Kicking off the week a day late is Harmon Jones‘ Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952), the musical extravaganza starring Mitzi Gaynor and Scott Brady. It provided Timothy with one of his earliest (if uncredited) speaking roles as Crockett Pace, the hot-tempered mountain-folk (“hillbilly” is so gauche) suitor of future Broadway star Emily Ann Stackerlee (Gaynor). He is seen here getting his hat knocked off by equally hot-tempered Numbers Foster (Brady).
Jones, a native of Canada, began his Hollywood career as a film editor at 20th Century-Fox in the mid-1940s. He received an Academy Award nomination for his work on Elia Kazan‘s Gentleman’s Agreement (1947). He turned to directing in the early 1950s, and kept himself well occupied with both film and television projects until the late 1960s. His son, Robert C. Jones, also became an editor, getting his impressive resume off to a fine start with John Cassavetes‘ A Child Is Waiting (1963).
As we head off into the first weekend of spring, let’s take another look at Harmon Jones‘ Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952). Emily Ann Stackerlee (Mitzi Gaynor) has dissuaded her erstwhile fiance Crockett Pace from shooting Numbers Foster (Scott Brady) and Poorly Sammis (Wally Vernon), but Pace remains skeptical.
Ms. Gaynor is without question one of the greatest stars of musical theater who ever lived. She’s been tearing up the Broadway stage almost her entire life. She only appeared in films for thirteen years; television and the stage seem to be her preferred venues. At 82, she’s still packin’ ’em in at her one-woman show, Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins. Go get ’em Mitzi!
We start the week with another look at Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952), directed by Harmon Jones. Timothy is uncredited but memorable as hillbilly Crockett Pace, who doesn’t cotton to strangers on his property.
Bloodhounds is a musical based on the story of the same name by Damon Runyon. The characters are blessed with all those fabulous Runyonesque names, like Numbers Foster, 52nd Tessie, Poorly Sammis, Dave the Dude, Ropes McGonigle, Lookout Louie, Curtaintime Charlie, etc. Interesting that Tim had originally hoped to become a singer, but was told he was tone deaf; he went into acting instead. It would have been great to see him sing in a musical, tone deaf or not.
Ending the work week is another pic from Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952), directed by Harmon Jones. Tim doesn’t have a whole lot to do in the uncredited role of Crockett Pace, Mitzi Gaynor‘s hillbilly suitor, but it was one of his first speaking parts.