Pic of the Day: “Alaska Seas” revisited

Today we take another look at Alaska Seas (1954), the nautical adventure directed by Jerry Hopper. Fisherman Matt Kelly (Robert Ryan) has come to claim his boat from repairman Wycoff, who claims that Kelly owes him $920.60 and is very unhappy when Kelly offers him a fraction of that.

Alaska Seas

Wycoff comes across as quite a bit older than the 24 Timothy was when he made the film. He and Ryan worked together again in The Outfit (1973). Tim told Grover Lewis, “I did a show with Bob Ryan once – he was great, but he wouldn’t allow a lot of takes. ‘This is it,’ he’d say.” Alaska Seas is still available on Netflix Streaming, so give it a gander.

Pic of the Day: “Alaska Seas” revisited

Today’s pic revisits Jerry Hopper‘s maritime adventure Alaska Seas (1954). Marine repairman Wycoff is in pursuit of rascally rogue Matt Kelly (Robert Ryan), who owes him a pile of money ($920.60, to be exact). Nicky Jackson (Jan Sterling), girlfriend of fisherman Jim Kimmerly (Brian Keith), has just advised him as to Kelly’s whereabouts.

This nifty little film is available on Netflix Streaming, as well as on non-commercial DVD at Loving the Classics, so check it out!

I also wanted to let you all know that the blog will be going on hiatus for the rest of the week. We’ll be back on September 30, my wedding anniversary and the anniversary of the death of James Dean. So stay tuned!

Pic of the Day: “Mermaids of Tiburon” revisited

Our pic of the day is a delightfully evil shot of bad guy Milo Sangster from John Lamb‘s Mermaids of Tiburon (1962). While pushing some equipment around on his boat, Timothy manages to direct this wicked grin right into the camera.

Tim’s old friend and former roommate Gil Barreto is in the cast list here, but I’m not sure that he actually appears in the film as it’s available today (on DVD and also at Fandor). They had both just come off the taxing four-year ordeal that was the shooting of The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962). Lamb was the underwater photographer for several television series, including Sea Hunt and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Diane Webber, who appears here as the Mermaid Queen, also portrayed a mermaid in the Voyage episode entitled, strangely enough, “The Mermaid” (01/29/67). It was directed by Jerry Hopper, who directed Tim in Alaska Seas (1954). Lamb again helmed the underwater sequences. Alas, it’s a mostly dreadful episode.

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.”