Our first pic for the week checks back in with Vincent Sherman‘s The Second Time Around (1961), the amiable Western comedy starring Debbie Reynolds, Steve Forrest and Andy Griffith. Timothy appears as bad guy Bonner, looking menacing as he sucks on a cancer stick, dagger tattoo and all.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned several times that it was during the making of this film that Tim encountered a young untried composer by the name of Frank Zappa and hired him to write the orchestral score for The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962).
I was sad to hear of the death earlier today of Andy Griffith at the age of 86. We all remember him from The Andy Griffith Show, of course, but he also made several fine films. My personal favorite of these is A Face in the Crowd (1957), directed by Elia Kazan, who directed Tim in East of Eden (1955). I would not be at all surprised to hear that this film greatly influenced Timothy as he created The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962). The themes are very similar – a charismatic “nobody” suddenly becomes a musical sensation and is courted by the sinister “powers that be” to enter the political arena, becomes drunk with power, and is soon exposed for the fraud he is.
These two films would make a great double bill. Rest well, Andy, and thanks.
Our pic of the day is from Vincent Sherman‘s innocuous Western comedy The Second Time Around (1961). Debbie Reynolds starred along with Steve Forrest and Andy Griffith. Tim appears as Bonner, a bad guy with a dagger tattooed on his hand (hence the glove).
It was while making this film that Tim met a young musician named Frank Zappa, and gave him the job of creating the score for The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962). And the rest, as the saying goes, is history.