (which ended up being Black Bart) was called Johnny Digs and three actors were in mind for the role: Louis Gossett Jr. (who got the part), Richard Pryor, and Cleavon Little. For the role of Belle, Sally Kellerman, Tammy Grimes, and Amanda Blake were considered. Finally, Bert Remsen, Lou Frizzell and Sorrell Booke were considered for the part of Mayor Malaga. See more »

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Fern Malaga: You are already the highest paid black Sheriff in the West!
Black Bart: Milk Face... I am the *only* black Sheriff in the West!
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Nowhere near as funny as the movie it was based upon.
27 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With BLAZING SADDLES, Mel Brooks did to the western what Sergio Leone couldn't do... make us laugh at all the clichés and stereotypes we've been reluctantly accepting throughout the late-19th and much of the 20th Century. Not surprisingly, Black Bart was meant to capitalize on the popularity of the movie it was based upon. After all, if THE ODD COUPLE and M*A*S*H can go from being successful movies to successful TV sitcoms, so can BLAZING SADDLES, right? WRONG! I don't really mind when other actors & actresses take on famous roles, so it didn't bother me that Lou Gossett Jr. adapted the character that made Cleavon Little so famous. Gossett was actually the best part of this pilot. But when you make a series based on a movie, you should at least stick to the same characters. Steve Landesberg doesn't play as the Waco Kid, he just looked like him, drank like him, and shot like him. Lilli Von Schtupp not only got a different actress to play her, she got a different name(BELLE?!). Noble Willingham only looked like Howard Johnson(John Hillerman). It's even got a half-assed clone of Mongo.

I was going to comment on the original movie rather than this turkey of a pilot, but very few people haven't seen the movie, so there's really not much detail I can or should go into. As far as the use of racial slurs directed at Bart goes, as offensive as they are, they're appropriate from a bigoted white society, who Bart apparently always makes fools of. Too bad this potential series wasn't as good as the movie.


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