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.
We here at the TCE are thrilled to wish a very happy 74th birthday anniversary to the great Don Calfa! Romeo Carey and I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing him last summer, at his memorabilia-packed home deep in the California desert. He shared some amazing memories of working with Timothy in Peeper (1975), and of his friendship with Tim in general. Here are the two of them in a scene filmed aboard the Queen Mary.
Calfa is very much like Tim in that he brings his unique presence and flair to every role, no matter how large or how small. He’s a big part of what makes it so much fun to go to the movies. Happy birthday, Don!
Those ingrates The Monkees bite the hand that feeds them in this ninety minute psychedelic romp that attacks the pop dominated music industry with the odd tune thrown in. Carey pops up from time to time as Lord High ‘N’ Low, to represent all things evil and malicious in the rock stars’ world. Why wouldn’t every director in Hollywood be clambering for Carey’s services after seeing him hand-crank himself into a room in a mechanical wheelchair with a noose around his neck and say “Atta boy Mike!” in a hundred different demented ways. I think that is genuine fear on the Monkees’ faces as Carey shuffles towards them while apparently having a rage-induced stroke. Good comedy cloak work also in a performance that never dips under ‘11’.
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!
This week’s video is another full-length film! This time it’s Rio Conchos (1964), directed by Gordon Douglas. Timothy is uncredited as sleazy cantina owner Chico, first appearing at about 1 hour 5 minutes into the movie.
Today’s pic is another from Harold D. Schuster‘s Finger Man (1955). Murderous thug Lou Terpe has finally been brought down by the eponymous “finger man,” Casey Martin (Frank Lovejoy). Cornered and pummeled by Martin, Terpe’s tough-guy act drops and he becomes the sniveling coward he is.
“But just when you’re convinced he’s the ultimate thug,” writes Carl Steward in “Timothy Carey: Noir’s Wildest Card,” “Lovejoy surprises him in an alley and only has to whack him a few times to reduce him to a simpering boob. It’s classic Tim Carey, offering up an unanticipated left turn that stamps his performance as unforgettable.”
We begin the last week in November with another look at Professor Petro, the bizarre lecturer from Romeo Carey‘s short film The Devil’s Gas (1990). His talk on “Dali and the Power of the Fart” sends the film’s sleepy protagonist into a surreal, nightmarish landscape.
Timothy’s final film performance can be yours! Visit Absolute Films and snag your copy today (it says VHS, but no worries, Romeo will send you a DVD).