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!

Pic of the Day: “Peeper” revisited

Today our pic takes another look at Peter HyamsPeeper (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.

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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!

Pic of the Day: “Peeper” revisited

Today’s pic is another from Peeper (1975), Peter Hyams‘ comical take on the hard-boiled gumshoe genre of the 1940s. Bumbling torpedoes Sid and Rosie (Don Calfa) question a cruise ship attendant without trying to appear overly conspicuous.

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Calfa told me a very amusing story about filming this scene with Timothy aboard the Queen Mary in the broiling hot summer of 1974. You’ll just have to wait til the book comes out, heh heh!

Video of the Week: “Peeper” trailer

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!