Video of the Week: “Hellgate”

EDITOR’S NOTE 10/20/2015: Another one bites the dust. My apologies.

Our video this week features another of Timothy’s early film appearances, fleeting and dubbed over as it is. It’s Charles Marquis Warren‘s Hellgate (1952), starring a man Tim would encounter again on-screen, Sterling Hayden. Tim can be seen very early in the film as one of bad guy James Anderson‘s henchmen.

This entertaining combination of Western and prison drama boasts an impressive cast – in addition to Hayden and Anderson, Joan Leslie, Ward Bond, and James Arness are also on board. It’s possible that Tim appears again amongst the extras in the prison scenes, but I haven’t been able to catch a glimpse of him. Perhaps you might be more successful than I – if so, please let me know! Enjoy!

Happy Memorial Day and Happy Birthday James Arness!

Here in the US we are observing Memorial Day, in honor of those who gave their lives during war. It seems that every year I post a pic from Paths of Glory (1957) on this date, and this year is no exception. We thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and we pray that there be no more sacrifices asked for.

Paths of Glory promo still

On a less somber note, today we also celebrate the birthday anniversary of the late great James Arness, who was born on this date in 1923. Here he is about to put the smackdown on Timothy for being an abusive jerk to Virginia Baker in the Gunsmoke episode “The Gentleman,” first airing on June 7, 1958.

The Gentleman  - 1958

Video of the Week: “The Gentleman”

Our video for this week is the Gunsmoke episode “The Gentleman,” which first aired back on June 7, 1958. Timothy is Tiller Evans, the abusive suitor of saloon girl Boni Damon, played by Virginia Baker, who was married to (but separated from) Jack Palance at the time.

It’s frightening to watch Tim go from sweet to vicious in the space of about five seconds. It’s also rather irritating to see Marshal Dillon and Chester blame Boni for her predicament, rather than just say “Wow, that Tiller Evans is a jerk, he shouldn’t be hitting her like that. Let’s get him!” I know, it was the Fifties. Tim could now say that he was punched out on-screen by both Peter Graves and James Arness. How many actors can say that?

Pic of the Day: “The Gentleman” revisited

Today we take another look at Tiller Evans, the abusive suitor of the Gunsmoke episode “The Gentleman”. It was first aired on June 7, 1958. He’s got Marshal Dillon (James Arness) in his sights, but it won’t be ending well for him.

The Gentleman - 1958

This episode was directed by fellow Brooklynite Ted Post. He enjoyed an almost 50-year career as a prolific director of television programming, including 56 episodes of Gunsmoke. He passed away just this past August at the age of 95.

Pic of the Day: “The Gentleman” revisited

It’s way past time that we took another look at “The Gentleman,” the Gunsmoke episode that was first broadcast on June 7, 1958. Troublemaker supreme Tiller Evans is about to get his clock cleaned by Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness). Right in front of Delmonico’s too! That can’t be good for business.

The Gentleman - 1958

If you search a bit, you may still be able to buy furniture from the Delmonico-Gunsmoke collection, which has apparently been discontinued. Bummer!

Pic of the Day: “The Gentleman” revisited

Our pic for today (and need I remind you to click to embiggen?) is a rather beautiful shot of Timothy as hateful Tiller Evans in the Gunsmoke episode “The Gentleman,” first airing on June 7, 1958. He has just gotten punched out by Marshal Dillon (James Arness) for being abusive towards Boni Damon (Virginia Baker), hostess at the Long Branch Saloon. Boni will soon be finding solace with “the gentleman” of the title, dapper Marcus France (Jack Cassidy).

The Gentleman - 1958

Tim had worked the previous year with Baker’s then-husband, Jack Palance, in House of Numbers. Also the previous year, he got punched out by Arness’ brother, Peter Graves, in Bayou. Hollywood’s a small town!

PS: Catch Tim in Bikini Beach and Beach Blanket Bingo tonight on Turner Classic Movies!

Video of the Week: “Bayou/Poor White Trash”

This week’s video presents the final showdown between Timothy and Peter Graves in Bayou (1957), re-edited and re-released in 1961 as Poor White Trash. Ulysses has come to take Marie (Lita Milan) away, and no sugar-talking dirty punk Yankee city fella from swell country is going to stop him!

This scene really could have benefited from the classic Star Trek fight scene music, I think. The following year, Tim would duke it out on the small screen with Graves’ brother, James Arness, on Gunsmoke.

James Arness 1923 – 2011

I was very sad to learn of the death today of James Arness, Marshal Dillon of Gunsmoke and countless other roles, most notably as the “giant carrot from outer space” of Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks’ The Thing from Another World (1951).  Here he is with Tim in the Gunsmoke episode “The Gentleman,” which first aired on June 7, 1958.

"The Gentleman"

Tim was able to say that he was punched out on-screen by both James Arness and Peter Graves. Not too many people could lay that claim. Happy trails, Marshal Dillon.