Our pic today is another from Timothy’s cameo appearance in the East of Eden television miniseries. Part I, the only segment in which he appears, first aired on February 8, 1981. He portrays a fire-and-brimstone circuit-riding preacher, warning against the dangers of “the devil’s holy water.”
I’m sure the producers realized he had been in the 1955 film as well, and hoped to get a little in-joke going with any film buffs who happened to be tuning in. Not to mention the fact that he portrays characters at complete opposite ends of the moral spectrum.
Today we take another look at Tiller Evans, the abusive suitor of the Gunsmoke episode “The Gentleman”. It was first aired on June 7, 1958. He’s got Marshal Dillon (James Arness) in his sights, but it won’t be ending well for him.
This episode was directed by fellow Brooklynite Ted Post. He enjoyed an almost 50-year career as a prolific director of television programming, including 56 episodes of Gunsmoke. He passed away just this past August at the age of 95.
Our video of the week is the episode of The Big Valley known as “Teacher of Outlaws”. It was first aired on February 2, 1966. Timothy shines as Preacher Clegg, the Scripture-spouting gunslinger who has an eye for the ladies, even if they’re old enough to be his mother. (But it isBarbara Stanwyck, so you can’t blame him too much.)
Again I apologize for the ads, but that’s Hulu for you. I truly believe this is one of the best episodes of the series, with or without Tim (but preferably with, am I right?). Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
After stuffing ourselves yesterday, we deserve a rest. And where better to put up our feet than in the clink? We close the holiday week with another look at Convicts 4 (1962), Millard Kaufman‘s prison biography of artist John Resko (Ben Gazzara). Unbeknownst to Resko and his old pal Nick, they’re about to have an unfortunate encounter with Iggy (Ray Walston, with his back to the camera), not one of Resko’s favorite people.
Award-winning Walston was one of the most beloved character actors around, working steadily from the 1950s up until his death in 2001. I’m sure we all know him best from his role in the comedy series My Favorite Martian (1963-66). He, however, wished that we didn’t. “I never should have done My Favorite Martian,” he told USA TODAY in 1995. “I didn’t work in TV or film for three years after. Everyone thought of me as a Martian. Do you know what it’s like to go to Madrid, Spain, on vacation and have a guy yell out, ‘Hey, Martin!’ and put antennas behind his head? When that happens, you know your career is dead.”
We here at the TCE wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving! I’ve always thought that Lute Purdy, the bounty hunter from the Daniel Boone episode “The Blackbirder” (10.3.68), looks like the kind of guy who would spend a leisurely afternoon hunting wild turkeys. So let’s pretend that’s what he’s doing here.
Whatever you’re chowing down on today, I hope it’s in the company of friends and loved ones. And cultivate that attitude of gratitude – not just today but every day!
Thanks to the kind folks at Hulu (sorry about the ads), our video this week is the It Takes a Thief episode “Fortune City,” first airing on February 2, 1970. Watch Timothy make a pass at Stefanie Powers and watch her pretend to be interested! The leader of the gang is the great Broderick Crawford, who appeared along with Tim (not at the same time, unfortunately) in Convicts 4 (1962).
Here’s hoping that more of Tim’s television episodes become available for online viewing. Enjoy!
Today’s pic is another of Timothy’s fleeting appearance in “The Blue Angels,” the episode of Charlie’s Angels that first aired on May 4, 1977. He appears at the beginning of the episode, has a brief exchange with the late great Ed Lauter, gets shot by him, and dies. Don’t ask me what happens after that; I lost interest.
Directing this episode was the great Georg Stanford Brown, seasoned veteran of films and television since the 1960s and still active today. He has nearly as many directing credits as acting credits, and is equally skilled at both.
Today we take another look at “That Sister Ain’t No Cousin,” the third of four Baretta episodes in which Timothy appeared. It was first broadcast on January 19, 1977. El Greco is a sinister drug lord obsessed with ancient Greek culture (hmm, must be why they call him that). Clearly he enjoys his work.
Oh boy, I can hear my husband now: “Ah, I see he’s wearing his SUN TV jacket!” Yes, dear. I’m guessing the show was originally recorded on videotape from SUN TV in Canada. Apparently, the Baretta Season One box set didn’t sell well enough for Universal to consider releasing subsequent seasons. A shame, truly. I do hope they revisit the idea.