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August 29, 2016


This is a crappy year, as measured by losing talented people. So just watch this scene, and note what genuine comedic genius looks like.


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R.I.P., Gene. So many fond memories. *sob*

A loss of a tremendous and irreplaceable talent. RIP, sir. Dave links to one of many priceless scenes.

I agree we have lost a lot of people this year.

♪ Puttin' on the Ritz! ♬

We'll miss him.

Pogo: ♪ Puttin' on the Ritz! ♬

"Bput...deh gandle...BEK!"

When I read about Gene's passing it was like another star in the sky went dark. R.I.P., Gene, we will miss you SO much.

open this G0dd@mn DOOR!!!

He was quite [the] dandy in Start the Revolution Without Me too.

He had so many great scenes in this movie as well as Blazing Saddles and The Producers. He is still the only real Leo Bloom.

I'm one of the half-dozen people in America who's never found Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein funny. I like his more serious work, and of course he is the only real Willy Wonka. R.I.P. Mr. Wilder.

I'm sure Gilda was waiting for him at the door.

I hope he gets to cash in his Golden Ticket. He's earned it.

But please, no Oompa-Loompas up there? All that singing might keep the angels awake.

R.I.P. Mr. Wilder. Thanks for all the amazing laughs. I know you and Gilda are "Puttin' on the Ritz" as Peter Boyle watches.

Am I the only one who remembers Frisco Kid?
Chick'n, chick'n, chick'n
I dont want to hurt you.
I just want to eat you.

you just keep you eyes on this tukhas.

We lost another great one.

He could make mediocre material shine. Together with Gilda again, at last.

But this scene still reminds me that Teri Garr had great knockers! :)

Blazing Saddles was probably the first movie I ever saw, before I was old enough to remember. It came to mind recently with these fools and their Poke Mongo craze...

Don't poke Mongo. (PG for language; another, slightly longer version was PG-13 for language)

I'll never look at this scene without a bit of ironic sentiment included with my laughter.

“I'm from Wisconsin. Where the cheese comes from!”
Gene as the hostage in Bonnie & Clyde

Pogo & Ralph,

Many years ago, when I was working at a small town newspaper, one of the guys was whistling that tune, and when he got to that certain point, five of us, as if on cue, sang in Peter Boyle's monster voice "puttin on the ritz!". The publisher was in the next room getting a cup of coffee and laughed, "you people are crazy!"

Rest in peace, Dr Fronkenshteen.

Strangely enough, on a side note, after seeing an interview of his a few years ago, I mentioned out loud that he looks like he was developing Alzheimers...a nasty way to go.

Great story, Spiny Norman.

Sorry to see him go again. I recall his first death, a few -3 or 4-years ago. Very talented and will be missed.

No! I loved Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. He was so talented. It's just not fair. He may be gone but I guarantee he'll never be forgotten.

Just by chance I watched the Producers again the other day. Gene and Zero. Masterpiece. It was one of those sad moments to hear of his passing yesterday morning.

One could hope it is a prank, funny. Just like in the movie, Another You he could have died earlier.

Sorry to see you go.

I miss co-star Richard Pryor, too.
And Gilda.

BY the way, Mel is very much alive and doing a one-nighter on Broadway.

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