Pic of the Day: “Ain’t We Got Fun” revisited

Today we take another gander at Loxie, the fire-loving torpedo behind a bootlegger, from the episode of The Untouchables known as “Ain’t We Got Fun.” It first aired on November 12, 1959. Loxie is taking in a comedy show with his boss, Big Jim Harrington (Ted de Corsia) and Harrington’s moll, Renee Sullivan (Phyllis Coates).

Ain't We Got Fun - 1959

It still boggles my mind that Timothy received no screen credit for this rather important role. I can only imagine which higher-ups he must have irritated and what he must have done to irritate them to lead them to remove his name from the credits.

Pic of the Day: “Ain’t We Got Fun” revisited

Today we take another long-overdue look at “Ain’t We Got Fun”, the episode of The Untouchables that was first broadcast on November 12, 1959. Loxie, the muscle behind bootlegger Big Jim Harrington (Ted de Corsia), enjoys a night on the town with Harrington and his moll, Renee Sullivan (Phyllis Coates).

Ain't We Got Fun - 1959

Timothy was well into shooting The World’s Greatest Sinner when he made this episode, which was directed by Roger Kay. Kay also helmed The Cabinet of Caligari (1962), based on the classic German Expressionist silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). He gained a certain amount of notoriety when he apparently attempted to wrest the screenplay credit for that film from its rightful owner, Robert Bloch. Bloch described the ordeal (and his subsequent victory) in his autobiography, which just shot to the top of my must-read list.

Pic of the Day: “The Great Train Robbery” revisited

The pic for today is another look at Stark, the crazed but rather dapper-looking train robber of “The Great Train Robbery,” the episode of Sheriff of Cochise that was first broadcast on October 5, 1956. I am not sure who the actors portraying his two cohorts in crime are.

The Great Train Robbery - 1956

This episode was directed by Lee “Roll ‘Em” Sholem, who earned his nickname by efficiently racing his way through approximately 1300 television episodes and feature films during his 40-year career without going over schedule once. While directing an episode of The Adventures of Superman in 1952, he hastily revived Phyllis Coates after she had been accidentally knocked unconscious by a fellow actor. He then quickly had her finish the scene, before her face began to swell up.

Pic of the Day: “Ain’t We Got Fun” revisited

Our pic today takes another look at “Ain’t We Got Fun,” the episode of the venerable television crime series The Untouchables that debuted on November 12, 1959. Bootlegger Big Jim Harrington (Ted de Corsia), his moll Renee (Phyllis Coates), and his torpedo Loxie are taking in the act of irreverent comic Johnny Paycheck (Cameron Mitchell). Paycheck is seriously working Loxie’s last good nerve. The big lug can barely restrain himself from punching Johnny’s lights out.

Ain't We Got Fun - 1959

Coates was born Gypsie Ann Evarts Stell in Wichita Falls, Texas. She enjoyed a long career as one of the most lovely and talented television stars of the 1950’s and ’60s. She is perhaps most famous for her portrayal of Lois Lane, intrepid girl reporter, in the Adventures of Superman series opposite George Reeves.