Pic of the Day: “A Time for Killing” revisited

Ending the week is another look at Phil Karlson‘s A Time for Killing (1967), the Civil War melodrama starring Glenn Ford. Billy Cat, “the Yankee from Missourah,” barks out some orders while Lt. Shaffer (Harrison Ford in his first credited screen role) looks confused and Col. Harries (Emile Meyer) watches in the background from the safety of his horse.

A Time for Killing

Meyer enjoyed a long career as one of Hollywood’s most dependable tough guys. Occasionally he did step out of the tough guy role, most memorably in Stanley Kubrick‘s Paths of Glory (1957), as the priest who accompanies Timothy to the firing squad. Tim told Grover Lewis in the Film Comment interview, “Emile Meyer, the guy playing the priest when we are being executed, also didn’t like me. He wanted to punch me because in my death scene I was biting his arm, saying, “I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die” [laughs].”

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