Kicking off the week is another look at Hilb, the seemingly part-man part-goat character portrayed by Timothy in Waterhole #3 (1967). Here we see him making a grab for Claude Akins‘ share of the much-sought-after stash of gold, as trussed-up James Coburn and Carroll O’Connor look on.
William A. Graham was at the helm; he also directed Tim in The Name of the Game episode “Fear of High Places” (1968) and Change of Habit (1969). He’s been a hard-working film and television director since the late 1950s. Recently he has been sidelined since a serious motorcycle accident. We here at The Timothy Carey Experience wish him all the best.
EDITOR’S NOTE 10/01/14: Another one bites the dust on copyright grounds. My apologies.
Our video(s) for this week highlight Tim’s appearance in the Elvis Presley vehicle Change of Habit (1969). He portrays the probably racist manager of the Ajax Market who gets his comeuppance in a manner I’m sure he was not expecting. Tim first appears at about 7:16 in the first video, and 7:23 in the second.
Jane Elliot, seen here as spunky social activist Sister Barbara, is another of Timothy’s co-stars who has been a busy television actor for nearly 50 years. She’s been a General Hospital mainstay since 1978.
Our pic for today (click for the embiggening) is from one of two of Tim’s appearances on the unusual television series The Name of the Game. This one is from the premiere episode, “Fear of High Places.” It was first broadcast on September 20, 1968, and was directed by William A. Graham, who also directed Tim in Waterhole #3 (1967) and Change of Habit (1969). Tim has no dialogue as mysterious bad guy Jules Forel, who sports an empty cigarette holder, an overly hip pair of shades, and an unusual facial hair configuration.
The other episode of this series that he appeared in, “Aquarius Descending,” has been utterly impossible for me to dig up. If and when it ever turns up, you’ll be the first to know!
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.”