Pic of the Day: “Peeper” revisited

Today’s pic brings us around once again to Peeper (1975), the amiable homage to 1940s detective yarns directed by Peter Hyams and written by Keith Laumer and W.D. Richter. Bad guys Sid and Rosie (Don Calfa) take care of some business while Ellen Prendergast (Natalie Wood) looks on and another fellow just hangs around.

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I had an ulterior motive for choosing a pic from Peeper – it’s Don Calfa’s birthday today! Two summers ago he shared some fabulous memories of working with Timothy in this film with Romeo Carey and I. Stay tuned! And happy birthday, Calfa.

Pic of the Day: “Peeper” revisited

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).

PeeperAs previously mentioned, Romeo Carey and I got a great interview with Calfa two summers ago at his memorabilia-packed little home in the California desert. Stay tuned for that – it’s coming, honest!

Pic of the Day: “Peeper” revisited

Let’s kick off the week with another look at Sid, the irascible hit man of Peter HyamsPeeper (1976). Here’s our first glimpse of him, playing innocent. He’s anything but.

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I honestly can’t think of anything different or witty to say about this one that I haven’t already. It’s a neat little homage to 1940s private eye flicks, readily available on video, so check it out if you haven’t done yourself that favor as of the moment you are reading this. Trust me.

Pic of the Day: “Peeper” revisited

Today being the 81st birthday anniversary of the great Michael Caine, it follows that our pic of the day is from Peter HyamsPeeper (1976). Private eye Leslie Tucker (Caine) faces down bad guy Sid, while an only slightly concerned Ellen Prendergast (Natalie Wood) looks on.

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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!

Quote of the Week

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)

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Pic of the Day: “Peeper” revisited

It’s been barely a month since the last Peeper pic, but as today is my dear husband’s birthday, he gets to choose today’s pic. And he decided he wants to see Timothy all snazzy and stylish in a suit and fedora, so how could we not turn to Peeper (1976) once again? Bumbling torpedoes Sid and Rosie (the great Don Calfa) prepare to interrogate a hapless ship steward, in a scene filmed aboard the majestic Queen Mary.

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I truly lucked out in the husband department. Happy birthday anniversary, sweetie!