Quote of the Week

In honor of the imminent release of Steve De Jarnatt’s gem of a short film Tarzana (1978) on video (yes, finally! Watch this space!), here is the director recalling his experience of working with Timothy on that film to Paul Rowlands of the Money Into Light film blog.

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How was working with the legendary Timothy Carey?
What can you say about Timothy Carey? There was only one. A brilliant, extremely complicated and odd performer and human being. Some say Tim, who was in Paths of Glory (1957) and The Killing (1956), was the reason Stanley Kubrick moved to England, and I sort of know why. Tim would call me a couple times a week after the film was shot and talk (or perform) for an hour – it could be a freaky sort of thing – and poor Stanley probably couldn’t take it. This is how Tim would roll with someone he trusted. Now I just regret I didn’t record all those rambling Dali-esque monologues of his. When I got my first professional gig in the 80s, directing the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode “Man from the South” with John Huston and Kim Novak, Tim called up Universal and said he was my manager and was supposed to get 50% of everything I made. (In truth, my entire salary went to joining the DGA on that one). I sort of drifted off from contact with him, but when I was casting for my first feature, Cherry 2000, Tim began to hound me for the part of Six Finger Jake. I did go to bat for him, but the studio and producer nixed it. I was very fortunate to get Ben Johnson, but Tim never forgave me. I had betrayed him. Ah well.
What was the shoot like?
We planned on shooting ten days and after three days, Tim Carey had used up all the film. Well, that’s not true, I did. I sat there agape and watched him riff in these crazy improvs that had nothing to do with the movie. One of the improvs is its own little cult film, Cinema Justice (1977). We had to shut down production and look for more money. 
Steve De Jarnatt, interview with Paul Rowlands, Money Into Light (accessed 10.29.17)
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Michael C. Gwynne and Tim, Tarzana (1978)

Pic of the Day: “The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street” revisited

Kicking off the week is another look at the Tenspeed and Brown Shoe episode “The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street,” first airing on June 20, 1980. Sanitarium denizen Obituary Bob absorbs the details of an escape plan being hatched by his pal Dean (Michael C. Gwynne).

The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street - 1980

Tenspeed and Brown Shoe was a short-lived but enjoyable caper series that deserved a better and longer run. Timothy and Gwynne had worked together previously in Steve De Jarnatt‘s short film Tarzana (1978) and were good friends off-screen as well. How great would a TV series starring the two of them have been? Pretty darn great, methinks.

Pic of the Day: “Tarzana” revisited

Today we take another look at a short film that hasn’t been seen in years. It’s Tarzana (1978), directed by Steve De Jarnatt and starring Michael C. Gwynne as world-weary private dick Milt Lassitor. Timothy has not nearly enough screen time as customs agent Benny Coughlin, who calls in his old Army buddy Milt to help crack a mysterious case.

Tarzana

As far as I know, plans to finally release this rare little gem are still in the pipeline. Watch this space!

Pic of the Day: “Tarzana” revisited

Inspired by my pals at the Fans of Timothy Carey group on Facebook, today’s pic is from Tarzana (1978), the short-film homage to hard-boiled detective flicks of the 1940s and ’50s directed by Steve De Jarnatt. Tim is customs agent Benny, about to ask a favor of his old Army buddy Milt (Michael C. Gwynne).

Tarzana

A DVD release of this great little film is imminent. Stay tuned – you’ll hear it here first!

Pic of the Day: “Cinema Justice”

I apologize for missing yesterday! A very busy weekend left me completely exhausted. But today we’re back with a pic from Cinema Justice, the six minute outtake from Steve De Jarnatt‘s as-yet-unreleased short homage to private dick flicks of the 1940s, Tarzana (1978). It’s developed somewhat of a cult following on its own, owing to its being frequently paired with The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962) at screenings around the world.

Cinema Justice

Before rehearsing the scene, neophyte director De Jarnatt made the unfortunate mistake of telling Timothy he could do “whatever he wanted” with the scene. Feeling unmoored, Tim went completely off-script and off the rails. Co-star Michael C. Gwynne made a valiant attempt to save the scene, which finally ended when the cameraman announced that they had run out of film. Gwynne later likened the experience to “visiting Niagara Falls”. Tarzana is now the property of Absolute Films, which is planning a release very soon. Watch this space!

Pic of the Day: “The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street” revisited

Our pic today takes another look at the Tenspeed and Brown Shoe episode “The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street” (see what they did there?). It first aired on June 20, 1980. Obituary Bob and his pal Dean, aka “Tokar the Magnificent” or something like that (Michael C. Gwynne) have just busted out of the sanitarium and are in search of the titular treasure.

The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street - 1980

Tenspeed and Brown Shoe was a short-lived but enjoyable caper series that deserved a better and longer run. Timothy and Gwynne had worked together previously in Steve De Jarnatt‘s short film Tarzana (1978) and were good friends off-screen as well. How great would a TV series starring the two of them have been? Pretty darn great, methinks.

Video of the Week: “One-Eyed Jacks”

This week’s video carries on the death scene theme with, well, Timothy’s death scene from One-Eyed Jacks (1961), directed by Marlon Brando. I’ve posted this before, but it certainly bears repeating.

There are some interesting comments on this video’s YouTube page from Tim’s old friend Michael C. Gwynne (user name purkasz), so check ’em out! The unfortunate girl is Margarita Cordova, real-life flamenco dancer.