Pic of the Day: “What’s the Matter with Helen?” revisited

We close the week with another look at the handout-seeking tramp of Curtis Harrington‘s What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971). It’s a very brief appearance for Timothy, but Harrington imagined no one else in the role and insisted he be cast.

What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)Don’t miss What’s the Matter with Helen? on Turner Classic Movies this Sunday, April 26!

Video of the Week: “Revolt in the Big House” trailer

After another short break, I’m back with a vengeance! In fact, we’re crashing out tonight. Our video for this week is the trailer for R.G. Springsteen‘s prison melodrama Revolt in the Big House (1958). Timothy can be seen doing his thing as Ed “Bugsy” Kyle (aka “The Chest”), smooching his machine gun and blowing stuff up.

This trailer has the Something Weird Video stamp on the lower right corner, but it’s no longer a part of their catalog. It was recently released on DVD by Warner Bros. – get your copy today!

Pic of the Day: “Beach Blanket Bingo” revisited

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of William Asher‘s Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)! And how we do that around here is by revisiting that pool-cue-slinging ne’er-do-well, South Dakota Slim. Slim has just been overcome by a cloud of chalk dust thoughtlessly propelled into the air by Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck).

Beach Blanket BingoBingo was the fourth in Asher’s beach opus quintet, which also includes Beach Party (1963), Muscle Beach Party (1964), Bikini Beach (1964), which includes Slim’s first appearance, and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965). We’ve just discovered that Asher first directed Timothy in an episode of Invitation Playhouse: Mind Over Murder entitled “The Last Act,” first airing on May 14, 1952. It’s at the top of my list of lost Careyana.

Quote of the Week

The crazy actor who was in Paths of Glory with the big bug eyes was Timothy Carey. He was a method actor. Huge overactor. Carey, who was nuts, doesn’t show up one day. They’re shooting on a tight schedule because they don’t have a lot of money to do it. [Stanley] Kubrick and [producer James B.] Harris are going crazy. They get a call from the police. Carey has been found bound and gagged in the woods behind a house in the outskirts of Munich. He says, “Oh, Jesus, thank God they found me. I got kidnapped and they robbed me.” Jimmy thought, this is really weird. He’s a huge guy. Who’s going to kidnap and rob him? Carey’s back working. Jimmy goes over to the house where he was found, and the residents finally confess that Carey gave them a hundred bucks to call the police and bind and gag him themselves. He’d been on a toot for two days, and he knew he’d get fired. That’s why you love to work. That stuff doesn’t happen in offices. It only happens on a set. That’s why I love it so much.

Tom Mankiewicz, My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider’s Journey Through Hollywood (The University Press of Kentucky, 2012)

Paths of Glory

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

Our (late) pic of the day is another from Rumble on the Docks (1956), the teenage On the Waterfront directed by Fred F. Sears. Timothy turns in a great supporting performance as Frank Mangus, the lackadaisical muscle behind racketeer Joe Brindo (Michael Granger).

Rumble on the DocksFrank is incapable of merely sitting on a couch or a chair – he must drape himself across it, over it, or around it. It’s pretty much a running gag throughout the film. Yet another part that could have been routine and forgettable in the hands of a lesser talent, here given the unmistakable Carey treatment.

An Animated “Tweet’s” redux! (and the Video of the Week)

Remember this post from last summer?

Breaking news from Absolute Films!

Promo clip pitching the notorious action comedy-mind blower, circa 1969 film from legendary film genius, Timothy Carey.

The idea of adapting TWEET’S LADIES OF PASADENA as an animated series is brilliant… one can only imagine the back-story?

We are currently looking for animators who are interested in helping to create the animation pilot to pitch to Netflix.

Contact: tweetsladies@absolutefilms.net

Well, I’ve just heard from Romeo Carey that an animator has been found for this project! An Emmy-winning animator. That’s all I know at this point. More as it becomes available! Is this exciting or what?

Pic of the Day: “Cold Target” revisited

Today we take another look at “Cold Target,” the episode of The New Mike Hammer that first aired on December 1, 1984. Timothy appears in his only recurring role on a television series, that of reformed criminal Kenny the Knife.

Cold Target - 1984

Kenny first showed up, much to Hammer’s (Stacy Keach) chagrin, in the episode “Satan, Cyanide and Murder” (4.14.84). It’s too bad that “Cold Target” was his second and final appearance in the series. An official commercial release of Hammer would be a most welcome addition to our collection. For now we must make do with substandard screen shots obviously created from well-worn VHS tapes.