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Evil Roy Slade (1972)

1972 was a good year for entertaining films, and this entry, Evil Roy Slade, is just that, being one of the funniest films ever. A Western spoof starring the inimitable John Astin, late of The Addams Family, it also features Mickey Rooney, Henry Gibson, and other comedy talents of the time.

Be sure to catch the scene at 13:36, which would have made Mel Brooks blush. Meanwhile, the dialogue beginning at 8:24 is maybe The.Greatest.Ever.

John Astin actually made two Western comedies, the latter one of the most memorable films ever, with its Molly-be-damned, but I'll save that one for later.


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I remember seeing it on TV and loving it. But back then, I was a junior in high school and what passed for irreverent comedy was in. I've had fond recollections for this movie. Watching it in its entirety for the first time since 1972 was a real eye opener. It really was a pretty lame TV movie. John Astin and Dick Shawn always a treat to watch. However, the rest of the cast seemed to be there only because they used to be famous (Rooney & Berle) or were trendy (Gibson & DeLuise). There were some funny moments, however, Evil Roy Slade is nowhere near as funny as I remembered it.
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I think you seriously over rated that movie. I just watched the entirety on You Tube, and as a western comedic parody, I think not as good as Blazing Saddles, which will probably never be surpassed, since PC excludes any PC racial humor.

As a John Astin fan, I love it. Watching it for the first time in decades, it is refreshing to see it again.
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