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In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bart
... Jim
... Taggart
... Hedley Lamarr
... Lili Von Shtupp
... Governor Lepetomane / Indian Chief
Burton Gilliam ... Lyle
... Mongo
... Olson Johnson
Liam Dunn ... Rev. Johnson
... Howard Johnson
... Van Johnson
... Gabby Johnson (as Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.)
... Harriett Johnson
Richard Collier ... Dr. Sam Johnson
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The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar (Harvey Korman), a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor (Mel Brooks). Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff (Cleavon Little) in the west. Bart is a sophisticated urbanite who will have some difficulty winning over the townspeople. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Mel Brooks and the West! Together for the last time! See more »

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Comedy | Western

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7 February 1974 (USA)  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$119,500,000
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2.39 : 1
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No surprise that Lily is lip syncing, but it is really obvious as she emerges from behind the curtain. She is singing the word "hound", but her lips don't match that word. See more »

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[first lines]
Lyle: Come on, boys! The way you're lollygaggin' around here with them picks and them shovels, you'd think it was a hundert an' twenty degree. Can't be more than a hundert an' fourteen.
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The Warner Bros. Pictures logo is on a black screen and burns on fire, revealing the start of the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 July 2014 (2014) See more »

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The Ballad of Rock Ridge
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
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An All-Time Classic
29 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Whenever I look at this film I laugh so hard that somtimes tears come to my eyes. Brooks manages to do with this film what Young Frankenstien did to classic horror films. The thing that really works is all the in jokes laced throughout the film. This shows that the cast and crew were really having fun in writing and producing this film. But the main credit should go to the late Cleavon Little. He was perfect as Bart. He took the role when many thought it should have gone to Richard Pryor (who was a co-writer on the film). However, I think Pryor might have been a little too over the top for the role. Little played it more low key and not as militant as Pryor might have.

Also, this film was rated R when it was first released back in 1974. Today it probably would get either a P.G. or, at most, a P.G.-13 rating.


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