Video of the Week: “Crime Wave”

EDITOR’S NOTE 01/14/12: Sigh. The video has been removed by the user. Sorry about that, folks.

Gosh, I got so excited about the Paths of Glory: Anatomy of a Film project that I almost forgot it’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for the Video of the Week! This week we take a look at Andre De Toth‘s Crime Wave (1954), one of the best crime dramas/films noir ever. An uncredited Timothy first appears at about 8:37.

Also check out part 5 as well. Tim certainly got everyone’s attention with this very early example of his scene-stealing abilities. Compared to some actors today, his performance seems downright restrained, actually. I believe the low-key quality of the performances around him was a major factor in making him stand out – in addition to his essential “Timothy Carey-ness,” of course.

Pic of the Day: “The City is Dark” (aka “Crime Wave”)

Today’s pic is another of my eBay finds. Crime Wave (1954) was originally known as The City is Dark (a much better title, I think), and there is still some ephemera from this film out there that is available under that title.

aka Crime Wave

From left to right, we have Charles Bronson, Tim, Ted de Corsia, Jim Hayward, and Gene Nelson. Directed by the great André De Toth, it’s one of the best film noirs ever – don’t you dare miss it.

Pic of the Day: “Crime Wave”

Today’s pic (you know about the click-to-embiggen thing, right?) is from one of the best film noirs ever made, André De Toth‘s Crime Wave (aka The City is Dark) (1954). Tim made his first big impression on audiences (but apparently not on the film’s producers, who gave him no screen credit) as grinning, cigarette-puffing Johnny Haslett, the least trustworthy member of Ted de Corsia‘s gang. And that’s saying a lot.


Tim really pulls out all the stops with this character. His voice is pitched high, he twitches, grimaces and giggles to beat the band, and you’re left wondering just what exactly is in that cigarette he’s smoking. He doesn’t appear until the final act of the film; he then proceeds to walk away with it. There are many wonderful things about Crime Wave – Tim is most definitely at the top of the list.

Seen from left to right are Jim Hayward, Timothy, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you who the fellow in the white t-shirt is.