Let’s kick off the week with another look at Chico, the seedy cantina proprietor/pimp of Gordon Douglas‘ Rio Conchos (1964). Mexican bandit Juan Luis (Anthony Franciosa) is hoping that a shiny trinket will pay for some time with one of Chico’s girls. He is correct.
Franciosa was always a joy to watch, wherever he turned up – in films, on television (he worked with Timothy again in “Fear of High Places,” the premiere episode of The Name of the Game in 1968) or on the stage. Like Tim, he developed a “difficult to work with” reputation. He utters one of my favorite lines of all time in one of his first films, Elia Kazan‘s A Face in the Crowd (1957): “I’m gonna tell you something that will move you and shake you!” He was quite unforgettable in Dario Argento‘s Tenebre (1982). He died in 2006 at age 77, the result of a massive stroke.