Silver Streak (1976) on #laughbreak


Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder together for the first time in “Silver Streak”

Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder star in this 1976 movie you can watch for free

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Let’s go back to 1976 for the first pairing of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder starring together along in “Silver Streak”

I don’t care what anybody says, Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder together are definitely the most under-rated comedy duo of all time.  While both of these amazingly talented souls have since passed (Wilder in 2016, Pryor, a decade earlier in 2005), they left behind an amazing body of work while they were here over 4 decades.

In 1974, Pryor was supposed to work opposite Wilder in “Blazing Saddles” but the studio was leery of Pryor’s drug and alcohol issues so they cast Cleavon Little.  Pryor still had a hand in the writing of the movie which you can watch here and in our app.

Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be the last time a decision was made to not cast Pryor with Wilder.  In a 2013 interview with John Landis, he had said that the 1983 movie “Trading Places” was written with Wilder and Pryor in mind but again, the drugs and the freebasing incident made him think differently which is why it went to Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.

On the screen, they were just as much in synch as Burt and Dom, Abbott & Costello and all the other greats before and after them.  Their screen chemistry was perfect.

Silver Streak was a comedy thriller film about a murder on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train journey directed by Sidney Poitier and released the same year Pryor lit himself on fire while freebasing.

The movie was directed by Arthur Hiller and stars Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, and Richard Pryor, with Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty, Clifton James, and Richard Kiel in supporting roles.

This was the first movie Wilder and Pryor did together, they also starred in Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Another You.

Combined, their movies grossed over 180 million dollars at the box office.

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Sal Amato

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