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.
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.
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.
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.
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.