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He wrote a ton of great lines but they werent generally spoken by his character.. I think it's interesting that he was the executive producer of The Elephant Man...


"Where're all the white women at?"

But my all time favorite movie line ever is also from Blazing Saddles:

"We're gonna have to go back and get us a sh*tload of dimes."


"Elevate me" (Young Frankenstein)


Waaaaayyyy too many to list. My favorite story about that is one he told in a Playboy interview. Everyone knows the the lines, "Is it twoo what they say about you people? It's twoo, it's twoo!"

He said that he had originally written another line there that got nixed by the studio. After Madeleine Kahn says, "It's twoo, it's twoo!", Cleavon Little was supposed to say, "I hate to disillusion you, lady, but that's my arm."


"We would like to extend to you a laurel, and hearty handshake."

Scott P

"The sheriff is near!!!!!!!!"

prairie biker

"Excuse me while I whip this out."

Charles H

"We gotta let the coolness penetrate our vertebrae."

Centurion, pausing from pursuit of the Super Joint chariot in History of the World, Part 1


I hate to say it, but I'm usually disappointed in his movies. *shrug* It's not that I don't enjoy them... it's just that I walk out and feel he went for the easy laugh most of the time. And it feels like eating junk food...tasty while you're eating it, unfilling shortly thereafter.

Feel free to hurl bricks, but the acid test for me is I never find myself flipping to his movies when I see them playing. Again, doesn't mean I don't enjoy them. Just usually not after the first time, if even then.


As an addendum, maybe my acid test isn't the best measure. For example, I LOVE Ornette Coleman, but I am not going to put on one of his records unless I'm in the mood for that style. But film... again, I'll shrug... probably just not the style I prefer...

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