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Actor + Director | 40 Great Collaborations In Movies
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Mel Brooks
Gene Wilder

Best Film
The Producers gave us the satirical genius of Bloom and Bialystock, but Blazing Saddles gave us split sides and a grin a mile wide. Those campfire beans, Mongo's candygram, Hedy Lamarr ("It's HEDLEY!!"), that Top Hat punch up, the deliriously silly script ("Our women have been stampeded and our cattle raped!"), and, of course, The Waco Kid. It's stupid, it's juvenile and it's quite, quite brilliant.
Notable Pairings
The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein

What's The Secret Of Their Success?
Gene Wilder jokes that if he hadn't met Mel Brooks, "I might be a patient in some neuro-psychiatric hospital now, looking through bars as I made wallets." Lucky then that the two were introduced by Brooks' girlfriend of the time, Anne Bancroft, and never looked back, striking a bond based on fearless comedy, sharp satire and the odd fart gag.

Were They As Good With Anyone Else?
Wilder forged a decent partnership with Brooks' old writing-partner Richard Pryor and made Willy Wonka his own, but Brooks without Wilder was like Samson without his hair. See Life Stinks for proof.

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