Episode 35 - I used to be called the Waco KidThe Wilder Ride is a podcast where we celebrate and explore the films of Gene Wilder, using the ​movies by minutes format. We have grown up seeing Gene Wilder play everything from a scientist, to a gunslinger, to a man infatuated by a woman in red, to Mr. Willy Wonka himself. But always, at the heart, there is a depth and a warmth of a real human being bringing those roles to life in such a way as to leave an indelible impression in our hearts and minds.

We want to help others relive and/or rediscover those films, while hopefully turning a younger generation onto one of the most gifted performers to have graced the silver screen. Movies like Young Frankenstein, The Woman in Red, Silver Streak, Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Frisco Kid and Haunted Honeymoon represent such a wide range of characters and story lines where Gene Wilder took on a role and made it his own. Spending time doing a deep dives into these films, one minute of the movie at a time, is rewarding just on its own merits. But, along the way, we invite a wide variety of guests to join us on our Wilder Ride!

We appreciate you taking time to visit our site and to learn a little more about us, our guests and our efforts to bring this project to life. It takes a lot of work, energy and time to bring each episode to life. But, as they say in theatre, it is all for naught if no one is in the audience. So, we thank you again for being out there and for listening.

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We feel like we cannot say it enough, so we will say it again — THANK YOU! Our aim is to do justice to the films and the memory of Gene Wilder and have a lot of fun and even more laughs along the way. We really hope, it will be a wild ride that gets “Wilder” by the minute!


Season Two – Blazing Saddles

Welcome to season two - Blazing Saddles

It’s hard to believe, but we are just now coming up on the first full year since The Wilder Ride first began recording season one, Young Frankenstein, and here we are, releasing season two — Blazing Saddles! Our season will have a new episode drop each weekday with the final minute hitting just in time for 4th of July. We have a huge, nationwide fireworks display planned to help celebrate.

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interview with actor Burton Gilliam - Blazing Saddles

 


Here is what the long-time Chicago Sun Times critic, Roger Ebert, said about Blazing Saddles:

There are some people who can literally get away with anything — say anything, do anything — and people will let them. Other people attempt a mildly dirty joke and bring total silence down on a party. Mel Brooks is not only a member of the first group, he is its lifetime president. At its best, his comedy operates in areas so far removed from taste that (to coin his own expression) it rises below vulgarity. Blazing Saddles is like that. It’s a crazed grab-bag of a movie that does everything to keep us laughing except hit us over the head with a rubber chicken. Mostly, it succeeds. It’s an audience picture; it doesn’t have a lot of classy polish and its structure is a total mess. But of course! What does that matter while Alex Karras is knocking a horse cold with a right cross to the jaw? The movie is, among other things, a comedy Western. The story line, which is pretty shaky, involves some shady land speculators who need to run a railroad through Rock Ridge, and decide to drive the residents out. The last thing they want there is law and order, and so the crooks send in a black sheriff (Cleavon Little), figuring the townspeople will revolt. Determined that Blazing Saddles wouldn’t end slowly, Brooks has provided for it a totally uninhibited Hollywood fantasy that includes a takeoff on “Top Hat,” a scene at Graumann’s Chinese Theater, a pie fight and, of course, a final fadeout into the sunset.

– Roger Ebert (1942-2013)