The Waco Kid's chess piece trick, Blazing Saddles
Mel Brooks' Western is known for having it all: pitch-perfect genre spoofs, lewd innuendos, politically incorrect race jokes, loud farts, and musical numbers. Less appreciated are Wilder and Cleavon Little's rapport as Waco Kid and Sheriff Bart, respectively. Forged with sight gags and wordplay, these two develop real friendship, an actor's take on comedy that made Wilder's work stand above the rest. In one of their first scenes, Wilder plays his hiccuping, heroic introduction totally straight (and leaves us in stitches).