The Wilder Ride
Summary: A podcast where we discuss and celebrate the films of Gene Wilder, one minute at a time. In season two, we dive into the Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder classic comedy, Blazing Saddles, starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks, Burton Gilliam and Alex Karras. Season one covered Young Frankenstein.
Our guest is radio talk host, BK on the Air. We open discussing one of Alan's dogs, Riley, deciding to eat a bottle of Advil. It was a crazy, dare we say, wild, few days following the incident. We are happy to say, Riley is still alive and with us, which only helps to make the story more entertaining. Once BK joins, we get to learn about his passion for talk as well as when and where it began. The episode moves to some funny news items and they wrap with some podcast shout-outs.
This is the "pilot" episode of our new format, which we are calling The Wilder Ride Listeners Lounge. We decided to try it without a guest and if all goes well, we look to add someone new to the line-up each week. The goal is to keep it to as close to an hour each episode. Today we spent a few minutes chatting about our lives since the last recording. We then jumped into some odd or funny news stories before launching into movies and shows we've watched. We wrap with a few podcast shout outs.
In our continued lockdown from Covid-19, Walt and Alan discuss movies and perhaps a change in the format of the show given the challenges we've all faced. Buckle up and enjoy some fun banter about a bunch of movies still yet to be released in the theater. They also give some reading suggestions and a couple of podcast shout-outs.
In an effort to give our listeners some suggestions for movie binge watching or podcast binge listening, we decided to chat about some of our favorite pandemic and disaster films. We also discuss things new to Netflix and close with some podcast recommendations.
This year was our 5th year to bring a live Halloween show to life on WBHF, AM 1450 and FM 100.3. Hosts Alan Sanders, Walt Murray and BK discussed several Halloween subjects including candy, movies, monsters, ghost stories and Dracula. There two guest segments: Lezlie Sawyer chatted about her acting career and some of her recent cosplay work as Elvira; author, JW Webb discussed his short, The Haven. The evening wrapped with a discussion over which actors have played Dracula the best and worst.
Hosts Alan Sanders and Walt Murray are joined by Susan Delmonico and Brad Stephens to breakdown one of the 100 best comedies of all-time according to the American Film Institute -- Ghostbusters! The first episode is going to be available as a bonus episode to our regular listeners as well as our Patreon subscribers. To get the rest of the weekly episodes, you will need to join us at Patreon.com/TheWilderRide and subscribe at The Waco Kid level or higher.
In this first episode, hosts Alan Sanders and Walt Murray are joined by their wives, Susan Delmonico and Amy Murray, to discuss the beloved film, The Princess Bride. As part of our Patreon season, instead of breaking the film down minute-by-minute, we opt for a more relaxed and open discussion of the film, the actors and some of the behind-the-scenes stories we have researched. We hope you enjoy this month's Patreon special as we bring you a new episode each and every Wednesday during the off-season.
This season, we opted for a new approach. Instead of moving through the movie in sequence, hosts Alan and Walt, along with guests, Susan Delmonico and Brad Stephens, kick back and talk about the film. It's a new and refreshing way for the listener to enjoy hearing our Wilder Ride take on this classic Cohen Brothers movie. The first episode is going to be available as a bonus episode. To get the rest of the weekly episodes, you will need to join us at Patreon.com/TheWilderRide and subscribe.
In this bonus episode to our season two coverage of Blazing Saddles, we were thrilled to be able to interview actor Burton Gilliam about playing the role of Lyle. We covered a range of topics, including how he got into the movie Paper Moon, meeting Madeline Kahn and quitting his job as a firefighter. We discuss all of his major scenes in the film as well as his friendships with Alex Karras, Slim Pickens and Burt Reynolds.
Now that Blazing Saddle (the movie) is complete, we bring you a bonus recap of season two and a tease for season three. Several guests returned to give their thoughts on this past season. Walt and Alan provide additional thoughts and commentary before announcing the big reveal. After playing the trailer, our hosts sign off for their hiatus. However, they announce plans to cover 4-6 movies before the start of season three, all via their Patreon page. Thanks to everyone who was part of our Wilder Ride!
Walt and Alan take the time in the final episode to go through the final seconds of the film and the 30 seconds of end credits. While going through the finale, they discuss the actors and some of their favorite lines and moments from the movie. By the end, they set the stage for one final bonus episode still to come.
Our penultimate episode continues with Sheriff Bart and The Waco Kid riding their horses into the setting sun. As they get down the trail, they meet up with a Cadillac. They driver gets out while the passenger grabs the horses. The driver opens the doors for Bart and Jim. Once inside, the limo speeds off and continues their ride into the sunset.
Bart admits he's leaving because things have gotten pretty dull. Revered Johnson gets emotional with his goodbye. This leads Mongo to also get a little emotional. Charlie wishes Bart well and as he slaps five with the Sheriff, Bart tells them all to keep the faith. As Bart rides to the edge of town, we see the Waco Kid. He asks Bart where he's headed. Bart simply says, "Nowhere special." The Waco Kid pushes his hat up and looks off into the West. "Nowhere special. I always wanted to go there."
We open with Hedley commenting about the stuntwork of Douglas Fairbanks. He falls over and into what appears to be fresh concrete. The Waco Kid notes Bart shot the bad guy. They look down and see Hedley has written his name in the fresh concrete and added a dollar sign. They decide to go into the theater to check out the rest of the movie. We shift to the town of Rock Ridge, circa 1874. Howard Johnson implores Sheriff Bart to stay. Bart says his work there is done. The whole town then call him on his BS.
The episode opens with a woman standing in Hedy Lamarr's shoes. Hedley walks by, correcting her as he heads into the theater. Hedley rushes to the counter to buy some Raisinets. The movie is already playing on the screen. Hedley sees Bart arriving on horseback. He spits out a mouthful of Raisinets and leaves, only to be confronted by Bart. "Ok, Lamarr, go for your gun!" Hedley says he's unarmed. Bart drops his gun. Hedley remembers he is armed and shoots. Bart dives, grabs his gun and shoots Hedley.