Cinema: Hi-Ho, Mel

BLAZING SADDLES

Directed by MEL BROOKS

Screenplay by MEL BROOKS, NORMAN STEINBERG, ANDREW BERGMAN, RICHARD PRYOR,ALAN UGER

A certain number of sissies are bound to go around condescending to Blazing Saddles as a comedy of less than perfect form. They will note that it lacks the careful construction and polished wit that are often cited by essentially humorless people, usually to justify the minor cultural sin of having a good time at a movie that is less than 35 years old and does not star either the Marx Brothers or W.C. Fields.

It is easy...