On the Occasion of Sterling Hayden’s 100th Birthday Anniversary

I usually don’t post on Saturdays, but as the legendary Sterling Hayden was born 100 years ago today, I couldn’t not post. Timothy appeared in three films with him: Hellgate (1952), Crime Wave (1954) and The Killing (1956), getting a chance to really interact with him only in the latter film. It’s too bad there weren’t more, but what we have is choice. Hayden was a true iconoclast, the very definition of “rugged individualism.” They just don’t make ’em like that anymore. Sir, we salute you.


Hellgate (1952), with Joan Leslie and James Anderson

Crime Wave

Crime Wave (1954), with Phyllis Kirk, Gene Nelson and Mack Chandler

The Killing (1956)

The Killing (1956), directed by Stanley Kubrick

Pic of the Day: “Crime Wave” lobby card

Already anticipating the screenings of Crime Wave (1954) and The Killing (1956) next month as Turner Classic Movies celebrates its Star of the Month for May, Sterling Hayden, today’s pic takes another look at the former film. It’s one of the best examples of film noir ever, directed by Andre’ De Toth.

Crime Wave lobby card

This intensely red-tinted lobby card features Hayden and Mack Chandler rounding up Timothy and Gene Nelson, as Phyllis Kirk looks on. I encourage you not to miss this film if you haven’t seen it. It’s a winner in every respect.

Pic of the Day: “Crime Wave” revisited

Our pic for today revisits Crime Wave (1954), aka The City is Dark, filmed in 1952 by Andre’ De Toth but released in 1954. Timothy and Gene Nelson are being hauled away by Sterling Hayden and Mack Chandler, as Phyllis Kirk looks on. Tim has just taken an epic tumble down a flight of stairs, apparently with no stunt man.

Crime Wave

I can’t emphasize enough what a great film this is. If you haven’t seen it yet, shame on you.


Pic of the Day: “Crime Wave” revisited

Today’s pic honors Sterling Hayden on what would have been his 96th birthday. He appeared in three films with Timothy: Hellgate (1952), Crime Wave (1954) and The Killing (1956). Here we see him and Mack Chandler apprehending Tim and Gene Nelson in the climactic scene of Andre De Toth‘s Crime Wave.

I also want to direct your attention to this great appreciation of Crime Wave over at NoirBabes.com, where Timothy is the featured star this week! Hayden brought any film he was in up several notches, just by his mere presence. He is one of the reasons I love the movies so much.  Happy birthday, General Ripper!

Pic of the Day: “Crime Wave”

Today’s pic (you know about the click-to-embiggen thing, right?) is from one of the best film noirs ever made, André De Toth‘s Crime Wave (aka The City is Dark) (1954). Tim made his first big impression on audiences (but apparently not on the film’s producers, who gave him no screen credit) as grinning, cigarette-puffing Johnny Haslett, the least trustworthy member of Ted de Corsia‘s gang. And that’s saying a lot.


Tim really pulls out all the stops with this character. His voice is pitched high, he twitches, grimaces and giggles to beat the band, and you’re left wondering just what exactly is in that cigarette he’s smoking. He doesn’t appear until the final act of the film; he then proceeds to walk away with it. There are many wonderful things about Crime Wave – Tim is most definitely at the top of the list.

Seen from left to right are Jim Hayward, Timothy, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you who the fellow in the white t-shirt is.