Slay Ride originated as a two-part episode of the 1971-72 series Cade's County. Glenn Ford plays Sam Cade, sheriff of Madrid County, a sprawling southwestern jurisdiction. Cade takes on the case of a young Native American (Tony Bill) who is a "chronic confessor." After the boy claims he has committed murder, he suddenly takes it on the lam, which action results in the arrival of relentless city cop Gerald S. O'Loughlin. Slay Ride was first telecast on January 30 and February 6, 1972.