Writer-director Mel Brooks threw joke upon joke upon joke for this send-up of the western genre that included everything from farting cowboys to a little Charlie Kaufman-esque fourth-wall breaking. Along the way he even dealt with the rampant racism of the old west. Cleavon Little, right, played the black sheriff of a frontier town called Rock Ridge, who must team with a drunken gunslinger (Gene Wilder, left) to save the town from a corrupt state attorney general, played by Harvey Korman. The success of this film prompted a series of genre send-ups from Brooks.
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