laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 11 20:41:23 UTC 2005
At 1:34 PM -0600 1/11/05, Mullins, Bill wrote:
> > Yes. Even if the Duke himself had no idea, it's possible that
>> the scriptwriter and MG got together for a little inside
>> joke. Like the "Mongo! Santa Maria!" bit in Blazing Saddles.
>Okay, you'll have to explain that one to me.
>Blazing Saddles rewards the careful viewer. I just recently found out
>the origin of
>of the name of Mel Brooks' character: Gov. William J. LePetomaine
>(Le Petomaine was a French music hall performer who could play tunes by
>gas from his lower GI tract, or blow out candles from a few feet away --
>them French are _so_ cultured!)
I think the governor's name must be a blend of Le Petomane (the
actual sobriquet of Pujol, the professional flatulist) and ptomaine.
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