Evil Roy Slade (1972)





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Overlooked when it first aired February 18, 1972, the made-for-TV Evil Roy Slade has gained a loyal and protective cult following in the past 20 years. The film was the second pilot for a never-sold TV western spoof created by Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson, Sheriff Who?. Actually, it was the second and third pilot, since Evil Roy Slade has been cobbled together from two hour-long films. John Astin is terrific in the title role, playing an outlaw so repulsive that, when he was orphaned and left stranded in the desert as a baby, even the wolves didn't want him! As an adult, Evil Roy Slade can't resist "going the extra mile" in his nastiness: while robbing a bank, he stops to pilfer a fountain pen chained to one of the desks, and the next shot shows Slade riding off into the sunset, dragging the desk behind him. Attempting to reform for the sake of pretty schoolmarm Betsy Potter (Pamela Austin), Slade simply cannot curb his crooked tendencies, so it's up to Dick Shawn as singing Sheriff Bing Bell ("Will somebody please answer that door?") to bring the criminal to justice. Shawn previously appeared in the original 1967 Sheriff Who? pilot as the "fastest interior decorator in the West"; in both films, he's almost unbearably funny. The Marshall/Belson script is full of hilarious running gags and throwaway jokes. Our favorite bit concerns railroad magnate Mickey Rooney's legendary stubby index finger: "They still sing about it around campfires at night," claims Rooney--and indeed, they do. The supporting cast includes such never-fail laughgetters as Milton Berle, Henry Gibson, Dom DeLuise and Edie Adams; also, keep a lookout for John Ritter and Penny Marshall in unbilled bits.
Classics , Comedy , Television , Western , Romance
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John Astin
as Evil Roy Slade
Edie Adams
as Flossie
Dick Shawn
as Marshal Bing Bell
Luana Anders
as Alice Fern
Mickey Rooney
as Nelson L. Stool
Dom DeLuise
as Logan Delp
Pamela Austin
as Betsy Potter
Leonard Barr
as Crippled Man
Milton Berle
as Harry Fern
Pat Buttram
as Narration
Milton Frome
as Foss - Telegrapher
Henry Gibson
as Clifford Stool
Jerry Paris
as Souvenir Salesman
Connie Sawyer
as Aggie Potter
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Critic Reviews for Evil Roy Slade

All Critics (2)

This clumsy farce is funny in places, but the comedy is uneven, with an equal number of hits and misses. It is a kind of tame, low-rent version of 'Blazing Saddles.'

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
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John Astin's performance ... has secured EVIL ROY SLADE a place in many viewers' hearts

October 16, 2006

Audience Reviews for Evil Roy Slade

120831: I laughed a couple times. This film is pretty bad, or pretty dated, or just not funny. I won't totally trash it however.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

Pretty good, but also kinda disappointing. I guess I've just heard so much about this movie that I was expecting a lot more from it. On a side note, though, John Astin makes me laugh so much here--his character looks ridiculous and insane at the same, and his laugh is really comical. The problem with this film is that the writers tried to focus on having a story way too much, and that took away from the movie as a whole.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

I didn't think it was "hee-haw-slap-my-knee/laugh out loud" funny, but in the end, I was sort of amused by the slapstick and lickety-split pacing. Hard to shake John Astin as anybody other than Gomez Adams though, maybe that was my problem. ;)

Jocelyn Gonzales
Jocelyn Gonzales

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