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  • Blazing saddles


  • A new railroad will have to be rerouted through the town of Rock Ridge in order to avoid quicksand. Realizing this will make the town worth millions, the evil Hedley Lamarr plots to force the residents to leave. He sends his goons to shoot the sheriff and trash the town. The townspeople demand that Governor William J. Le Petomane appoint a new sheriff to protect them. Lamarr persuades Petomane to appoint Bart, a Black railroad worker, reasoning that a Black sheriff will offend the residents of Rock Ridge, and leave the town at his mercy. Bart enlists the aid of the town drunk, a former gunslinger known as the "Waco Kid", and saves the town by outwitting Lamarr, his man, Mongo, hired seductress, Lili von Shtüpp, and a whole army of Lamarr's thugs.


  • Brooks, Mel, 1926- film director, screenwriter.
  • Hertzberg, Michael, film producer.
  • Steinberg, Norman, screenwriter.
  • Bergman, Andrew, screenwriter author.
  • Pryor, Richard, 1940-2005, screenwriter.
  • Uger, Alan, screenwriter.
  • Little, Cleavon, actor.
  • Wilder, Gene, 1933-2016, actor.
  • Pickens, Slim, actor.
  • Korman, Harvey, 1927-2008, actor.
  • Kahn, Madeline, actor.
  • Biroc, Joseph, 1903-1996, cinematographer.
  • Wooley, Peter, 1934- production designer.
  • Morris, John, 1926-2018, composer, conductor.
  • Greene, Danford B., film editor.
  • Howard, John C., 1930-1983, film editor.
  • Crossbow Productions, production company.
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- ) film distributor.
  • Warner Home Video (Firm) film distributor.

Created / Published

  • United States : Warner Bros., 1974 ; [United States : Warner Home Video, 1983?]


  • -  Land speculation--West (U.S.)--Humor
  • -  Political corruption--West (U.S.)--Humor
  • -  African American men--Employment--Humor
  • -  Sheriffs--West (U.S.)--Humor
  • -  West (U.S.)--Race relations--Humor
  • -  Railroads--West (U.S.)--Humor


  • Western films
  • Comedy films
  • Feature films
  • Fiction films
  • Videodiscs


  • -  Originally released theatrically by Warner Bros. in 1974.
  • -  Copyright notice on videodisc jacket: Warner Bros., Inc. ; 1974.
  • -  Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks, Burton Gilliam, Alex Karras, David Huddleston, Liam Dunn, John Hillerman, Dom DeLuise, Count Basie.
  • -  Story by Andrew Bergman ; director of photography, Joseph Biroc ; production designer, Peter Wooley ; music composed and conducted by John Morris ; film editors, Danford Greene, John C. Howard ; set decoration, Morey Hoffman.
  • -  Filmed in Burbank, California, Rosamond, California, and the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Agua Dulce, California from March 6, 1973 to May, 1973.
  • -  Parts of summary from Wikipedia.
  • -  Reissue date is date for videodisc jacket packaging.
  • -  LC videodisc copy is a reissue.
  • -  On videodisc jacket: 1001LV.
  • -  LC also holds a 35 mm. viewing print in the Copyright Collection.
  • -  This film was selected for the National Film Registry.
  • -  Sources used: videodisc jacket; Eagan, D. America's film legacy, 2010, p. 701-702; Internet movie database, September 15, 2020; Wikipedia WWW site, viewed September 15, 2020; New York times, February 8, 1974, p. L-21, viewed September 15, 2020 via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.


  • viewing copy 1 videodisc of 1 (optical) (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 in.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • DAA 1327 (viewing copy)

Source Collection

  • LC Purchase Collection (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 96508403

Online Format

  • web page
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Brooks, Mel, Film Director, Screenwriter, Michael Hertzberg, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Alan Uger, Cleavon Little, et al. Blazing Saddles. composeds by Morris, John, Conductor, , produceds by Crossbow Productionsuction Company [United States: Warner Bros., ; United States: Warner Home Video, 1983?, 1974] Image.

APA citation style:

Brooks, M., Hertzberg, M., Steinberg, N., Bergman, A., Pryor, R., Uger, A. [...] Warner Home Video Film Distributor. (1974) Blazing Saddles. Morris, J., comp, , Crossbow Productionsuction Company, prod [United States: Warner Bros., ; United States: Warner Home Video, 1983?] [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Brooks, Mel, Film Director, Screenwriter, et al. Blazing Saddles. comp by Morris, John, Conductor, , prod by Crossbow Productionsuction Company [United States: Warner Bros., ; United States: Warner Home Video, 1983?, 1974] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.