BLAZING SADDLES, 1974
visit the film locations
Warner Bros VIP Studio Tour, 4000 Warner Boulevard off the Ventura Freeway, Burbank (tel: 001/818.954.1951)
Grauman's Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard (Hollywood/Highland, Metro Red Line)
Blazing Saddles location: Hedley Lamarr commands allegiance: Vasquez Rocks, southern California
The most raucously sidesplitting Mel Brooks movie, graced with a message of anti-racism.
The climax, with Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) commanding allegiance from his assorted bad guys, is at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, 10700 West Escondido Canyon Road, near Agua Dulce Springs, southern California. The striking formation can be seen in lots of other films, including The Flintstones and Star Trek (2009).
But the starring role in the big fight scene goes to the backlot at Warner Bros. See it for yourself on the excellent Warner Bros VIP Studio Tour, 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank.
Blazing Saddles location: Hedley Lamarr gets a cab to the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles
Lamarr gets a cab at the studio entrance: “Drive me off this picture!”, to the fabulous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard.
The theatre opened in 1929 with the premiere of Cecil B DeMille’s King of Kings and you’ll hardly need reminding of the 180 or so hand-, foot-, nose- and whatever-prints of the famous gracing its forecourt, the tradition begun accidentally (oh yeah), by Norma Talmadge, Mary Pickford or Douglas Fairbanks Sr, according to which version of the legend you choose to believe.