Let’s kick off the week with another look at Chico, the seedy cantina proprietor/pimp of Gordon Douglas‘ Rio 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.
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.
This week’s video is another full-length film! This time it’s Rio Conchos (1964), directed by Gordon Douglas. Timothy is uncredited as sleazy cantina owner Chico, first appearing at about 1 hour 5 minutes into the movie.
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.
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.
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).
Timothy and Franciosa had previously appeared together in Gordon Douglas‘ Rio 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).
Today we revisit Rio Conchos (1964) and Timothy’s disreputable cantina proprietor Chico. Nothing phases Chico too much, as long as his dinner is not interrupted and he gets something out of it, preferably monetary.
Rio Conchos was directed by Gordon Douglas, who helmed such notable films as the sci-fi classic Them! (1954) and Frank Sinatra‘s The Detective (1968). He was not entirely satisfied with his directorial career, however. He once said, “Don’t try to watch all the films I’ve directed; it would turn you off movies forever.”
We now join our regularly scheduled program, already in progress… Our pic for today is another shot from Rio Conchos (1964), directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Richard Boone, Stuart Whitman and Tony Franciosa. Tim has a small but memorable role as Chico, a cantina owner who is a bit of a pimp as well.