Pic of the Day: “Francis in the Haunted House” revisited

As Halloween approaches, we take another look at Hugo, hulking castle minion, in Francis in the Haunted House (1956), directed by Charles Lamont. Here he calmly assess the situation with Helen Wallace, Virginia Welles, Charles Horvath (holding the empty suit of armor) and (I’m fairly certain) Paul Cavanagh.

Francis in the Haunted House (1956)

Horvath was one of the top stuntmen in Hollywood, brawling his way through countless films and television shows from the late 1940s until his death in 1978. He and Timothy had uncredited roles in Joseph M. Newman‘s The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959). And like Tim, he worked with John Cassavetes late in his career, in A Woman Under the Influence (1974).

Pic of the Day: “The Gunfight at Dodge City” revisited

Let’s start off the week with another gander at The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959). Timothy’s crooked deputy Forbes thinks he’s going to be privy to a meeting between his boss Sheriff Regan (Don Haggerty) and Bat Masterson (Joel McCrea), but he’s got another think coming.

Dodge City was directed by Joseph M. Newman, who directed Tim three years earlier in Flight to Hong Kong (1956). He also directed the sci-fi classic This Island Earth (1955). Also appearing in Dodge City are two of Tim’s previous co-stars, Charles Horvath (Francis in the Haunted House) and Richard Anderson (Paths of Glory).

Pic of the Day: “Francis in the Haunted House” revisited (and a question!)

Two things for you today: The first is an original production still from Francis in the Haunted House (1956). Tim and Charles Horvath are committing some mayhem on hapless Mickey Rooney, who admitted in his autobiography that he remembers nothing about the making of this film. This picture must have been made around the same time as Chain of Evidence (1957), as Tim has the same Frankenstein-esque flat-top haircut in both.

Secondly, I have a question for you all. Would there be any interest out there in having a forum added to the blog? It might be a nice place for folks to have actual discussions about Timothy and his films. Please let me know and I’ll get on it! Thanks for all your support, kind words and encouragement!