Wednesday, July 16, 2008

We Don't Need No Stink'n Badges

Many people like to make the joke about "Stinkin' Badges." Even the late Pat Morales, founder of The Badge Company of New Jersey, enjoyed quoting this famous movie line. But, thanks to the immense success of Mel Brook's 1974 film, Blazing Saddles, it seems that most people think the line originated there.

No, Brooks was satirizing the 1948 classic, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. This Oscar-winning film by director John Huston stars Humphrey Bogart and is often mentioned among the best films Hollywood has produced. Bogart's character, when confronted by Mexican bandits who claim to be law enforcement Federales, elicits the famous line by asking the bandits to show their badges. Take a look here.

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