In Search Of, Redux

Yesterday we received the exciting news that Season 3 of CHiPS has finally been released on DVD. That means that we will soon have Timothy’s episode “Kidnap” in our hot little hands and will be posting screencaps ASAP.  So in that spirit, I’ve decided to repost an edited version of this post from last year that details all of Timothy’s work that I have yet to discover. I have removed the CHiPS episode and added a couple of new entries. As always, your help in obtaining these is more than welcome. Here we go…

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As awesome as it would have been for Timothy to have shown up in an episode of that Leonard Nimoy-hosted “mysterious mysteries” series, this post isn’t about that. Instead, as mentioned yesterday, I’m going to list Timothy’s film and television appearances that I have yet to acquire on DVD. I have a want list up for most of these over at ioffer.com, but just in case any of you lovely people have any leads on where one might get ahold of “collector to collector” copies of these, I thought I would present them here. So, in chronological order, let’s start our search:

1. Chevron Theatre: “The Survey Man” (1952)

A brand-new addition to Tim’s IMDb page, although his presence in it is listed as “unconfirmed.” Season 1, episode 16; directed by the great Norman Lloyd. First broadcast on April 18, 1952, which would make this his earliest recorded performance on record, if indeed he is in it.

2. Invitation Playhouse: Mind Over Murder: “The Last Act” (1952)

Here’s another new one that has appeared on Tim’s IMDb page since I made the original post a year ago. Directed by William Asher, who later directed Tim in the Beach Party films. Additional cast includes Gene Roth, veteran of several Bert I. Gordon films, and former silent star Claire Windsor.

Gang Busters

3. Gang Busters: “The Tri-State Gang” (1952)

My hubby wrote about this one here a while back. It hasn’t been added to Tim’s IMDb page, but it really should be as its existence is well documented. A two-parter from season 1, first airing on November 9 and November 27, 1952. It’s out there somewhere.

Death Valley Days

4. Death Valley Days: “Cynthy’s Dream Dress” (1953)

Season 1, episode 9. This is another recent addition. It was first broadcast on March 3, 1953. Ed Wood stalwart Lyle Talbot is in it too!

Cowboy in Africa

5. Cowboy in Africa: “The Red Hand of Michael O’Neill” (1968)

Season 1, episode 19; first broadcast on February 5, 1968. Portraying Tim’s daughter is Bonnie Beecher, who later became Mrs. Wavy Gravy!

The Outsider

6. The Outsider: “For Members Only” (1968)

Pilot episode of the series, first airing on September 18, 1968. Star Darren McGavin met his future wife Kathie Browne while filming this episode.

The Name of the Game

7. The Name of the Game: “Aquarius Descending” (1970)

Season 3, episode 13. The second of two episodes of the series in which Tim appears, this one was first broadcast on December 11, 1970. He plays a character who goes by the intriguing name of “Desert Rat.”

Toma

8. Toma: “A Funeral for Max Fabian” (1974)

Season 1, episode 13; first broadcast on February 22, 1974. It’s listed as “A Funeral for Max Berlin” on IMDb, but numerous other sources list it as “Max Fabian” (oddly enough, the name of the put-upon theatrical producer portrayed by Gregory Ratoff in All About Eve [1950]), so I’m going with that. Based on the real-life adventures of undercover cop David Toma, the series was retooled after one season and became Baretta, after star Tony Musante refused to sign on for another season. Which leads us to…

Baretta

9. Baretta: “The Marker” (1978)

Season 4, episode 16; first broadcast on February 16, 1978. The last of Tim’s four appearances in the series. From reading the brief plot synopses found around the internet, I have a feeling Tim’s character is particularly heinous in this one.

Hollywood Knight/MidKnight RiderHollywood Knight/Hard Knocks

10. Hard Knocks (1979)

This one’s a puzzle.  It’s been released under several titles, including Hollywood Knight, Mid’Knight Rider, Mid-Knight Rider and Mid Night Man. An online version can be found here (Warning: The first part of the film is NSFW). It’s not very good, and I sat through the whole thing – no Timothy to be seen. So either there’s a version out there with him in it, or there’s another film by that name with him in it. Not a clue.

And there you have it! Man, that took forever. Thanks, everyone!

Pic of the Day: “The Deadly Quest Affair” revisited

Our pic of the day takes another look at “The Deadly Quest Affair,” the episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. that first aired on October 30, 1967. Stefan, the strong arm behind deranged bad guy Viktor Karmak (Darren McGavin), is beginning to doubt the wisdom of being employed by a guy like Karmak.

The Deadly Quest Affair - 1967

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has been turning up on Sunday nights over at MeTV. This channel has fast become a banquet for classic television fans. Check it out; you never know when Timothy might turn up!

In Search Of…

As awesome as it would have been for Timothy to have shown up in an episode of that Leonard Nimoy-hosted “mysterious mysteries” series, this post isn’t about that. Instead, as mentioned yesterday, I’m going to list Timothy’s television appearances that I have yet to acquire on DVD. I have a want list up for most of these over at ioffer.com, but just in case any of you lovely people have any leads on where one might get ahold of “collector to collector” copies of these, I thought I would present them here. So, in chronological order, let’s start our search:

1. Chevron Theatre: “The Survey Man” (1952)

A brand-new addition to Tim’s IMDB page, although his presence in it is listed as “unconfirmed.” Season 1, episode 16; directed by the great Norman Lloyd. First broadcast on April 18, 1952, which would make this his earliest recorded performance on record, if indeed he is in it.

Gang Busters

2. Gang Busters: “The Tri-State Gang” (1952)

My hubby wrote about this one here a while back. It hasn’t been added to Tim’s IMDb page, but it really should be as its existence is well documented. A two-parter from season 1, first airing on November 9 and November 27, 1952. It’s out there somewhere.

Death Valley Days

3. Death Valley Days: “Cynthy’s Dream Dress” (1953)

Season 1, episode 9. This is another recent addition. It was first broadcast on March 3, 1953. Ed Wood stalwart Lyle Talbot is in it too!

Cowboy in Africa

4. Cowboy in Africa: “The Red Hand of Michael O’Neill” (1968)

Season 1, episode 19; first broadcast on February 5, 1968. Portraying Tim’s daughter is Bonnie Beecher, who later became Mrs. Wavy Gravy!

The Outsider

5. The Outsider: “For Members Only” (1968)

Pilot episode of the series, first airing on September 18, 1968. Star Darren McGavin met his future wife Kathie Browne while filming this episode.

The Name of the Game

6. The Name of the Game: “Aquarius Descending” (1970)

Season 3, episode 13. The second of two episodes of the series in which Tim appears, this one was first broadcast on December 11, 1970. He plays a character who goes by the intriguing name of “Desert Rat.”

Toma

7. Toma: “A Funeral for Max Fabian” (1974)

Season 1, episode 13; first broadcast on February 22, 1974. It’s listed as “A Funeral for Max Berlin” on IMDb, but numerous other sources list it as “Max Fabian” (oddly enough, the name of the put-upon theatrical producer portrayed by Gregory Ratoff in All About Eve [1950]), so I’m going with that. Based on the real-life adventures of undercover cop David Toma, the series was retooled after one season and became Baretta, after star Tony Musante refused to sign on for another season. Which leads us to…

Baretta

8. Baretta: “The Marker” (1978)

Season 4, episode 16; first broadcast on February 16, 1978. The last of Tim’s four appearances in the series. From reading the brief plot synopses found around the internet, I have a feeling Tim’s character is particularly heinous in this one. And finally…

CHiPs

9. CHiPs: “Kidnap” (1980)

Season 3, episode 18; first aired January 26, 1980. Directed by recently-deceased Gordon Hessler, who also directed Tim in the Kung Fu episode “Ambush” (4.4.75). Also appearing is our favorite Klingon, Michael Dorn, in his first regular role in a television series.

And there you have it! Man, that took forever. Thanks, everyone!

Pic of the Day: “The Deadly Quest Affair” revisited

Our pic today is another from “The Deadly Quest Affair,” the episode of the classic spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. that first aired just in time for Halloween on October 30, 1967. Burly henchman Stefan is just beginning to realize that he is being played for a fool by his boss, Viktor Karmak (Darren McGavin).

The Deadly Quest Affair - 1967

McGavin teamed up with Tim a year later in “For Members Only,” the pilot episode of his short-lived series The Outsider (1968-69). This is one of Tim’s television performances that has so far eluded my grasp as far as any kind of physical media is concerned. I really should make a post listing the episodes I’m still looking for on DVD. Stay tuned…

Pic of the Day: “The Deadly Quest Affair” revisited

Today our pic takes another look at The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode “The Deadly Quest Affair,” which first aired on October 30, 1967. Faithful henchman Stefan has just been shot by his double-crossing boss Viktor Karmak (Darren McGavin), but he’s not letting that stop him from carrying out his final mission.

The Deadly Quest Affair - 1967

Co-starring in this episode is Marlyn Mason, whom I seem to eternally get confused with Marsha Mason. She’s been a bright presence on television (mostly) for over fifty years and is still hard at work, making her own films.

Pic of the Day: “The Deadly Quest Affair” revisited

I apologize for missing yesterday! I was completely worn out from my burlesque class on Sunday. No, really.

Today’s pic is another one from “The Deadly Quest Affair,” the episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. that was first broadcast on October 30, 1967. Stefan, the muscle for his boss Viktor Karmak (Darren McGavin), has just been shot, and he’s not too happy about it. But one measly bullet isn’t going to keep him down for long.

The Deadly Quest Affair - 1967

This episode was directed by Swedish actor/director Alf Kjellin, very busy in both fields in Hollywood in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. You may remember him most vividly as Col. Ostrovsky, the Russian paratroop commander in John SturgesIce Station Zebra (1968).

Pic of the Day: “The Deadly Quest Affair” revisited

To mark the birthday anniversary of the late great Darren McGavin, today we take another look at “The Deadly Quest Affair,” the episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. that first aired just in time for Halloween on October 30, 1967. McGavin is exotic villain Viktor Karmak, complete with pet leopard. Timothy, as Karmak’s torpedo Stefan, is divesting Robert Vaughn and Marlyn Mason of weapons or anything else that would give them an unfair advantage as the plot unfolds.

The Deadly Quest Affair - 1967

Tim appeared with McGavin again the following year in the first episode of the series The Outsider, “For Members Only,” which I’m still working on finding a copy of. McGavin certainly ruled a big part of my teen years as Kolchak: The Night Stalker in the mid-1970s. He passed away in 2006  and is greatly missed.