Evil Roy Slade [DVD] [1971]

  • SKU: 16375897
  • Release Date: 01/08/2008
  • Rating: NR
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Evil Roy Slade
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Edie Adams
    Edie Adams - Flossie
  • Luana Anders
    Luana Anders - Alice Fern
  • John Astin
    John Astin - Evil Roy Slade
  • Pamela Austin
    Pamela Austin - Betsy Potter
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    Leonard Barr - Crippled Man

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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    A hilarious movie about a villain who tries to go straight to please the girl who loves him. Without much success. Comedy at its best.

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    Funniest Movie Ever


    We used to watch this in college when it would come on late at night. Gut laughing, tears. You will enjoy this if you like movies like Dumb and Dumber, etc.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent western!

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    We knew this movie was one of the oldies, but we love it and were so happy to see it was available on BestBuy.com.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great DVD

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    I enjoyed watching the old movies. I bought it for my Husband

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