Finishing up the work week is another look at “The Blue Angels,” the episode of Charlie’s Angels that first aired on May 4, 1977. Timothy is about to get shot by Ed Lauter in the first few minutes of the episode. I have no idea what happens after that. With no Tim, I just lost interest.
I really should give this episode another chance, given that it was directed by the great Georg Stanford Brown. Known mostly for his fine acting, he’s also an accomplished director of series television and made-for-TV movies. He’s even voiced a video game character or two. Tim would have been a great voice-over artist, I think.
Today’s pic is another of Timothy’s fleeting appearance in “The Blue Angels,” the episode of Charlie’s Angels that first aired on May 4, 1977. He appears at the beginning of the episode, has a brief exchange with the late great Ed Lauter, gets shot by him, and dies. Don’t ask me what happens after that; I lost interest.
Directing this episode was the great Georg Stanford Brown, seasoned veteran of films and television since the 1960s and still active today. He has nearly as many directing credits as acting credits, and is equally skilled at both.
We continue this week’s death scene theme with “The Blue Angels,” the episode of Charlie’s Angels that first aired on May 4, 1977. I posted this one a few months ago, but how could I not include it in an examination of Timothy’s death scenes? He shows up at the beginning of the episode, Ed Lauter shoots him, he dies quite memorably (as you can see), and the episode goes downhill from there.
Lauter has certainly carved a niche for himself in the Character Actor Hall of Fame, right alongside Tim. He’s been an unmistakable presence in many a film and television show since the early 1970s and is still going strong today. He enjoys playing bad guys. “I like those roles. Lee Marvin once told me, ‘When you play a heavy, every once in a while make the audience like you a little bit. Then they’ll think, ‘Wait a minute, he’s not such a bad guy. Did you see the way he petted that dog?'” Sounds like someone else we know…
Our pic for today takes another look at “Superstar,” the episode of the short-lived series Supertrain that was first broadcast on March 14, 1979. Timothy and Mills Watson are a pair of inept hitmen trailing a TV star (Dennis Dugan). Sylvia Sidney‘s character calls them “Dopey and Grumpy.”
Watson pretty much had a lock on the bumbling sheriff/deputy roles on television in the 1970s and ’80s. Hard-working character actor Ed Lauter reports that he is now retired on a 22-acre spread in Oregon, “happy as a clam.”