Pic of the Day: “Flight to Hong Kong” revisited

Our pic today revisits the foreign intrigue potboiler Flight to Hong Kong (1956), directed by Joseph M. Newman. Diamond smuggler Tony Dumont (Rory Calhoun) enlists the aid of shady thug Lagarto at a dive bar in Macao.

Flight to Hong Kong

Here is yet another of Timothy’s early films that deserves a proper commercial DVD release. You can, however, buy or rent it digitally at Amazon Instant Video.

Pic of the Day: “Flight to Hong Kong” revisited

Our pic today takes a long-overdue look at Flight to Hong Kong (1956), the low-budget international diamond-smuggling caper directed by Joseph M. Newman. It looks like something inappropriate is going on here, but it’s just Tony Dumont (Rory Calhoun) trying to get thug Lagarto out of the way so he can get a better look at a mysterious suitcase, as Cappy (Bob Hopkins) and another miscreant in the shadows look on.

Flight to Hong Kong (1956)

Hopkins – and that’s Hopkins, not Hoskins – racked up many credited and uncredited bit parts in film and on television in his relatively short career. He died at the young age of 44 in 1962.

Pic of the Day: “The Gunfight at Dodge City” revisited

Closing out the week is another look at The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959), featuring Joel McCrea as legendary lawman Bat Masterson. Crooked deputy Forbes is rather miffed at finding himself locked out of a meeting between Masterson and his boss, equally crooked Sheriff Jim Regan (Don Haggerty).

The Gunfight at Dodge City

 

Gunfight was directed by Joseph M. Newman, who had directed Tim three years earlier in Flight to Hong Kong (1956). His most famous film is perhaps the sci-fi classic This Island Earth (1955). It’s been discovered, however, that Jack Arnold (It Came From Outer Space) ended up re-shooting almost half of the film after the studio found itself dissatisfied with Newman’s results. Arnold received no on-screen credit for his work, much like Tim in Gunfight. Time to give credit where credit is due.

Pic of the Day: “Francis in the Haunted House” revisited

As Halloween approaches, we take another look at Hugo, hulking castle minion, in Francis in the Haunted House (1956), directed by Charles Lamont. Here he calmly assess the situation with Helen Wallace, Virginia Welles, Charles Horvath (holding the empty suit of armor) and (I’m fairly certain) Paul Cavanagh.

Francis in the Haunted House (1956)

Horvath was one of the top stuntmen in Hollywood, brawling his way through countless films and television shows from the late 1940s until his death in 1978. He and Timothy had uncredited roles in Joseph M. Newman‘s The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959). And like Tim, he worked with John Cassavetes late in his career, in A Woman Under the Influence (1974).

Pic of the Day: “The Gunfight at Dodge City” revisited

Our pic of the day takes another long-overdue look at The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959), directed by Joseph M. Newman. Don Haggerty, Timothy, and Mauritz Hugo are Dodge City’s crooked lawmen, about to get their clocks cleaned by Bat Masterson (Joel McCrea).

The Gunfight at Dodge City

Hugo arrived in the U.S. from Sweden at age fifteen and established himself as a reliable character over the ensuing years, especially in Westerns. He was fortunate enough to have lost his accent along the way, freeing himself from getting typecast in “ethnic” roles.

Pic of the Day: “Flight to Hong Kong” revisited

Today we take another look at Flight to Hong Kong (1956), the foreign intrigue potboiler directed by Joseph M. Newman. Diamond smuggler Tony Dumont (Rory Calhoun) locates thug-for-hire Lagarto in a shady bar in Macao and enlists his services for his next evil plan. Lagarto is quite the fashion plate with his neckerchief and skimpy t-shirt.

Flight to Hong Kong

Los Angeles native Calhoun enjoyed a long career as a dashing leading man in scores of films and television shows from the 1940s until shortly before his death in 1999. He became something of an “elder statesman” in his later years, taking roles that some may feel were beneath him, but which he seemed to enjoy and kept him busy and working. I’m especially fond of his performance in Kevin Connor‘s Motel Hell (1980). “It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s Fritters!”

Video of the Week: “The Gunfight at Dodge City”

Our video this week is another full-length film! And we know how long those last on YouTube, so watch it while you can. It’s Joseph M. Newman‘s The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959), starring Joel McCrea as Bat Masterson. Timothy is unbilled once again as Forbes, crooked deputy to Don Haggerty‘s crooked Sheriff Regan.

Newman also directed Tim in Flight to Hong Kong (1956). This neat little Western is readily available on video, so snag yourself a copy today!