Evil Roy Slade

Evil Roy Slade

VHS cover for Evil Roy Slade
Written by Jerry Belson
Garry Marshall
Directed by Jerry Paris
Starring John Astin
Pamela Austin
Mickey Rooney
Dick Shawn
Henry Gibson
Pat Buttram
Theme music composer Murray MacLeod
Stuart Margolin
Jerry Riopelle
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Jerry Belson
Garry Marshall
Running time 97 minutes (approx.)
Original network NBC
Original release February 18, 1972

Evil Roy Slade is a 1972 made-for-television spoof-Western comedy film about the "meanest villain in the West". It was directed by Jerry Paris and co-produced and co-written by Garry Marshall.


Orphaned and left in the desert as an infant, Evil Roy Slade (John Astin) grew up alone—save for his teddy bear—and mean. As an adult, he is notorious for being the "meanest villain in the West", so he's thrown for quite a loop when he falls for sweet schoolteacher Betsy Potter (Pamela Austin). Nelson L. Stool (Mickey Rooney), a railroad tycoon, along with his dimwitted nephew Clifford (Henry Gibson), attempts to get revenge on Evil Roy Slade for repeatedly robbing him, and sets out to hire legendary retired singing-sheriff Marshal Bing Bell (Dick Shawn) to bring Slade to justice.


Cult classic

Although it was a 1970s made-for-TV movie, many baby boomers consider the film a cult classic. Some popular quotes are "He's a born showman", "A dead neighbor and all six apples", and "Your ruby red lips taste like prairie dust". Its rapid-paced style of humor can also be seen in many later films, most notably Airplane!.

Evil Roy Slade was released on DVD in January, 2008.

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