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Blazing Saddles (1974)

Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks' legendary western parody, was made in the mid-seventies, when political correctness was not yet an issue. It offers farting cowboys, Yiddish speaking Indians, raunchy jokes about men and women, and racist jokes about most people living on the face of this planet. They don’t make ‘m any more like this, neither the film nor the  jokes.

# A sheriff, a gunslinger and a titwillow
The story goes (more or less) as follows: The route of the Railroad had to be changed because it ran into quicksand, and will now go through a frontier town called Rock Ridge, where all inhabitants are called “Johnson” (Don’t ask me why). Legal advisor Hedley Lamarr (Hedley, not Hedy) plans to drive the Johnsons out of their homes with the help of a bunch of ruffians, led by the clumsy Taggart (played by a particularly funny Slim Pickens). When the townspeople ask the governor to appoint a new sheriff, Lamarr tells him to pick a convicted black railroad worker for the job. He reckon…

The Left Handed Gun (1958)