Our pic today revisits the foreign intrigue potboiler Flight to Hong Kong (1956), directed by Joseph M. Newman. Diamond smuggler Tony Dumont (Rory Calhoun) enlists the aid of shady thug Lagarto at a dive bar in Macao.
Here is yet another of Timothy’s early films that deserves a proper commercial DVD release. You can, however, buy or rent it digitally at Amazon Instant Video.
Our pic today takes a long-overdue look at Flight to Hong Kong (1956), the low-budget international diamond-smuggling caper directed by Joseph M. Newman. It looks like something inappropriate is going on here, but it’s just Tony Dumont (Rory Calhoun) trying to get thug Lagarto out of the way so he can get a better look at a mysterious suitcase, as Cappy (Bob Hopkins) and another miscreant in the shadows look on.
Hopkins – and that’s Hopkins, not Hoskins – racked up many credited and uncredited bit parts in film and on television in his relatively short career. He died at the young age of 44 in 1962.
Closing out the week is another look at The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959), featuring Joel McCrea as legendary lawman Bat Masterson. Crooked deputy Forbes is rather miffed at finding himself locked out of a meeting between Masterson and his boss, equally crooked Sheriff Jim Regan (Don Haggerty).
Gunfight was directed by Joseph M. Newman, who had directed Tim three years earlier in Flight to Hong Kong (1956). His most famous film is perhaps the sci-fi classic This Island Earth (1955). It’s been discovered, however, that Jack Arnold (It Came From Outer Space) ended up re-shooting almost half of the film after the studio found itself dissatisfied with Newman’s results. Arnold received no on-screen credit for his work, much like Tim in Gunfight. Time to give credit where credit is due.
Today we take another look at Flight to Hong Kong (1956), the foreign intrigue potboiler directed by Joseph M. Newman. Diamond smuggler Tony Dumont (Rory Calhoun) locates thug-for-hire Lagarto in a shady bar in Macao and enlists his services for his next evil plan. Lagarto is quite the fashion plate with his neckerchief and skimpy t-shirt.
Los Angeles native Calhoun enjoyed a long career as a dashing leading man in scores of films and television shows from the 1940s until shortly before his death in 1999. He became something of an “elder statesman” in his later years, taking roles that some may feel were beneath him, but which he seemed to enjoy and kept him busy and working. I’m especially fond of his performance in Kevin Connor‘s Motel Hell (1980). “It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s Fritters!”
And out of that binder full of Timothy comes our pic of the day! It’s another bizarre promotional still for Flight to Hong Kong (1956), with another shot that isn’t actually in the movie. Along with this one, I’m sure these stills were basically used as models for poster artwork.
Rory Calhoun pretends to land a punch on Tim as Bob Hopkins (on the left) and another unidentified actor (I’ll try and figure out who he is) look on. Hopkins and Tim both had small uncredited roles in I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955).
Our video this week is another full-length film! And we know how long those last on YouTube, so watch it while you can. It’s Joseph M. Newman‘s The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959), starring Joel McCrea as Bat Masterson. Timothy is unbilled once again as Forbes, crooked deputy to Don Haggerty‘s crooked Sheriff Regan.
Newman also directed Tim in Flight to Hong Kong (1956). This neat little Western is readily available on video, so snag yourself a copy today!
Starting off the work week is another look at Flight to Hong Kong (1956), directed by Joseph M. Newman. Timothy’s sleazy thug-for-hire Lagarto and his pal Cappy (Bob Hopkins) are eager to open what Tony Dumont (Rory Calhoun) wants them to think is a suitcase full of diamonds. It isn’t.
Not much else to say about this one. Tim’s appearance is, as usual, brief but memorable. You can catch this one on Netflix Instant; it’s worth a look.