Pic of the Day: “The Killing” revisited

Dear Alec Baldwin, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood: The actor whose name you were grasping for on Up Late with Alec Baldwin tonight is, in fact, Timothy Carey. He, and not Joe Turkel, as you eventually surmised, portrayed Nikki Arano, the hepcat racehorse assassin from Stanley Kubrick‘s The Killing (1956).

The Killing

Just so’s you know. If I can be of further assistance, please advise. Otherwise, kudos for a great show!

Quote of the Week

The scene [in Paths of Glory] when the three men are served their last meal racked up an enormous amount of takes due to the unorthodox acting methods of Timothy Carey, who continued to surprise the camera with unexpected gestures and facial manipulations. The shot in which the men grab at the duck dinner that is to be their last, took up to sixty-eight takes. If the take was aborted before the duck was ripped apart by the desperate men it could be used for the next take. If it had already been destroyed, a new duck was readied for the next take. “Timothy Carey just couldn’t do the same thing twice, either deliberately or unconsciously,” Kubrick told Rolling Stone. “He had to eat this meal in a prison cell and every take required an untouched duck.”

 […] The film is filled with sharply drawn characterizations – especially by Ralph Meeker, Joe Turkel, and the irrepressible Timothy Carey as the doomed soldiers.

Vincent LoBrutto, Stanley Kubrick: A Biography (Donald I. Fine Books, 1997)

Paths of Glory

Pic of the Day: “The Boy and the Pirates” revisited

Today we revisit Bert I. Gordon‘s The Boy and the Pirates (1960). The boy, Jimmy (Charles Herbert), meets the pirates, including Morgan, Blackbeard (Murvyn Vye) and Snipe (Paul Guilfoyle). They appear to be skeptical of Jimmy’s claim that there is a genie (Joe Turkel) in that bottle.

The Boy and the Pirates

Vye appeared often in Broadway musicals, originating the role of Jigger Craigin in the 1945 production of Carousel. He also sang often in the movies (introducing the Gypsy tune “Golden Earrings” in the film of the same name), but usually ended up playing tough guys.