Pic of the Day: “Alaska Seas” revisited

By my dear husband’s special request, today’s pic is another shot from Alaska Seas (1954), directed by Jerry Hopper. Timothy’s boat repairman Wycoff is angrily demanding the $920.60 owed him by Matt Kelly (Robert Ryan).

“I did a show with Bob Ryan once,” said Tim in the Grover Lewis interview. “He was great, but he wouldn’t allow a lot of takes. ‘This is it,’ he’d say.”  Timothy and Ryan appeared together again in one of Ryan’s last films, John Flynn‘s The Outfit (1973).

Pic of the Day: “Alaska Seas” revisited

Today’s pic (and don’t make me remind you to click to embiggen) is another from Alaska Seas (1954). Tim’s boat repairman Wycoff is spending the evening singing to his cat.

Singing to the cat.

I wonder how Tim’s career would have turned out if he hadn’t been tone deaf and had gone into singing as he had originally planned, instead of acting. Judging by his appearances on Art Fein’s Poker Party in the late 80’s, he certainly seemed to enjoy singing and didn’t let the tone-deafness get in the way. Personally, I could sit and listen to him sing and tell stories all day long.

Pic of the Day: “The Outfit” revisited

Today we take another look at John Flynn‘s The Outfit (1973), the underrated crime drama that gathered together many veterans of the classic film noir genre. Tim and Robert Ryan co-starred again for the first time since Alaska Seas (1954). The following essential conversation has just taken place. Tim: “We’ve got a problem.” Ryan: “No, you’ve got a problem.”

The amusing thing going on here is that just before this shot, a bird poops on Tim’s coat. It took me several viewings to notice it. It could be why he’s smiling.

Pic of the Day: “Alaska Seas”

Today’s pic will appeal to the hipsters out there. It’s from a really obscure movie, you’ve probably never heard of it.


Alaska Seas (1954) was directed by Jerry Hopper. Tim portrays Wycoff, the owner of the local boat repair establishment, who vainly tries to recoup the $920.60 owed him by Matt Kelly (Robert Ryan). Wycoff has just tracked down Kelly, who last left Wycoff floating in the drink after he made off with his boat without paying Wycoff what he owed him. Tim just walks up to Ryan and stands there grinning. This shot cries out to be captioned a là LOLcats. O HAI! REMEMBER ME? YOU OWE ME NINE HUNDRED AND TWENTY DOLLARS AND SIXTY CENTS!

It’s hard to believe Tim was only 24 when he made this film; he looks and acts much older. But isn’t that the mark of a good actor? At one point he is seen through the door of his office sitting in his rocking chair, playing with and singing to a cat.

When Tim appeared with Ryan again in The Outfit (1973), my years of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fandom stood me in good stead and I couldn’t resist riffing on the scene. “Oh, by the way, it’s been 20 years and you still owe me $920.60. With interest.”