A parody of numerous westerns, Blazing Saddles is Mel Brooks' best known movie. A town full of people named Johnson stands in the way of the railroad, and a somewhat unscrupulous politician wants to buy the land that the railroad is to be built on. So he tries to make the townspeople want to leave by sending gangs through the town. When this plan fails, he sends the first Black sheriff in the West to them, thinking it will make them leave. But the sheriff, a reformed alcholic outlaw, and the entire town decide to stand against the politician's forces.
This film was nominated in 1975 for Oscars for Best Film Editing, Best Music Song, and Best Supporting Actress (Madeline Kahn).
In the scene where the poster for Lili von Schtupp is shown, the background music is "Springtime for Hitler", from The Producers.
The stinkin' badges line is from "Treasure of the Sierra Madre".
The word schtup (as in Lili von Schtup) is Yiddish slang for 'has sex with'.
Mel has a cameo appearance as a biker in the line of criminals.