Blazing Saddles Film Night – Friday 4th November 2016

Saddles ablaze at Lamplugh Village Hall!

Passing drivers could have been excused for thinking they were in Laramie rather than Lamplugh on the first Friday evening of November as arrivals for the Village Hall’s latest film night enthusiastically accepted the challenge to “wear western gear”.

In a variety of broad brimmed hats, colourful shirts and even the odd bandana, an audience of over 40 sat down to a supper of sausage and beans in preparation for a viewing of Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 comedy western, “Blazing Saddles”.

The jokes came thick and fast as the town of Rock Ridge, a town populated almost entirely by people called Johnson, gave a less than enthusiastic welcome to their first black sheriff (played by Cleavon Little). Installed by corrupt local bigwig, Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman), our hero endured numerous indignities – including some politically incorrect language unlikely to make it into a modern film – before teaming up with the Waco Kid, (Gene Wilder), and outwitting the bad guys to save the town from being knocked down to make way for the railroad.

Although the plot and the main characters provided many of the laughs, some of the best came from anachronisms – from a Jewish Red Indian (Mel Brooks), to the sudden appearance of Count Basie and his orchestra and a unit of German soldiers from the second world war. The whole cast eventually wound up on a Hollywood set interrupting a 1940’s style musical.

Judging by the laughter level, the audience thoroughly enjoyed the evening of western entertainment and the Village Hall committee was relieved to note that the beans did not have the same effect on them, as they did on the cowboys of Rock Ridge!