Gene Wilder made some of his best films with another talented funny man, Richard Pryor. The first was Silver Streak, a crime comedy on a train. In this tale of art forgers and murder, Wilder’s character, book editor George Caldwell, ends up chased by criminals, tossed in jail, and eventually on the run with petty criminal Grover Muldoon (Pryor). Of course from there hilarity ensues.
From crime to prison, a case of mistaken identity leads the team of Wilder and Pryor to prison in the 1980 film Stir Crazy. Filled with silly antics involving other criminals and a crooked warden, Wilder’s Skip Donahue eventually ends up the new star attraction for the upcoming prison rodeo.