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It’s way past time we took another gander at Sid, the hulking torpedo of Peter Hyams‘ genial homage to the hard-boiled detective flicks of the 1940s, Peeper (1976). Here he oversees his sidekick Rosie (Don Calfa) working over our hero, Leslie Tucker (Michael Caine).
Today being the 81st birthday anniversary of the great Michael Caine, it follows that our pic of the day is from Peter Hyams‘ Peeper (1976). Private eye Leslie Tucker (Caine) faces down bad guy Sid, while an only slightly concerned Ellen Prendergast (Natalie Wood) looks on.
It’s great to see Caine still working steadily in films, as he has been since the late 1950s. He’s always a delight to watch on-screen, and the interplay between himself and Tim in this film, however brief, is a gem. With at least five films currently in production, he’s unstoppable. Happy birthday, Sir Michael!
Timothy Carey and Dan [sic] Calfa, whose faces are more readily recognisable than their names, portray “heavy heavies” as [producer Irwin] Winkler describes them, whose deathly chores are only temporarily interrupted by excursions through Beverly Hills to view the homes of Veronica Lake and other favourites of the era.
– John Austin, “On the Hollywood Set: Caine – a ‘Bogey Man’ in FAT CHANCE [PEEPER]”, Photoplay Film Monthly, January 1975 (Vol. 26 No. 1)
Today our pic takes another look at Peter Hyams‘ Peeper (1975), the amiable tribute to private eye flicks of the 1940s. Even after a bit of brightness/contrast tweaking, it’s still pretty dark. But trust me, Timothy and Don Calfa are in a bit of a Mexican standoff with Michael Caine and a worried-looking Natalie Wood.
Calfa told us during our interview with him last summer that after each take in which Tim had to man-handle Natalie, such as this one, he would wash his hands. Always the perfect gentleman!
This week’s video is the trailer for Peeper (1975), directed by Peter Hyams and starring Michael Caine and Natalie Wood. The great Guy Marks narrates and speaks the credits in the actual film, doing a stellar Humphrey Bogart impersonation.
The aspect ratio is a little wonky, but it still works. We also want to extend warmest birthday wishes today to the Carey twins, Romeo and Silvana!
This week we will be featuring some of Timothy’s promotional stills, lobby cards and whatnot. First up, in honor of his co-star Don Calfa’s birthday anniversary today, is a promo still from Peeper (1976), the genial homage to 1940s gumshoe mystery flicks directed by Peter Hyams. Irascible torpedo Sid has his roscoe trained on our hero, Leslie C. Tucker (Michael Caine).
I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I got a terrific interview with Calfa last year, wherein he recounted with great delight his experiences working with Tim in this film, and their subsequent friendship. We here at TTCE wish Don a most splendiferous birthday!