Film: The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

A 1972 western film written by John Mikus and directed by John Huston, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean stars Paul Newman during the height of his career.
This movie also marks film débuts for both Victoria Principal as Maria Elena and Steve Kanaly as Lucky Jim.

Outlaw Roy Bean rides into a West Texas border town called “Vinegaroon,” only to be beaten, robbed, have a noose tied around him and let Bean’s horse drag him off by the costumers in the saloon. After Bean’s found and helped by a young woman named Maria Elena, Roy builds a town on the edge of civilization in order to establish his own particular brand of law and order. Returning to take vengeance, Roy Bean finds that he’s the new symbol and law and order in the area. So appointing himself judge, Judge Roy Bean dispenses justice until time and events pass him.


  • Creator Cameo: John Huston plays Grizzly Adams.
  • Evil Albino: Bad Bob
  • The Joy of X
  • Tagline: Two of ‘em –
    If this story ain't true . . . it shoulda been
    Maybe This Isn't The Way It Was - It's The Way It Should Have Been!
  • The Wild West
  • Twilight of the Old West: About how law & order comes to the West... and then the corrupt businessmen following afterward...
  • Unrequited Love: Bean's obsessive love for actress Lily Langtry, which proves his undoing as it distracts him from his faithful Maria and provides a chance for the corrupt Gass to takeover the town in Bean's absence.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Aye.
  • Vigilante Man: Roy Bean, after nearly being killed by the inhabitants of a badlands bar and brothel. He follows up by becoming a "judge" and using his courtroom to keep his vigilante justice going.