Pic of the Day: “Waterhole #3″ revisited

Today’s pic gives us another look at Hilb, the (literally) gold-digging outlaw of Waterhole #3 (1967), directed by the late William A. Graham. Hilb wants to shoot something (or someone), and is unhappy that Sgt. Henry Foggers (Claude Akins) is preventing him from doing so.

Waterhole #3

“This was really demanding as I had to play a part-goat, part-human type,” Timothy once said of his role as Hilb. “I would react by making the sound of a goat to reflect different moods. There was a simplicity about that role that I liked.”

Quote of the Week

You remember Timothy Carey, don’t you? Didn’t you see The Wild One? He’s the crazy guy who shook up the beer and squirted it in Marlon Brando‘s face. Did you see East of Eden? He was the surly bouncer at the brothel where James Dean‘s mother worked. Poor Tim mumbled his lines so badly that Elia Kazan had to have Albert Dekker re-dub all his dialogue. Tim thought Kazan missed the whole point. “That’s the way pimps talk,” he explained. How about The Killing, by Stanley Kubrick? He was the racist rifleman who shoots the horse at the racetrack to create a diversion for the heist. You must have seen Paths of Glory, another great Kubrick film – Carey is one of the three court-martialed soldiers sentenced to execution.

All his characterizations seem to inspire a common reaction: “What the hell’s the matter with this guy?” Tim Carey had a uniquely twisted screen presence that many great directors tried, and often failed, to harness. He was the only man that Kazan ever physically attacked on the set. Brando cast him in One-Eyed Jacks, and ended up stabbing him with a pen in exasperation. Carey didn’t seem to care; he went on being Tim Carey. When new friends, like the maverick actor/director John Cassavetes, came to Carey’s house for the first time, he made them wear a bulky, padded suit. He then turned his attack dog loose on them. “It’s not you,” Carey would howl. “He just hates that suit.”

- Eddie Muller and Daniel Faris, Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of “Adults Only” Cinema (St. Martin’s Griffin, New York, 1996)

Eddie Muller and Marisa at Noir City Portland, 2014

Meeting Eddie Muller, “the Czar of Noir,” at Noir City Portland at the Hollywood Theatre, 09/19/2014

It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Avast me hearties, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! In observation of this stellar event, let’s take another look at Morgan, the meanest bilge rat who ever sailed the Seven Seas, from Bert I. Gordon‘s The Boy and the Pirates (1960). Here he is enjoying some of that famous pirate’s treasure we’ve heard tell about. (I was going to say “booty,” but that means something else now.)

The Boy and the Pirates

Be off with ye now! Smartly, me lasses and laddies! Go forth and pillage!

Pic of the Day: “Crime Wave” revisited

Today is the 87th birthday anniversary of the late, lovely Phyllis Kirk! In her honor, we present another shot of her and Timothy from Andre’ De Toth‘s Crime Wave (aka The City is Dark, 1954 but filmed in 1952). Ellen Lacey is unsure about being left under the supervision of giggling hop head Johnny Haslett. As well she should be.

Crime Wave

Wrote Tim in his Movie Stars Parade article, “I played a heavy again in a picture called Crime Wave, with Sterling Hayden and Phyllis Kirk, and in one scene I was holding Phyllis prisoner in a dingy waterfront room. There was low key lighting and the boom was down low. I affected a twitch like a narcotics addict, I turned on a low, sensual, half-crazy laugh, gritted my teeth and dug my hands into her shoulders – just like the creep I was portraying would have done in real life. But Phyllis wasn’t impressed with my realism. She found me too convincing. She broke and got hysterical. I had to go apologize to her, although I don’t know what I was apologizing for.”

Video of the Week: “The Resurrection of Carlini”

Our video this week is a full-length episode of The Greatest American Hero, “The Resurrection of Carlini”. It was first broadcast on November 19, 1982. Timothy is great as Blanchard, the slightly deranged assistant of the late great magician Carlini.

Again, it’s Hulu, so sorry about the ads. Enjoy!

Pic of the Day: “The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street” revisited

Kicking off the week is another look at the Tenspeed and Brown Shoe episode “The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street,” first airing on June 20, 1980. Sanitarium denizen Obituary Bob absorbs the details of an escape plan being hatched by his pal Dean (Michael C. Gwynne).

The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street - 1980

Tenspeed and Brown Shoe was a short-lived but enjoyable caper series that deserved a better and longer run. Timothy and Gwynne had worked together previously in Steve De Jarnatt‘s short film Tarzana (1978) and were good friends off-screen as well. How great would a TV series starring the two of them have been? Pretty darn great, methinks.

Quote of the Week

THE KILLING

Carey was called ‘Kubrick’s good luck charm’ by one critic, but just made two blinding appearances in his films, as a doomed private in Paths of Glory and the ace sharpshooter in The Killing. Their relationship ended when Kubrick left One Eyed Jacks with Brando taking over and the pen-stabbing not far away. The scene here with TC holding a puppy is particularly intense and weird, while his interaction with the African-American parking lot attendant is almost too much to stomach. Carey was upset when Kubrick fled to England and left him behind. A shame, he would have been amazing in Strangelove.

- Dale Shaw, “Five Reasons to Love Timothy Carey”; Sabotage Times, 5 June 2012

The Killing