Pic of the Day: “Peeper” revisited

Today’s pic brings us around once again to Peeper (1975), the amiable homage to 1940s detective yarns directed by Peter Hyams and written by Keith Laumer and W.D. Richter. Bad guys Sid and Rosie (Don Calfa) take care of some business while Ellen Prendergast (Natalie Wood) looks on and another fellow just hangs around.

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I had an ulterior motive for choosing a pic from Peeper – it’s Don Calfa’s birthday today! Two summers ago he shared some fabulous memories of working with Timothy in this film with Romeo Carey and I. Stay tuned! And happy birthday, Calfa.

Pic of the Day: “Peeper” revisited

It’s way past time we took another gander at Sid, the hulking torpedo of Peter Hyams‘ genial homage to the hard-boiled detective flicks of the 1940s, Peeper (1976). Here he oversees his sidekick Rosie (Don Calfa) working over our hero, Leslie Tucker (Michael Caine).

PeeperAs previously mentioned, Romeo Carey and I got a great interview with Calfa two summers ago at his memorabilia-packed little home in the California desert. Stay tuned for that – it’s coming, honest!

Quote of the Week

Timothy Carey and Dan [sic] Calfa, whose faces are more readily recognisable than their names, portray “heavy heavies” as [producer Irwin] Winkler describes them, whose deathly chores are only temporarily interrupted by excursions through Beverly Hills to view the homes of Veronica Lake and other favourites of the era.

– John Austin, “On the Hollywood Set: Caine – a ‘Bogey Man’ in FAT CHANCE [PEEPER]”, Photoplay Film Monthly, January 1975 (Vol. 26 No. 1)

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Pic of the Day: “Peeper” revisited

It’s been barely a month since the last Peeper pic, but as today is my dear husband’s birthday, he gets to choose today’s pic. And he decided he wants to see Timothy all snazzy and stylish in a suit and fedora, so how could we not turn to Peeper (1976) once again? Bumbling torpedoes Sid and Rosie (the great Don Calfa) prepare to interrogate a hapless ship steward, in a scene filmed aboard the majestic Queen Mary.

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I truly lucked out in the husband department. Happy birthday anniversary, sweetie!

Happy Birthday Don Calfa!

We here at the TCE are thrilled to wish a very happy 74th birthday anniversary to the great Don Calfa! Romeo Carey and I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing him last summer, at his memorabilia-packed home deep in the California desert. He shared some amazing memories of working with Timothy in Peeper (1975), and of his friendship with Tim in general. Here are the two of them in a scene filmed aboard the Queen Mary.

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Calfa is very much like Tim in that he brings his unique presence and flair to every role, no matter how large or how small. He’s a big part of what makes it so much fun to go to the movies. Happy birthday, Don!

Don Calfa and me

Pic of the Day: “Peeper” revisited

Today our pic takes another look at Peter HyamsPeeper (1975), the amiable tribute to private eye flicks of the 1940s. Even after a bit of brightness/contrast tweaking, it’s still pretty dark. But trust me, Timothy and Don Calfa are in a bit of a Mexican standoff with Michael Caine and a worried-looking Natalie Wood.

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Calfa told us during our interview with him last summer that after each take in which Tim had to man-handle Natalie, such as this one, he would wash his hands. Always the perfect gentleman!