Quote of the Week

Most movie companies like to get the big action scenes – such as these battles – over with early. But, because of [Bill] Travers‘ accident, Duel at Diablo has had to postpone the battles until his return. So they are shooting the other stuff first.

I watched as James Garner and Timothy Carey acted a fight scene in the sheriff’s office. It was cruelly hot in the little building, under the hot lights. But the two actors didn’t seem to notice.

“Look, Tim,” Garner was saying. “I’ll hold your head like this (he grabbed Carey’s hair and banged a little on the floor). Don’t move too suddenly, because this is a real knife.”

He was sitting on Carey’s back, banging his head on the floor and holding the knife to his neck. A gizmo on the knife squirted red paint – movie blood – when Garner squeezed the knife handle.

They did the scene once, but it was no good – “Tim,” said [director Ralph] Nelson, “you have to fall so we can see the blood.”

It took several takes to get the scene right – the actions, the words and the blood all meshing nicely.

Between each take, they had to sweep up the floor. The red dust of Utah kept seeping up through the boards. And they had to dust off Carey’s front with a whisk broom.

Dick Kleiner, “Show Beat” column; various newspapers, October/November 1965

*Editor’s note: Timothy must have been let go from Duel at Diablo, as he does not appear in the finished film.

James Garner

James Garner 1928 – 2014

Pic of the Day: “What’s the Matter with Helen?” revisited

Today it’s time for another look at the Curtis Harrington-directed shocker What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971). Timothy is briefly but memorably seen as a panhandling tramp in 1930s Hollywood. Here he thanks Adelle (Debbie Reynolds) and her beau Linc Palmer (Dennis Weaver) for their generosity and for “giving a damn.”

What's the Matter with Helen?

Tim had worked with both Reynolds and Weaver previously – with Reynolds in The Second Time Around (1961), and with Weaver in the Gunsmoke episode “The Gentleman” (6.7.58). He would work with him again the following year in the McCloud episode “Fifth Man in a String Quartet” (2.2.72). If Tim hadn’t been fired from Ralph Nelson‘s Duel at Diablo (1966), that would have made four times he’d worked with Weaver.

Pic of the Day: “Fifth Man in a String Quartet” revisited

We kick off the work week with another look at the McCloud episode “Fifth Man in a String Quartet,” first broadcast on February 2, 1972. Timothy’s unnamed apartment house manager is helping out McCloud (Dennis Weaver) with a case.

Fifth Man in a String Quartet - 1972

As we all know, Tim and Weaver appeared three times together – here, in the Gunsmoke episode “The Gentleman” (1958), and in What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971). What most people don’t know, though, is that it might have been four. Tim had been cast in Ralph Nelson‘s Duel at Diablo (1966), also co-starring Weaver, and had a big fight scene with star James Garner. However, it looks like this was yet another film that Timothy was fired from.  It would be nice to get the full scoop on what happened.