Pic of the Day: “What’s the Matter with Helen?” revisited

Our pic for today (you know about clicking for embiggening, right?) revisits the great Curtis Harrington‘s What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971), starring Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters as two friends with a tragic past trying to get back on their feet in Depression-era Hollywood. Tim has a small but memorable role as a scruffy tramp depending on the kindness of Reynolds and her rich suitor Dennis Weaver.

Harrington was a fascinating character on the Hollywood scene. He began his career in association with the notorious Kenneth Anger, starting an independent film distribution company with him in the late 1940’s and appearing in Anger’s amazing short film Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954). He went on to direct such cult classics as Night Tide (1961), Queen of Blood (1966), Games (1967), How Awful About Allan (1970), Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1972) (which you can find on a double DVD with Helen), The Dead Don’t Die (1975), Ruby (1977) and Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978). He directed Timothy again in the Baretta episode “Set Up City” (1975). He retained a lifelong interest in magic and mysticism. A Harrington biography would be most welcome; it’s long overdue.

Pic of the Day: “The Second Time Around” revisited

Another day, another eBay find! This one is from The Second Time Around (1961), directed by Vincent Sherman and starring Debbie Reynolds. Tim is the bad guy (surprise), doing what he does best – manhandling people.

Tim would work again with Reynolds in Curtis Harrington‘s What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971). In the work-in-progress documentary that’s available at Absolute Films, Tim mentions that Reynolds was very nice to him, and very encouraging of his directorial efforts. The lady knows talent when she sees it!

Pic of the Day: “The Second Time Around”

Our pic of the day is from Vincent Sherman‘s innocuous Western comedy The Second Time Around (1961). Debbie Reynolds starred along with Steve Forrest and Andy Griffith. Tim appears as Bonner, a bad guy with a dagger tattooed on his hand (hence the glove).

The Second Time Around

It was while making this film that Tim met a young musician named Frank Zappa, and gave him the job of creating the score for The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962). And the rest, as the saying goes, is history.