Great moments in cinema

The line “Mongo only pawn…” was written by Richard Pryor, who was originally cast to be the black sheriff in Mel Brooks’ classic, Blazing Saddles. I watch the movie when I need a lift. Good hard laughter is a sleep aid.

The studio overrode Brooks in casting, and the part of Bart, the sheriff, went to Cleavon Little, who did a creditable job.

But we’ll never know what we missed had Pryor gotten the part.

About Mark Tokarski

Just a man who likes to read, argue, and occasionally be surprised.
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