This week’s video showcases Timothy’s best scene from Earl “No Strain” Bellamy‘s Speedtrap (1977). He first appears, quite memorably, at about the 4:26 mark.
Today we take another look at Bullet, the junkie con of James B. Harris‘ prison drama Fast-Walking (1982). It’s interesting how the shadow of Timothy’s profile is almost another character in the film itself.
Tim found himself playing a prisoner many times in his career. The role of the convict offers many rich characterization opportunities; perhaps that’s one reason why he appeared to be drawn to them. Bullet is certainly a piece of work. I do believe this is the only film in which Tim uses foul language on-screen. In this instance the character demanded it, but that was something he certainly didn’t need to depend on during his acting career. His personality was enough to make a statement.
Better late than never, our first pic for this week is another from “Teacher of Outlaws”. It’s the episode of the long-running Western series The Big Valley that was first broadcast on February 2, 1966. Timothy portrays Scripture-spouting outlaw Preacher Clegg, obviously a frustrated man of the cloth.
In films since 1952, character actor Timothy Carey gained a cult following for his uncompromising portrayals of sadistic criminals, drooling lechers, and psycho killers. His definitive screen moment occurred in Stanley Kubrick‘s The Killing (1956), in which, as two-bit hoodlum Nikki Arcane, he gleefully shot down a race horse. Kubrick used Carey again in Paths of Glory (1957), this time in the sympathetic role of condemned prisoner Private Ferol. Equally impressed by Carey’s work was director John Cassavetes, who gave the actor a leading role in The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976). In 1965, Carey spoofed his unsavory screen image in Beach Blanket Bingo, playing leather-jacketed cyclist South Dakota Slim, who expresses his affection for leading lady Linda Evans by strapping her to a buzz saw. He went on to menace the Monkees in Head (1968), bellowing out incomprehensible imprecations as Davy, Mike, Micky and Peter cowered in confused terror. One of his juiciest film roles was as a rock-singing evangelist in The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962), which he also produced, directed, and wrote. In his later years, Timothy Carey occasionally occupied his time as an acting teacher.
- Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide (accessed 04/13/2014)
This was perhaps the greatest instance of Timothy showing up in a film, owning it for five minutes, and never being seen again. But in the back of your mind, for the rest of the film, the vague thought is floating around: “I wonder what that Morgan guy is up to right now?”
Our pic today takes another look at the Baretta episode “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin”. It first aired on January 19, 1977. Colorfully attired drug lord El Greco expresses his affection for the new load of statuary (with drugs secreted inside, if I’m not mistaken) that is going to make them all rich, as his henchman (Judd Omen) looks on dubiously.
You may best remember Omen as bad-tempered but big-hearted con Mickey in Tim Burton‘s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985). He also appeared in David Lynch‘s Dune (1984). After some steady film and television work since the late 1970s, he’s been out of circulation since 2005. It would be nice to see him on-screen once again.
Well, this one is, shall we say, different. It’s a weird little rockabilly tune that samples some of Timothy’s dialogue from Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) and Head (1968). And that’s about it.
Sorry folks, this is the best I could come up with this week. Enjoy!