Season 2: Episode 70 - Blazing Saddles / High Anxiety
High Anxiety (1977)
Written by a team of writers and directed by Mel Brooks and is a parody of Hitchcock which includes a nod towards The Birds, Spellbound and Vertigo to name a few. The film is dedicated to Alfred Hitchcock.
The film stars Madeleine Kahn, Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman and Dick Van Patten. The film would be a box office smash.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Written by a team and directed by Mel Brooks. The film satirises racism obscured by myth making Hollywood accounts of the Old West.
Hedy Lamarr would sue the film for making fun of her name which Mel Brooks would say he was flattered and the studio would offer her a small fee. The film would break box office records and be considered a comedy classic.
The film stars Madeline Kahn, Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Mel Brooks, Slim Pickens, Dom DeLuise and a cameo by Anne Bancroft.
We are joined by C Derrick Miller, fantastic author of the Taste of Home Series. You can check out C Derrick Miller at the following sites:
Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (3.47); PSA (8.04); Forming the Plot (9.03); Film Trailer (16.32); Lights, Camera, Action (19.46); Forming the Plot (1:03.14); Film Trailer (1:05.38); Lights, Camera, Action (1:09.34); Final Thoughts (1:35.10); End Credits (1:42.36); Closing Credits (1:44.49)
Opening Credit – High Anxiety Main Theme - by John Morris – taken from the album High Anxiety Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Closing Credits – I am Tired – Madeleine Kahn – taken from the album Blazing Saddles Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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