Friday, September 14, 2018

Horse Head Has An Idea..."Evil Roy Slade" (1972)


"Evil Roy Slade" (1972) a made-for-television comedy Western filled with silly one-liners and sight gags that predates "Blazing Saddles" by two years. And though not nearly as good, "Evil Roy Slade" has still become somewhat of a campy cult classic.

John Astin plays the main character, Slade..."Sneaking, Lying, Arrogant, Dirty and Evil"...abandoned at birth and raised by vultures. And he valiantly tries to change his “evil” ways when he falls for a pretty customer while robbing a bank.

"Evil Roy Slade" (1972)

Evil Roy mugs the camera more than Gomez from "The Addams Family." But that's okay.  There are plenty of other comedy actors cracking-wise and mostly giving Astin a good run for his mugging money.  There is also a young Larry Hankin as one of Slade's henchmen who simply makes every scene better just being in it.  (See Larry Hankin interview)

For rock fans, the birth of what would later become the classic Loggins & Messina's, “Angry Eyes” can be heard around the 10-minute mark. Jim Messina was asked to contribute a short guitar lick in a scene that hinted at trouble ahead.  It's definitely brief, but I love learning RnR history minutiae like this.  Cool as fark!  (See Jim Messina interview)

"Angry Eyes" - Loggins and Messina / self-titled (1972)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

1 comment:

Pnotunr said...

This shoehorn works pretty good.