Correction: 'Stinking Badges' and Movies

It turns out that when we cited a famous movie line, we neglected a predecessor to Blazing Saddles.

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ROBERT SMITH, host:

So Madeleine, I hate to bring this up.

MADELEINE BRAND, host:

Yeah?

SMITH: But we got a bunch of e-mails yesterday, taking issue with something we said in yesterday's show.

BRAND: I know. I think it's the most amount of mail we have ever received on this program, or at least it seemed that way. In - it was a story about honorary police badges and we quoted the line, badges, we don't need no stinking badges.

And I think I said it came from the movie "Blazing Saddles."

SMITH: And while that's technically correct, we did ignore the phrase's rich cinematic history. Stinking badges came from a 1927 book, "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." And 21 years later it appeared in the movie version with Humphrey Bogart.

(Soundbite of movie, "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre")

Mr. HUMPHREY BOGART (Actor): (As Fred Dobbs) If you're the police, where are your badges?

Mr. ALFONSO BEDOYA (Actor): (As Gold Hat) Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges.

BRAND: And in 1974, Mel Brooks used a shorter version of the line in "Blazing Saddles."

(Soundbite of movie, "Blazing Saddles")

Unidentified Man (Actor): (As Bandit) Badges? We don't need no stinking badges.

SMITH: And that's the form that became pop culture gold. On TV, all you have to do is place the word stinking in front of a noun and it brings the funny. John Belushi used it on "Saturday Night Live" as a trick-or-treating bee.

(Soundbite of show, "Saturday Night Live")

Unidentified Man (Actor): (As character) Here's some candy and who has the Unicef box?

Mr. BELUSHI: (As Gigantic Bee) We don't have no stinking Unicef. We are the killer bees!

(Soundbite of applause)

BRAND: And to all those people who wrote in demanding we apologize for the error, forget it.

SMITH: Corrections? We don't need no stinking corrections.

BRAND: You did it. You said it. It's so over.

SMITH: Okay, we won't use it anymore.

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