With this 1974 western spoof, Mel Brooks abandoned the sweetly sentimental tone of his first two movies, The Producers and The Twelve Chairs, for the manic vulgarity that would become his cinematic calling card. Cleavon Little stars as the black sheriff of a frontier town (Brooks couldn’t sell the studio on Richard Pryor, still relatively unknown at the time), and Gene Wilder is his ally, the Waco Kid. With Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Dom DeLuise, and Alex Karras.