Go, badgers!?

  • In Mel Brooks’s Western Blazing Saddles ( 1974), the line was delivered as “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.”
  • In Charles Swenson’s animated film Down and Dirty Duck (1974), a stereotypical Mexican mouse character, wearing a sombrero and a bandolier (probably in a parody of Speedy Gonzales), speaks the line as “I don’t want your stinkin’ badges!”
  • In the film The Ninth Configuration (1980), when the asylum patients are quoting lines from movies, one quotes “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.”
  • In the sketch-comedy film Elephant Parts (1981), one of the fake ad sequences portrays “an authentic Mexican bandito in a Mexican-American restaurant,” whose sole line is “Nachos? We don’t need no stinkin’ nachos!”
  • In the movie Gotcha! (1985), the character Manolo says “Don’t show me your badges; we don’t know nothing about no stinking badges.”
  • The movie Troop Beverly Hills (1989) contains the line “We don’t need no stinkin’ patches.”
  • In the “Weird Al” Yankovic film UHF (1989), when animal show host Raul (Trinidad Silva) is asked to take a consignment of badgers, he says “Badgers? Badgers?! We don’t need no stinking badgers!”
  • In the film Flashback (1990), as the hooker is undressing the FBI agent, she discards his badge saying “We don’t need no stinkin’ badges.”
  • In the Ron Howard film Backdraft (1991), William Baldwin’s character tries to refresh his nephew’s memory by using a hand puppet to exclaim, “Spinach? We don’t need no stinkin’ spinach!”
  • In the film No Code of Conduct (1998) Paul Gleason’s character says in a bad Mexican accent “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”, then goes on to sheepishly mention that he was quoting from the 1974 film Blazing Saddles.
  • In the film Bubble Boy (2001), when Jimmy offers Danny Trejo’s character Slim patches for his motorcycle’s flat tire he responds, “Patches? I could use some stinking patches.”
  • In the film Zombie Strippers (2008), when Paco (Joey Medina) is told to obtain some wild animals to dispose of the bodies, he says, “Badgers? Badgers? We don’t need no stinking badgers.”
  • In the film 6 Underground (2019), Three says the line while breaking into the enemy stronghold and going past the security desk.
  • In Spike Lee’s American war drama film Da 5 Bloods (2020), when Desroche’s gunmen first try to dispossess the Bloods of the recovered gold bars, the leader of the gunmen tells Paul, “We don’t need no stinking official badges.”
  • In the film “Fatherhood”(2021) Matt (Kevin Hart) and his daughter say “Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’ rules.” many times throughout the film.
    • In the Stephen King novel It (1986), character Richie Tozier repeatedly says, in a poor imitation of a Mexican accent, “Batches? We don’t need no steeking batches.”
    • In the Stephen King novel Bag of Bones the narrator describes his denial of having writer’s block by saying to the reader “Writer’s block? What writer’s block? We don’t got no stinking writer’s block.”
    • The Luis Valdez play I Don’t Have to Show You No Stinkin’ Badges (1987) draws its title from this quote, and makes a specific reference to Sierra Madre.
    • In Eldest (2005), the second novel in Christopher Paolini’s The Inheritance Cycle series, a cobbler named Loring eschews the use of barges as a means of human transportation, saying, “Barges? We don’t want no stinking barges.” My mother always told me to keep my mouth shut unless I was eschewing. 
    • In William S. Burroughs’ report on the 1968 Democratic Convention for Esquire magazine, Burroughs has a cop demand to see the permit of the candidate’s entourage. The response is: “Permits? We don’t have any permits. We don’t have to show you any stinking permits. You are talking, suh, to the future President of America.”
    • The song “Badges” (1984) by Minutemen quoted the line as “We have no badges…we don’t need no badges…we don’t need no stinking badges”. I mean I didn’t stink at basketball, but in truth I was more of a minuteman than a gamer. 

    • The song “Medicine Show” (1985) by Big Audio Dynamite sampled the quote by Alfonso Bedoya from the film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The song prominently featured quotes sampled from other westerns as well, including several by or making reference to the Eli Wallach character Tuco from the film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. This association — as well as the similarity of voice and accent employed by both actors in their respective bandito roles — reinforces the common misconception that Wallach delivered the famous line.
    • Julian Cope’s semi-eponymous song “Julian H Cope” from his album Jehovahkill (1992) featured the line: “Badges? Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges! So sissified, civilised, I want to be a savage”.
    • The 2 Skinnee J’s song “The Good, the Bad, and The Skinnee” (1998) from the album SuperMercado! features the line “Badges, we don’t need no stinking badges” sung as a refrain five times in a row. Oh that’s weird I was confusing this group with the Toyes who wrote and recorded “Smoke Two Joints” not to be confused with a report in a local rag about turning a sporting goods store the size of a Safeway into a cannabis store; and to my point about self-governance, Palo Alto is a place where libertarians wanted to legalize marijuana. 
    • At the beginning of the song “Big Fat Money” off the album Balance by Van Halen, someone (probably Bruce Fairbairn) asked, “Al, you want a click on this one?” to which Alex Van Halen replied, “I don’t need no stinkin’ click!” Although personally I’d take the Cline brothers Nels and Alex over the VHs. 
    • The New York-based jam band moe often uses the line humorously during a pause in their song “Mexico” when playing it live.
    • The Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers song “Barons to Break,” from the album Native Heart (2017), includes the line in the chorus.
    • The Ian Brown song “Little Seed, Big Tree” has the phrase at the beginning of the song.


    • In the episode “It’s a Nice Place to Visit” (September, 1967) of The Monkees, Micky Dolenz delivers the line as “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges”.
    • In the episode “Filthy Pictures” (1980) of WKRP In Cincinnati, Johnny Fever is telling a story “I said show me some badges, and the guy says, Badges! Uh, we don’t need no stinking badges”.
    • In a 1983 episode of Wizards and Warriors, the character Marko (played by Walter Olkewicz) delivers a spoof of the line as “Badgers? We don’t need no stinkin’ badgers”. Never heard of it but I am sticking to a format of bold-facing the term “badger” which can also mean annoy. 
    • In the episode “There Goes the Neighborhood”(December 3, 1985) of The A-Team, Murdock reacts to fake badges with “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges”.
    • In the episode “Sledge in Toyland” (December 3, 1987) of Sledge Hammer!, Sledge and his partner arrive at the office of the murdered toy tycoon and the security guard sticks a visitor’s badge on his chest. Sledge throws it on the counter saying: “Heeeey, I don’t need no sticking badges.”
    • In the episode “Darkstar Rising” (2008) of Ben 10: Alien Force, when Kevin is lamenting the loss of his plumber’s badge, Ben says, “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.”
    • In a 2014 episode of Transformers: Rescue Bots, Kade Burns says “Badgers? We don’t need no stinking badgers.” according to Wikipedia (and I almost wrote “accordion to” in a referernce to Weird Al, whose new movie features a kid from Harry Potter, talk about shtick!)
    • In an episode (season 1, episode 2: “A Better Mousetrap”) of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, Michelangelo intones, “Chill, bro — we don’t need no stinking surface world.”
    • In the Salute Your Shorts episode “The Treasure of Sara Madre” (1991), the gang is digging for buried treasure, and Z.Z. finds a junior park ranger’s badge, about which Michael states, “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!”
    • In the Friends Season 8 episode “The One with the Baby Shower” (2002), the quote is mentioned as one of Joey’s training questions for the show Bamboozled.
    • In the “A Beautiful Mine” (2003) episode of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Sheen says, “Uh, Libby, I don’t think they need no stinkin’ badges.” This entire episode is a parody of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. And in the movie version of “A Beautiful Mind” some people think the scene with Nash talking to his imaginary friend is actually an indirect way of discussing Nash with Paul J. Cohen. 
    • In the “Stuck with Dick” episode (1998) of 3rd Rock from the Sun, Harry says “Bagels? Bagels? We don’t need no stinkin’ bagels!”. 
    • In the “Ghost in the Machine,” episode 82, season 3 (1986) of The Transformers, the Ghost of Starscream tells Decepticon guards Runabout and Runamuck by saying, “Passes? Passes? I don’t have to show you no stinking passes!”
    • In the TV movie Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!, when asked to see some identification badges, the leader of a group of live action video game players responded with “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”
    • In the episode “Musta Been a Beautiful Baby” (Episode 28, October 13, 1993) of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Scratch and Grounder masquerade as police officers from the “Department of Lost Kids”, and when asked for their badges, reply “Badges? We don’t need no stinking—” before being cut off and thrown out. Which reminds me that I ran into our Chief, Robert Jonsen and he told me that he is from Novato, in Marin County, but spent much of his career in Southern California. He said his poitical influences include Barak Hussein Obama and John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Which reminds me of the time I told Bhi Bhiman, former Paly baseball star, to change his name to Bho Bhoman. 
    • In the episode “Gumby with a Pokey” (Season 7, Episode 21, May 17, 2010) of Two and a Half Men, Berta and Charlie are quoting movies while high, and Berta says the line “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” using a popsicle as a mustache.
    • In the episode “Blood Drive” (Season 5, Episode 18, March 5, 2009) of The Office, Michael is talking at a Valentine’s Day singles party and says “Relationships? We don’t need no stinkin’ relationships!”


    • In the Broadway production of American Idiot, between the songs “St. Jimmy” and “Give me Novocaine” the character, St. Jimmy, proclaims that “We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” before Johnny and Whatsername initiate an intimate moment in the center stage bed. American Idiot which was influenced or begat I guess you could say by “Passing Strange” whose creator Mark Stew Stewart made his NorCal debut in September, 1995 at the Cubberley Auditorium. Cubberley which has three perfectly fine gyms, I’m just saying. 
  • So that is  46 previous references to a scene from the Humphrey Bogart movie “treasure of the Sierra Madre” about authority and those who dissemble. I meant no offense, however my previous letter was interpreted.
  • I also played basketball for Gunn High School. Above is former NBA player Michael Finley the former Wisconsin Badger. Finley who played more than 1,000 NBA games and averaged nearly 16 points per outing. 2x all star

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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