Pic of the Day: “Rio Conchos” revisited

Let’s kick off the week with another look at Chico, the seedy cantina proprietor/pimp of Gordon DouglasRio Conchos (1964). Mexican bandit Juan Luis (Anthony Franciosa) is hoping that a shiny trinket will pay for some time with one of Chico’s girls. He is correct.

Rio Conchos

Franciosa was always a joy to watch, wherever he turned up – in films, on television (he worked with Timothy again in “Fear of High Places,” the premiere episode of The Name of the Game in 1968) or on the stage. Like Tim, he developed a “difficult to work with” reputation. He utters one of my favorite lines of all time in one of his first films, Elia Kazan‘s A Face in the Crowd (1957): “I’m gonna tell you something that will move you and shake you!” He was quite unforgettable in Dario Argento‘s Tenebre (1982). He died in 2006 at age 77, the result of a massive stroke.

Pic of the Day: “Change of Habit” revisited

And now for a long-overdue look at the rude and probably racist grocery manager of Change of Habit (1969), Elvis Presley‘s last feature film. He has just realized that the mild-mannered nun he just sold a mop handle to is in fact his crusading nemesis, Sister Barbara (Jane Elliot).

Change of Habit

Timothy was directed here by the late William A. Graham, who also guided him through Waterhole #3 (1967) and The Name of the Game episode “Fear of High Places” (9.20.68).

Video of the Week: “Fear of High Places”

EDITOR’S NOTE 07/30/14: Another one gone with the wind. Sorry about that, folks.

And we’re back! I had a wonderful trip, but it sure is good to be home and back posting. So without further ado, here is our Video of the Week! It’s the premiere episode of The Name of the Game, “Fear of High Places”. It first aired on September 20, 1968. Timothy has a silent but quite interesting role as Jules Forel, enigmatic hit man.

Also appearing are series regulars Anthony Franciosa and Gene Barry, along with guest stars Robert Webber, Claudine Longet, Jeanne Crain, and even Zsa Zsa Gabor. Tim mentioned in his 1958 interview with Mel Heimer that one of his two snakes, a ten-foot python, was named Zsa Zsa. I wonder if he ever got a chance to tell her that. Anyway, this is a great time capsule of late ’60s television goodness. Enjoy!

Pic of the Day: “Fear of High Places” revisited

The week begins with another look at the inaugural episode of The Name of the Game, the unusually-structured drama series of the late 1960s – early 1970s. The episode was “Fear of High Places,” kicking off the series on September 20, 1968. Timothy mainly saunters around with some killer muttonchops, silent and mysterious as hired gun Jules Forel. Here he pauses while beating the cheese out of investigating reporter Jeff Dillon (Anthony Franciosa).

Fear of High Places - 1968

I apologize for the dreadful quality of the screen caps from this one. The series has not seen a proper commercial release, so until then, bootlegs it is. The other episode of the series in which Tim appears, “Aquarius Descending” (12.11.70), playing a character known as Desert Rat, has so far been impossible to dig up. If anyone out there has any leads they could point me to, I would be eternally grateful.

Quote of the Week

I believe I’ve posted this before, but I actually got ahold of a print version of this press release article, so here it is as it appeared in The Bay City [Michigan] Times TV TIMES, September 1, 1968. I like how Timothy mentions The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962) without naming it. Or maybe he did, and the higher-ups decided it wasn’t appropriate for family newspapers.

Article, Bay City Times, 1968

P.S. Yesterday was the busiest day ever on the blog! Welcome to all our new fans and friends! Thank you for stopping by – don’t be strangers now!

Pic of the Day: “Rio Conchos” revisited

Oops – forgot yesterday, so here we are today. Our pic is another look at Chico, the sleazy bar owner from Rio Conchos (1964), directed by Gordon Douglas. He has no problem pimping out girls to roguish Mexican convict Juan Luis (Anthony Franciosa) in exchange for shiny gold things.

Rio Conchos

Timothy is uncredited here, so he must have done something to piss off the top brass once again. He and Franciosa would appear together again four years later in “Fear of High Places,” the pilot episode of The Name of the Game television series.

Pic of the Day: “Fear of High Places” revisited

Today’s pic takes another look at Jules Forel, the silent assassin of “Fear of High Places”, the premiere episode of The Name of the Game which first aired on September 20, 1968. Here he is looking appropriately mysterious before the final showdown with investigating reporter Jeff Dillon (Anthony Franciosa).

Fear of High Places - 1968

Timothy and Franciosa had previously appeared together in Gordon DouglasRio Conchos (1964). Franciosa also had a substantial role in a film that I believe was a major influence on the creation of The World’s Greatest Sinner, Elia Kazan‘s A Face in the Crowd (1957). He truly scared the bejabbers out of me in Dario Argento‘s Tenebre (1982).