Pic of the Day: “Speedtrap” revisited

For mindless summer drive-in fare, you could hardly do better than Earl Bellamy‘s Speedtrap (1977). Here Larry Loomis, Italian gangster (??), has been sucker-punched by private eye Pete Novick (Joe Don Baker) and is none too happy about it.

Speedtrap

Baker, from Groesbeck, Texas, has been a solid presence in films and on television for nearly fifty years. He hit the big time with Phil Karlson‘s Walking Tall (1973). Rough-and-tumble good guys like cops, cowboys and g-men are his specialty. He previously appeared with Timothy in John Flynn‘s The Outfit (1973).

Quote of the Week

Most movie companies like to get the big action scenes – such as these battles – over with early. But, because of [Bill] Travers‘ accident, Duel at Diablo has had to postpone the battles until his return. So they are shooting the other stuff first.

I watched as James Garner and Timothy Carey acted a fight scene in the sheriff’s office. It was cruelly hot in the little building, under the hot lights. But the two actors didn’t seem to notice.

“Look, Tim,” Garner was saying. “I’ll hold your head like this (he grabbed Carey’s hair and banged a little on the floor). Don’t move too suddenly, because this is a real knife.”

He was sitting on Carey’s back, banging his head on the floor and holding the knife to his neck. A gizmo on the knife squirted red paint – movie blood – when Garner squeezed the knife handle.

They did the scene once, but it was no good – “Tim,” said [director Ralph] Nelson, “you have to fall so we can see the blood.”

It took several takes to get the scene right – the actions, the words and the blood all meshing nicely.

Between each take, they had to sweep up the floor. The red dust of Utah kept seeping up through the boards. And they had to dust off Carey’s front with a whisk broom.

- Dick Kleiner, “Show Beat” column; various newspapers, October/November 1965

*Editor’s note: Timothy must have been let go from Duel at Diablo, as he does not appear in the finished film.

James Garner

James Garner 1928 – 2014

Pic of the Day: “Gypsy Traders” revisited

Today’s pic looks in once again on “Gypsy Traders,” the episode of Cowboy G-Men that first aired on February 28, 1953. The titular gypsies are worried about a big court case that threatens to take away their copper mining rights.

Gypsy Traders - 1953

Timothy must have had some difficulty early in his career trying to figure out what to do with his tall gangly atmosphere player self. What he’s doing there looks really uncomfortable. It does, however, remind me of the old MST3K riff, “This actor’s really using his where.”

Video of the Week: “Teacher of Outlaws”

Here’s one from the archives, in honor of the birthday anniversary of the legendary Barbara Stanwyck. She was born on this date in 1907. It’s the episode of The Big Valley known as “Teacher of Outlaws”, premiering on February 2, 1966 and directed by Michael Ritchie. Timothy has another excellent role as Preacher Clegg, Scripture-quoting outlaw.

It would have been so great to know what Stanwyck thought of working with Tim. When legends collide!

Pic of the Day: “Rumble on the Docks” revisited

Our pic of the day takes another look at Fred F. SearsRumble on the Docks (1956), kind of a teenage On the Waterfront with a side of West Side Story thrown in for good measure. Racketeer Joe Brindo (Michael Granger) and his torpedo Frank Mangus are pleased with the outcome of a big court case.

Rumble on the Docks

Granger had appeared with Timothy three years earlier in Henry Hathaway‘s White Witch Doctor (1953), both of them in don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-’em roles. He became another dependable character actor in films and on television in the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1961 he made several TV appearances, then dropped out of sight until 1977, when he portrayed his final role in an episode of Kojak. What he was up to in that sixteen-year interval is a mystery. He died of a heart attack in 1981, at the age of 58.

Quote of the Week

Tweet’s Ladies of Pasadena may be singular.  Tweets may be plural.  It either refers to a feature-length film or a series of shorts.

Tweet’s Ladies of Pasadena is so obscure that Mike White from Cashiers du Cinemart drove 10+ hours to see a screening in Philadelphia.

Tweet’s Ladies of Pasadena is the work of the late Timothy Carey of World’s Greatest Sinner fame. 

Tweet’s Ladies of Pasadena is so bizarre it makes World’s Greatest Sinner seem like ABC Family fodder.

Tweet’s Ladies of Pasadena is easily the most punishing film going experience of my life. 

- Mike Faloon, “That Which Doesn’t Kill You: Timothy Carey’s Tweets”; Go Metric April 16, 2010 (accessed July 13, 2014)

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Pic of the Day: “Paths of Glory” revisited

Turner Classic Movies is observing the 100th anniversary of World War I all this month. Tonight they are airing Stanley Kubrick‘s Paths of Glory (1957), 5:00 p.m. PST, 8:00 p.m. EST.

Paths of Glory

Pvt. Ferol makes his painful way to the firing squad, accompanied by Father Dupree (Emile Meyer). You owe it to yourself to see this magnificent film if you haven’t already, or even if you have. It’s timeless.