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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 Blazing Saddles (1974).

Director:

Robert Butler

Writers:

Andrew Bergman (creator), Michael Elias | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Black Bart (as Lou Gossett)
Steve Landesberg ... Reb Jordan
Millie Slavin Millie Slavin ... Belle Buzzer
Noble Willingham ... Fern Malaga
Ruben Moreno Ruben Moreno ... Moonwolf
Theodore Lehmann Theodore Lehmann ... Mr. Swenson
Gerrit Graham ... Curley
Brooke Adams ... Jennifer
Tamar Cooper Tamar Cooper ... Mrs. Swenson (as Tamara Cooper)
Rand Bridges Rand Bridges ... Porter
Poindexter Yothers Poindexter Yothers ... Hughie (as Poindexter)
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Jock Livingston Jock Livingston
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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 Blazing Saddles (1974).

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Genres:

Comedy | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Superdude See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film was made due to a clause in Mel Brooks' contract for the film Blazing Saddles (1974), that forced the studio to make either a sequel to the film, or a television series to retain the rights. They did four seasons, at least, of a television series and were able to hold onto the rights. See more »

Quotes

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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Version of Blazing Saddles (1974) See more »

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Virtually laugh-free
15 May 2010 | by gizmomogwaiSee all my reviews

Ouch. Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles is a classic, one of the best straight comedies ever made. This idea for a TV show based on the movie is just bad. Like the movie, it's about a black sheriff in a white town in the racist old west.

In a 22-minute episode I laughed just once; the majority of jokes here are lame, even if they try to tackle sensitive subject matter like racism and sex. For example, the sheriff threatening to shoot a white cowboy in his nose for using the N-word. That's supposed to be funny? It's common sense that black people won't like being labelled with a racist slur; there's no wit in a threatened violent response. A native American wanting to stop a manhunt for a ceremony? Is this a joke about how much natives like ceremonies? If so, why should I care? Lying about a robbery to get a new gun? Wow. Clever scheme.

It's not just the jokes that bomb; so does the sheriff character. The sheriff of Blazing Saddles was a good guy: smart and adhering to good ethics. This sheriff, on the other hand, breaks a captured prisoner's nose (cruel and unusual by today's standards) and then acts as a judge in a case he couldn't be neutral for. I could see why Bart should be sheriff in the movie; I don't see why he's sheriff here. And I certainly don't see why this pilot should have been made into a series.


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