Our pic for today comes from the raucous Western comedy Waterhole #3 (1967), directed by William A. Graham, who also directed Tim in Change of Habit and an episode of The Name of the Game. Tim turns in another great comedic performance as an outlaw named Hilb. Hilb is apparently part goat, with his little tuft of a beard and his inclination to gnaw on carrots and bleat.
It’s an amusing film in the Cat Ballou vein, in spite of the screenwriters’ light-hearted attitude toward rape (“Assault with a friendly weapon?” queries the guilty party, James Coburn). I know, I know, it was the Sixties. Anyway, see it for Tim if nothing else.
Today’s pic (and I should probably remind you to click to embiggen) is from William A. Graham’s Change of Habit (1969), Elvis Presley‘s last theatrical film. Tim is uncredited as the unnamed (and probably racist) manager of the Ajax Market. Sister Barbara (Jane Elliot) is about to give him what-for.
Unfortunately Tim had no on-screen time with Elvis, but they did have an interesting conversation behind the scenes. “[Elvis] came up to me and said, ‘Aren’t you Timothy Carey? Didn’t you do The World’s Greatest Sinner?” Timothy related in an interview. “I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘I always wanted to see that show. Do you have a 16mm version?’ I only had a 35mm, but we proceeded to talk about it. He knew all about it. I only had four prints. That was one of the reasons that I didn’t send it.”