Video of the Week: “Fast-Walking”

EDITOR’S NOTE 10/11/12: Has been removed by the user. Sorry about that.

Speaking of Fast-Walking (1982), here it is in its entirety! Not sure how this has managed to stay on YouTube for so long. Enjoy it before it gets taken down! Timothy first appears about 30 minutes in.

Fast-Walking was directed by James B. Harris, the man who fired Tim from Paths of Glory (1957). It also stars the late great Susan Tyrrell, James Woods, Kay Lenz, Tim McIntire, Robert Hooks and M. Emmet Walsh. It’s kind of sleazy but features some great performances. Check it out!

Susan Tyrrell 1945 – 2012

I was very saddened to learn of the death yesterday of actor Susan Tyrrell. Like Timothy, she was a free spirit who could not be put in a box. Her only film with Tim was Fast-Walking (1982). Regretfully, they did not appear onscreen together. Our pic of the day nonetheless is from that film and is dedicated to her. Here Timothy’s junkie convict Bullet is being summoned to a meeting with Wasco (Tim McIntire) by Squeeze (John Friedrich).

There is a wonderful interview with Tyrrell in the same issue of Psychotronic Video magazine (#6, Summer 1990) that has the interview with Timothy. She will always be Queen Doris of the Sixth Dimension to me.  Rest well, Susu.

Pic of the Day: “Fast-Walking” revisited

Our pic for today revisits the prison drama Fast-Walking (1982), directed by James B. Harris, the man who fired Tim from Paths of Glory (1957). Wasco (Tim McIntire) is attempting to get Bullet (our Tim) in on his new drug-dealing scheme.

Interesting to see Tim, a complete teetotaler, playing a junkie here, while McIntire, playing a man who “never touches the stuff” (he’s only in it for the money), struggled mightily with drugs and alcohol for years. His demons finally killed him at the age of 41, four years after this film was made.

New addition to Tim’s filmography!

A special treat for the last day of the year! Today’s guest blogger is my awesome husband Byron Caloz. He has a keen interest in lost and/or previously undiscovered films and TV shows. He recently made an exciting discovery and wants to share it with you. Take it away, Byron!

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A new addition is now confirmed for Timothy Carey’s filmography/videography: Two episodes in the first broadcast season of Gang Busters! Alas, most of the episodes from the first season are not on DVD. They were filmed so it is possible they exist somewhere, but at least we know which episodes are his (we had heard from Romeo Carey, Tim’s son, that Tim had told him he was on Gang Busters).

Tim Carey appeared as the character Legenza in “The Tri-State Gang” which was broadcast as part 1 on  November 9, 1952 on NBC, and then part 2 on Nov. 27, 1952 (Gang Busters was broadcast at the same time and day but on alternate weeks with the original Dragnet television series). Interestingly, the two part episode was not filmed as all one production and then split, but rather was filmed as two separate productions, part 2 first as production 12, then part 1 as production 15; both directed by George Habib.

This information came from the superbly researched book by Martin Grams, Jr. titled Gang Busters: The Crime Fighters of American Broadcasting. While the cast list is available, there is no plot summation, but Legenza is clearly the gang leader and the F.B.I. investigator on his tail is Agent Hibbs, played by Larry Dobkin.

Here is the original plot which was first used for the radio on Sept. 14, 1935 for the pre-cursor series to Gang Busters: G-Men. Walter Legenza and Robert Mais shot their way to freedom while being transported from a jail to see their attorney. They shot two guards and a police officer and the police officer died. Later the two with their gang robbed a bank but police caught up with them and soon captured them.

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On that note, all of us here at The Timothy Carey Experience (that is, Byron and myself) wish all of you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! Here’s hoping you tackle whatever problems come your way with the same sense of triumph and love of life that Timothy displays in this promotional shot from Fast-Walking (1982). For Auld Lang Syne, everybody!

Pic of the Day: “Fast-Walking”

Our pic of the day is from one of Tim’s final feature films, Fast-Walking (1982), directed by James B. Harris, the co-producer of Paths of Glory and the man who fired Tim from that film. Tim plays a convict by the name of Bullet, a junkie who smells bad, at least according to Wasco (Tim McIntire).

I am not a huge fan of this rather sleazy film (although McIntire’s monologue listing every illegal drug known to man, and probably a few that aren’t, is, as previously noted, amazing). I can’t help thinking that it’s Harris’ revenge on Tim for Paths. However, Bullet is a memorable character (dig the eyebrows), as if we expected anything less from our Tim.

Video of the Week: “Fast-Walking”

EDITOR’S NOTE 10/11/12: Blocked for copyright infringement. Sorry about that, folks.

Our video for this week features Tim with another Tim – McIntire, that is – in a scene from Fast-Walking (1982), the rather sleazy prison drama directed by James B. Harris, the co-producer of Paths of Glory (1957) and the man who fired Tim from that film (after all his scenes were in the can, I’m happy to add).

In this scene Tim McIntire delivers what is truly one of the greatest monologues in film history. He died four years after this film was made, at the age of 41, drugs and alcohol having taken their toll on his heart.