Kicking off the week a day late is Harmon Jones‘ Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952), the musical extravaganza starring Mitzi Gaynor and Scott Brady. It provided Timothy with one of his earliest (if uncredited) speaking roles as Crockett Pace, the hot-tempered mountain-folk (“hillbilly” is so gauche) suitor of future Broadway star Emily Ann Stackerlee (Gaynor). He is seen here getting his hat knocked off by equally hot-tempered Numbers Foster (Brady).
Jones, a native of Canada, began his Hollywood career as a film editor at 20th Century-Fox in the mid-1940s. He received an Academy Award nomination for his work on Elia Kazan‘s Gentleman’s Agreement (1947). He turned to directing in the early 1950s, and kept himself well occupied with both film and television projects until the late 1960s. His son, Robert C. Jones, also became an editor, getting his impressive resume off to a fine start with John Cassavetes‘ A Child Is Waiting (1963).
As we head off into the first weekend of spring, let’s take another look at Harmon Jones‘ Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952). Emily Ann Stackerlee (Mitzi Gaynor) has dissuaded her erstwhile fiance Crockett Pace from shooting Numbers Foster (Scott Brady) and Poorly Sammis (Wally Vernon), but Pace remains skeptical.
Ms. Gaynor is without question one of the greatest stars of musical theater who ever lived. She’s been tearing up the Broadway stage almost her entire life. She only appeared in films for thirteen years; television and the stage seem to be her preferred venues. At 82, she’s still packin’ ’em in at her one-woman show, Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins. Go get ’em Mitzi!
In celebration of the birthday anniversary of the late great Scott Brady, born this date in 1924, today’s pic is a publicity still from Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952), the only film he and Timothy made together. Tim, unbilled as hillbilly Crockett Pace, is attempting to get rid of city fellas Numbers Foster (Brady) and Poorly Sammis (Wally Vernon), intent on spiriting away his intended, Emily Ann Stackerlee (Mitzi Gaynor).
Brady, born Gerald Tierney in Brooklyn, was one-third of the cinematic Tierney brothers, the others being Lawrence (1919-2002) and Edward (1928-1983). He enjoyed a long career as a good-looking tough guy in films and on television. He passed away in 1985 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. There aren’t too many like him left, unfortunately for us. Happy afterlife birthday, Scott!
We start the week with another look at Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952), directed by Harmon Jones. Timothy is uncredited but memorable as hillbilly Crockett Pace, who doesn’t cotton to strangers on his property.
Bloodhounds is a musical based on the story of the same name by Damon Runyon. The characters are blessed with all those fabulous Runyonesque names, like Numbers Foster, 52nd Tessie, Poorly Sammis, Dave the Dude, Ropes McGonigle, Lookout Louie, Curtaintime Charlie, etc. Interesting that Tim had originally hoped to become a singer, but was told he was tone deaf; he went into acting instead. It would have been great to see him sing in a musical, tone deaf or not.
Today’s pic takes another look at Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952) and one of Timothy’s first speaking parts, hillbilly gunslinger Crockett Pace. He and his kin are not appreciating Poorly Sammis’ (Wally Vernon) notion of making a Broadway star out of his intended, Emily Ann Stackerlee (Mitzi Gaynor). Numbers Foster (Scott Brady) is about to come to the rescue.
Tim did the best he could with this small, uncredited part, which was quite a lot, actually. Another example of him rising above the material to create a memorable character.
Today’s pic is a rather roundabout way of celebrating the birthday anniversary of Timothy’s good friend, the fabulous (and notorious) Lawrence Tierney. Unfortunately, they never made any films together. However, Tim did appear in Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952), where, as we can see here, he has an unfortunate encounter with the fist of Scott Brady, Tierney’s brother. How’s that for several degrees of separation?
“[Quentin] Tarantino brought me in to read [for Reservoir Dogs],” Timothy told Grover Lewis in 1992. “He’d done a terrific script with my name on the top – inspiration by Timothy Carey. Harvey Keitel didn’t want me on the show. He was afraid – I could tell when I walked in. He had the right to say yea or nay to any actor. Larry Tierney got the part. Larry’s a good friend of mine, and he called me up later and kind of apologized.”
Ending the work week is another pic from Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952), directed by Harmon Jones. Tim doesn’t have a whole lot to do in the uncredited role of Crockett Pace, Mitzi Gaynor‘s hillbilly suitor, but it was one of his first speaking parts.