Pic of the Day: “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” revisited

March comes in like a lion with this great shot from John CassavetesThe Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976). Flo, the genial muscle behind a gang of mediocre Hollywood mobsters, prepares to greet Cosmo (Ben Gazzara) outside the Crazy Horse West. He is flanked by the gang’s accountant (John Red Kullers) and Mort (Seymour Cassel). Never has a warm greeting seemed more threatening.

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Finding more than the few spare details available about Kullers has proved difficult. He also worked with Cassavetes on-screen in Husbands (1970) and behind the camera for Gloria (1980). While he did bit parts in films and television in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he was mostly active on the Broadway stage during this time. He passed away in 1985 at the age of 73. More information on this intriguing fellow would be much appreciated.

 

A day late but no less heartfelt.

The Timothy Carey Experience wishes a very happy 82nd birthday anniversary to the lovely and supremely talented Gena Rowlands! She was married to John Cassavetes from 1954 until his death in 1989. It is safe to say that she was his muse. The following delightful photographs are from Cassavetes on Cassavetes by Ray Carney (Faber and Faber, 2001). When Rowlands was nominated for an Oscar for her terrific performance in Gloria (1980), Timothy threw her an “anti-Academy Awards party.” Cassavetes is examining a flier for The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962) in the bottom picture.

Happy birthday, Gena!