Video of the Week: “What’s the Matter with Helen?” trailer

This week’s video is the trailer for Curtis Harrington‘s favorite of all of his films, What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971). Timothy is briefly glimpsed as the panhandling bum who gives Debbie Reynolds quite a scare.

Also featured are Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver, Pamelyn Ferdin (quintessential child star of the ’60s and ’70s and the voice of Lucy in most of the early Charlie Brown television specials), and the flamboyant Irish theatrical powerhouse Micheál MacLiammóir. Harrington was a proud Careyphile and spoke highly of Tim in his autobiography. Enjoy!

Pic of the Day: “Fifth Man in a String Quartet” revisited

Today’s pic takes another look at the McCloud episode “Fifth Man in a String Quartet,” first airing on February 2, 1972. Timothy’s unnamed apartment super shows McCloud (Dennis Weaver) around the apartment of a musician accused of murder.

Fifth Man in a String Quartet (1972)

Tim definitely was at his heaviest in the early 1970s. It’s hard to believe that by the end of the decade, he would be as thin as a reed again. From what I’ve gleaned from the family, he certainly liked to eat! He was especially fond of Chinese and Mexican food.

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

Our pic today takes another gander at Curtis Harrington‘s What’s The Matter With Helen? (1971). Glamorous dance teacher Adelle (Debbie Reynolds) answers a knock at the door, thinking it’s her date (Dennis Weaver). It isn’t.

What's The Matter With Helen?

As we know, Harrington was very fond of Timothy, calling him “my favorite bogeyman”. They worked together once more after this film, in the Baretta episode “Set Up City” (10.29.75).

Pic of the Day: “Fifth Man in a String Quartet” revisited

Our pic of the day revisits the McCloud episode “Fifth Man in a String Quartet”. It was first broadcast on February 2, 1972. Timothy’s unnamed apartment house manager is taking McCloud (Dennis Weaver) to investigate the apartment of a musician suspected of murder.

Fifth Man in a String Quartet - 1972

 

If Tim had not been fired (I’m not 100% certain that’s what happened, but all signs point to it) from Duel at Diablo (1966), he would have worked with Weaver four times and not three. For sure they appeared together here, in the Gunsmoke episode “The Gentleman” (6.7.58), and in What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971).

Pic of the Day: “Fifth Man in a String Quartet” revisited

Today we revisit the McCloud episode “Fifth Man in a String Quartet.” It first reached your television screen on February 2, 1972. Timothy is an unnamed apartment manager helping out McCloud (Dennis Weaver) on a case.

Fifth Man in a String Quartet - 1972

Helming this episode was Russ Mayberry, journeyman television director for nearly thirty years. If you watched any TV series, popular (I Dream of Jeannie) or obscure (Occasional Wife), in the 1960s or ’70s, chances are you watched at least one episode directed by Mayberry.

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

Today it’s time for another look at the Curtis Harrington-directed shocker What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971). Timothy is briefly but memorably seen as a panhandling tramp in 1930s Hollywood. Here he thanks Adelle (Debbie Reynolds) and her beau Linc Palmer (Dennis Weaver) for their generosity and for “giving a damn.”

What's the Matter with Helen?

Tim had worked with both Reynolds and Weaver previously – with Reynolds in The Second Time Around (1961), and with Weaver in the Gunsmoke episode “The Gentleman” (6.7.58). He would work with him again the following year in the McCloud episode “Fifth Man in a String Quartet” (2.2.72). If Tim hadn’t been fired from Ralph Nelson‘s Duel at Diablo (1966), that would have made four times he’d worked with Weaver.

Pic of the Day: “Fifth Man in a String Quartet” revisited

We kick off the work week with another look at the McCloud episode “Fifth Man in a String Quartet,” first broadcast on February 2, 1972. Timothy’s unnamed apartment house manager is helping out McCloud (Dennis Weaver) with a case.

Fifth Man in a String Quartet - 1972

As we all know, Tim and Weaver appeared three times together – here, in the Gunsmoke episode “The Gentleman” (1958), and in What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971). What most people don’t know, though, is that it might have been four. Tim had been cast in Ralph Nelson‘s Duel at Diablo (1966), also co-starring Weaver, and had a big fight scene with star James Garner. However, it looks like this was yet another film that Timothy was fired from.  It would be nice to get the full scoop on what happened.