Today’s pic (you know about the click-to-embiggen thing, right?) is from one of the best film noirs ever made, André De Toth‘s Crime Wave (aka The City is Dark) (1954). Tim made his first big impression on audiences (but apparently not on the film’s producers, who gave him no screen credit) as grinning, cigarette-puffing Johnny Haslett, the least trustworthy member of Ted de Corsia‘s gang. And that’s saying a lot.
Tim really pulls out all the stops with this character. His voice is pitched high, he twitches, grimaces and giggles to beat the band, and you’re left wondering just what exactly is in that cigarette he’s smoking. He doesn’t appear until the final act of the film; he then proceeds to walk away with it. There are many wonderful things about Crime Wave – Tim is most definitely at the top of the list.
Seen from left to right are Jim Hayward, Timothy, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you who the fellow in the white t-shirt is.
Charlie Buchinski and TC were also in “Bloodhounds On Broadway” together in 1952, though both were uncredited in that one. What are the odds? Do you think someone put in a good word for someone else?
Holy jeepers, you’re right! I wonder… Man, I wish Bronson were still alive so I could interview him…. 😦