Quote of the Week

The Brooklyn-born Carey was physically imposing—a strapping 6’4”—making him ideal for roles as brutish heavies, and he resembled a love child of Nicolas Cage and John Turturro. His penchant for improvisation—bizarre dancing, unscripted outbursts, mumbled nonsense—often got him into trouble with directors and other actors, but made lifelong fans of Jack Nicholson (who wrote Head and likely borrowed elements of Carey’s persona for his performance in The Shining [1980]); [John] Cassavetes (who claimed Carey had the “brilliance of Eisenstein”); and Quentin Tarantino, who considered Carey for the role of crime boss Joe Cabot in Reservoir Dogs (1992).

For mondo video devotees, Carey sealed his immortality with the self-written/produced/directed oddity The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962), which can be characterized as [Elia] Kazan’s A Face in the Crowd (1957) as directed by Ed Wood Jr. The film, which has some of the same proto–John Waters tackiness of The Honeymoon Killers (1970), tells the tale of a bored insurance salesman who becomes an early Elvis-style rockabilly sensation. Noting the frenzy he inspires in his audiences, he begins calling himself “God,” founds a religious cult, and runs for President. Carey and his singularly untalented “band” played their own detuned rock ‘n’ roll in the concert scenes, but the film was scored by a young, pre–Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa. Narrated by the devil and featuring the real God at the climax, Sinner was admired by Elvis himself (who asked Carey for a print) and remains one of Martin Scorsese’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll films.

Andrew Hultkrans, “Carey On”; Art Forum, October 12, 2010

The World's Greatest Sinner

Pic of the Day: “Fade In to Murder” revisited

Ending the week is another look at Tony, the frustrated actor/deli owner of the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder.” We first met Tony on October 10, 1976. Here he is being held up as part of an elaborate murder plan by arrogant TV star Ward Fowler (William Shatner).

Fade In to Murder - 1976

Another great Columbo episode (the last of the three in which Timothy appears), directed by the one and only Bernard L. Kowalski.

Pic of the Day: “Mermaids of Tiburon” revisited

In the midst of a sweltering summer, let’s dive once again into the cool waters of John Lamb‘s Mermaids of Tiburon (1962). Bad guy Milo Sangster looks sneaky as he is about to reveal one of the coveted “flame pearls” to his Mexican sidekick Pepe Gallardo (Jose Gonzales-Gonzales).

Mermaids of Tiburon

“Won’t you believe in me? If you do, there will always be mermaids,” says the Mermaid Queen (Diane Webber). I do believe. Fandor members can watch the full film here!

Video of the Week: “Rumble on the Docks”

This week we’re pleased to bring you another of Timothy’s lesser-seen films in its entirety. It’s the “teenage On the Waterfront,” Rumble on the Docks (1956), directed by Fred F. Sears. Tim has one of his best supporting roles as Frank Mangus, lackadaisical torpedo to waterfront boss Joe Brindo (Michael Granger).

Plus James Darren, Robert Blake, Dan Terranova, and Freddie Bell and His Bellboys! Let’s get ready to rumble!

Pic of the Day: “Tracks” revisited

Kicking off the week is another look at the Airwolf episode “Tracks,” first airing on March 22, 1986. Prof. Paul McClelland, aka “The Cat Man,” is picking off folks he considers a threat to mountain wildlife with a rather fearsome hunting bow. It was Timothy’s last television appearance.

Tracks - 1986

This post is “dedicated” to a most loathsome individual who shall remain nameless.

Quote of the Week

William Finley is an enigmatic actor. He is Ichabod Crane played by Peter Lorre. He’s Harold Lloyd portrayed by Timothy Carey. He’s Max Schreck‘s handsome cousin. […]

Outside of Timothy Carey, who Finley admires, few actors are more skilled at playing world-class oddballs or are more fun to watch doing it.

Justin Humphreys, Interviews Too Shocking To Print! (BearManor Media, 2014)

William Finley in "The Fury" (1978)Echo Park

Pic of the Day: “One-Eyed Jacks” revisited

On the heels of recent news that a restoration of One-Eyed Jacks (1961) is finally taking place, today’s pic revisits Marlon Brando‘s sole directorial effort. Howard Tetley, town drunk and boorish lout, gets lost in the craziness during fiesta time in Monterey.

One-Eyed Jacks

The discussion on the restoration in the link above focuses on color processing, projection specs and aspect ratio, all of which are important of course. But we here at the TCE are far more interested in the possibility of some or all of Timothy’s deleted scenes being restored to the film. Promotional stills do exist for some of these (some of which you can see here on the blog), but whether not the actual footage is still available is another question. In any case, this is great news for film lovers!