In the midst of a sweltering summer, let’s dive once again into the cool waters of John Lamb‘s Mermaids of Tiburon (1962). Bad guy Milo Sangster looks sneaky as he is about to reveal one of the coveted “flame pearls” to his Mexican sidekick Pepe Gallardo (Jose Gonzales-Gonzales).
Gonzales-Gonzales was a familiar face in films and on television in the 1950s and ’60s, almost always portraying the stereotypical Latino characters of the day. He recorded a novelty 45 rpm disc in 1964 with the tunes “Pancho Claus” and “Tacos for Two.” His brother Pedro co-starred with Tim in the Sheriff of Cochise episode “The Great Train Robbery” (10.5.56).
We kick off the work week with another look at Milo Sangster, the evil-doer of John Lamb‘s Mermaids of Tiburon (1962). He is not above dynamiting mermaids and tossing his sidekick (Jose Gonzales-Gonzales) into shark-infested waters in his quest for the elusive “fire pearls.” Here he is pondering his plan while the wind messes up his hair.
Something tells me Timothy enjoyed being near the water. In this film and others like Bayou (1957), he seems right at home around water. I’m sure being a Pisces had something to do with it, if you go for that sort of thing.
Today we finally get a look at Timothy in the Sheriff of Cochise episode “The Great Train Robbery,” first broadcast on October 5, 1956. He portrays Stark, the nasty leader of a gang of thieves who pull off said robbery. As we all know, however, justice prevails (at least on television in the 50s), and Stark and his gang are eventually hauled off to jail by Sheriff Frank Morgan (John Bromfield).
Also appearing in this episode is Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, whose brother Jose co-starred with Tim in Mermaids of Tiburon (1962). Bromfield retired from acting in 1960 to become a commercial fisherman.
Today’s pic takes us back to Mermaids of Tiburon (1962), directed by underwater photography specialist John Lamb and starring actress, model and belly dancer Diane Webber as the Mermaid Queen. Timothy and henchman Jose Gonzales-Gonzales are in hot pursuit of the mermaids’ hidden treasure, the mysterious “flame pearls.”
Also appearing in this film is Tim’s old friend and former roommate Gil Barreto. He played Alonzo, Clarence Hilliard’s Mexican gardener, in The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962) as well.