Pic of the Day: “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” press kit photo

Today’s pic (and you’ll be clicking for the embiggening) is from an incomplete press kit for The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) that I snagged on eBay. Tim is pictured along with co-stars Seymour Cassel, Morgan Woodward, Robert Phillips, John Red Kullers and Al Ruban (the latter the film’s producer as well).

This photo of Tim is the one that appears on his gravestone. My MSTie pals will remember Phillips as Mitchell‘s harried superior. “You’re gonna get me mad, Mitchell, and when that happens I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes. Now get out.”

Pic of the Day: “Speedtrap”

Our last pic of the work week is from Earl Bellamy‘s Speedtrap (1977). Timothy plays a gangster by the name of Larry Loomis, who speaks Italian to his boss (Robert Loggia), has a very unusual facial hair configuration, and rocks a Hawaiian shirt that would make Bruce Campbell proud.


Bellamy also directed Tim in the Starsky and Hutch episode we saw earlier this week. Tim’s co-star from The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, the great Morgan Woodward, also appears here. Tim and Loggia make a great team; I wish they had more screen time together and had been in other projects with each other.

Pic of the Day: “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie”

Today’s pic (and need I remind you to click to embiggen?) is from John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976). Tim is Flo, the strangely likeable, often garrulous torpedo of a soft-spoken, ever polite Hollywood mob boss (Morgan Woodward) putting the squeeze on stripclub owner Cosmo Vittelli (Ben Gazzara).

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

There is so much going on in this shot. The strained politeness between Gazzara and Woodward is priceless. Flo has just bestowed his famous double handshake on Cosmo, which is akin to having a huge pair of manacles clamped down on your wrists. But he appears to genuinely like Cosmo (even when he’s beating him up later in the film) and treats him like an old friend, expansively introducing him to the rest of the mob. It’s a scene you won’t forget in a film that will worm its way into your brain in the best of ways. Don’t miss it.