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Blazing Saddles Scene 11

Scene 11

Scene 11

  • Back at Rock Ridge, Bart and Jim return from their successful journey to find everyone in the town packing up to leave. Bart asks why and one of them shows him a "Help Wanted" poster asking for all the worst criminals and thieves in the West. Sound familiar?
  • Bart asks the people for twenty-four hours to come up with a brilliant plan for foiling Hedley Lamarr's new plan.
  • Meanwhile, Hedley and Taggart set up a booth in the desert for interviewing the villains who want to apply to his evil army. From a distance, Jim and Bart watch the men assembling and answering Hedley's job interview questions.
  • Jim and Bart realize they need to get closer to see what's happening, so they beat up a couple of guys in Ku Klux Klan outfits and disguise themselves (and no, no one should feel bad about those dudes getting their clocks cleaned).
  • Bart and Jim walk up to Hedley's registration desk, but when Bart goes to sign his name he reveals his hands and Hedley knows he's black (which doesn't really jibe with being from the Ku Klux Klan).
  • Bart and Jim make a run for it and head for Charlie's tent. Bart tells Charlie to round up the entire work crew and to get all the paint, wood, and building supplies he can get his hands on. Then Bart wants Charlie and the gang to meet him three miles east of Rock Ridge at midnight.
  • Bart goes to meet the people of Rock Ridge in the middle of the night and tells them that they're going to build an exact replica of their town. In other words, they'll create a decoy town for Hedley and his men to destroy.
  • Some say that they don't have the time for a project like that, but at this moment, Bart's friends show up. In exchange for freedom and their own land to farm, Bart's friends are willing to help build the fake town.
  • But no one would ever fall for such a stupid plan, right?