Well, it’s been an amazing trip so far. Saturday night Romeo Carey, my husband and I headed out to the desert and met up with the splendiferous Don Calfa, who showed us through his memorabilia-packed double-wide trailer and happily shared his memories of working with Timothy in Peeper (1975) and their subsequent friendship. He is a card and a character, and I’m happy to now be able to call him my friend.
Sunday afternoon brought us together with the delightful Joey Sinko, who generously assisted Romeo in filming our interview with the legendary Seymour Cassel. I am happy to lay at least one oft-told rumor to rest: There was no animosity between he and Timothy during the Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) shoots. They were simply two inveterate scene-stealers who sometimes got on each other’s nerves. It happens even in the best of families. “I loved Timothy. He was wonderful,” said Seymour. And I’ve made another friend.
Monday my husband and I attended the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Utterly amazing in every way! There wasn’t a whole lot there in the way of Tim, but what was there was choice. I was especially intrigued by a page from the original script of The Killing (1956) that featured a scene with Tim’s character, Nikki Arcane, that did not appear in the finished film. I wonder if this was actually filmed and then not used, or if it ever even got filmed?
Tonight we are heading down to El Monte to visit Tim’s studio, so stay tuned for more reports as they come! This is Tweet’s Lady of Pasadena signing off for now. Toodle-oo!