Video of the Week: “Gypsy Traders”

Our Video of the Week is one from the archives. It’s the Cowboy G-Men episode “Gypsy Traders,” first airing on February 28, 1953. Timothy is uncredited and silent as “Tall Gypsy,” but he does have an amusing bit during an encounter with a flea circus.

Tim appeared in six episodes of the series, in parts ranging from fairly important supporting character to barely-there walk-on. I do believe they’re all commercially available, so check ’em out today!

Pic of the Day: “The Secret Mission” revisited

Today we revisit one of the six episodes of Cowboy G-Men in which Timothy appeared. It’s “The Secret Mission,” first airing on October 4, 1952. Tim’s henchman sneaks around thinking good guy Pat Gallagher (Russell Hayden) is asleep. The joke is on him!

Secret Mission - 1952

This series is readily available on commercially and non-commercially released DVD (I believe it’s fallen into the public domain); quality isn’t so great, but it’s still a valuable record of some of Tim’s earliest work. Check it out!

Video of the Week: “Beware! No Trespassing”

No dipping into the archives this week – we have a brand-new video for you! It’s the Cowboy G-Men episode “Beware! No Trespassing” in its entirety. It was first aired on November 1, 1952. Timothy’s henchman Benton and his boss Jardine (Robert Lowery) are stirring up some mayhem at a tungsten mine.

Series star Russell Hayden was one of the busiest Western film stars around in the 1930s and ’40s, carrying on the tradition on TV in the ’50s. He and fellow Western stars Roy Rogers and Dick Curtis were among the original investors and developers of Pioneertown in California, which has been used in countless movies and television programs.

Pic of the Day: “The Wild One” revisited

Today we revisit The Wild One (1953), directed by Laslo Benedek and starring Marlon Brando. Here we see “Chino’s Boy #1” getting the brilliant idea of pouring a bottle of beer on Chino (Lee Marvin) to spur him on during the big fight with Brando.

The Wild One

If I’m not mistaken, that is X Brands on the far right. He and Timothy co-starred in several episodes of Cowboy G-Men at around the same time this was filmed. They also appeared together in Naked Gun (1956) and Revolt in the Big House (1958). He very often portrayed American Indians on television and in film, even though he was of German heritage.

Pic of the Day: “Beware! No Trespassing” revisited

Our pic for today revisits the Cowboy G-Men episode “Beware! No Trespassing,” which first aired on November 1, 1952. Timothy’s henchman Benton is imparting vital information to his boss (Robert Lowery) and fellow henchman (X Brands), and looking rather silly as he does so. Another shot of Tim that makes me giggle like a schoolgirl.

Beware! No Trespassing (1952)

Also look at the way the veins in his neck stick out. Tim certainly threw his entire physical being into his work.

Pic of the Day: “The Golden Wolf” revisited

Our pic of the day revisits “The Golden Wolf,” the episode of Cowboy G-Men that first aired on September 27, 1952. Timothy is crooked wolf hunter Jake Kirby, selling the same recycled wolf skins to unsuspecting buyers with his partner, Gil Clement (Robert Lowery).

The Golden Wolf - 1952

Tim appeared in six episodes of the series. It does my heart good to think of all those little baby boomer cowboys and cowgirls gathering around the television on Saturday mornings and watching Tim.

Pic of the Day: “Gypsy Traders” revisited

Today we revisit “Gypsy Traders,” the Cowboy G-Men episode that first aired on February 28, 1953. Timothy gets to indulge in a bit of comedy as the “Tall Gypsy” has an itchy encounter with Zerbo (Phil Arnold) and his flea circus.

Gypsy Traders - 1953

Arnold was a hard-working character actor, often uncredited in his early film bits. He fared much better on television, turning in memorable character roles in the 1950s and ’60s. His career was cut short when he died of a heart attack at the age of 58 in 1968.

Pic of the Day: “The Secret Mission” revisited

Today we look at another pic from the Cowboy G-Men episode “The Secret Mission,” which premiered on October 4, 1952 – just over 60 years ago! Wow. Timothy, Robert Lowery and X Brands are spying on cowboy G-man Russell Hayden in the next room, trying to determine what his next move will be.

Secret Mission - 1952

This is a rare shot of Tim in repose, which didn’t happen very often.

Quote of the Week

Today’s quote is not exactly a quote. It’s The Vagabond, a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. Timothy’s character Morgan Morgan recites parts of it in John CassavetesMinnie and Moskowitz (1971). It also turns up in Fiore (1982), the screenplay that Tim wrote with his wife Doris. I think it expresses a side of his psyche that he rarely got to indulge. I truly believe Timothy was a gypsy at heart.

The Vagabond

Give to me the life I love,
Let the lave go by me,
Give the jolly heaven above
And the byway nigh me.
Bed in the bush with stars to see,
Bread I dip in the river –
There’s the life for a man like me,
There’s the life for ever.

Let the blow fall soon or late,
Let what will be o’er me;
Give the face of earth around
And the road before me.
Wealth I seek not, hope nor love,
Nor a friend to know me;
All I seek, the heaven above
And the road below me.

Or let autumn fall on me
Where afield I linger,
Silencing the bird on tree,
Biting the blue finger.
White as meal the frosty field –
Warm the fireside haven –
Not to autumn will I yield,
Not to winter even!

Let the blow fall soon or late,
Let what will be o’er me;
Give the face of earth around,
And the road before me.
Wealth I ask not, hope nor love,
Nor a friend to know me;
All I ask, the heaven above
And the road below me.

Minnie and Moskowitz

As Morgan Morgan, Minnie and Moskowitz

Gypsy Traders (1953)

In the Cowboy G-Men episode “Gypsy Traders” (1953), with Charlita

Pic of the Day: “Beware! No Trespassing” revisited

This Friday’s pic revisits the Cowboy G-Men episode “Beware! No Trespassing”. It was first broadcast on November 1, 1952. Timothy’s henchman Benton is hoping there will be no hitch in his boss Jardine’s (Robert Lowery) evil plan.

Beware! No Trespassing - 1952

It’s great to know that Tim was a part of so many baby-boomer cowboys’ and cowgirls’ Saturday morning TV adventures. A lot of these episodes have been released officially, but check the DVD Resources links to your right for more “unofficial” sources. And enjoy Jackie Coogan in his post-Chaplin, pre-Addams Family days.