Quote of the Week

GL: So you had a lot of trouble with other actors.

TC: A few of them didn’t like what I was doing, yeah. I did a show with Bob Ryan once – he was great, but he wouldn’t allow a lot of takes. “This is it,” he’d say. Adolphe Menjou didn’t care much for me, either. He was a man of the old school, and when we were in Munich shooting Paths of Glory, he thought I’d disgraced the company with my behavior. I had a toy monkey with me, and I was walking around with holes in my shoes.

GL: James Harris, the producer, told me you embarrassed the crew, that the Germans wanted to throw the whole company out of the country.

TC: Harris fired me. He made sure I’d done all my scenes, then fired me the next day. Emile Meyer, the guy playing the priest when we are being executed, also didn’t like me. He wanted to punch me because in my death scene I was biting his arm, saying, “I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die” [laughs]. Kubrick pulled me aside and said [menacing whisper], “Make it good, Tim. Kirk doesn’t like it.” When he fired me, Harris said, “You’ve already stolen all the scenes!”

– Grover Lewis, “Cracked Actor”, Film Comment Jan/Feb 2004; interview conducted in 1992

Pic of the Day: “Alaska Seas” revisited

Today’s pic revisits Jerry Hopper‘s maritime adventure Alaska Seas (1954). Marine repairman Wycoff is in pursuit of rascally rogue Matt Kelly (Robert Ryan), who owes him a pile of money ($920.60, to be exact). Nicky Jackson (Jan Sterling), girlfriend of fisherman Jim Kimmerly (Brian Keith), has just advised him as to Kelly’s whereabouts.

This nifty little film is available on Netflix Streaming, as well as on non-commercial DVD at Loving the Classics, so check it out!

I also wanted to let you all know that the blog will be going on hiatus for the rest of the week. We’ll be back on September 30, my wedding anniversary and the anniversary of the death of James Dean. So stay tuned!

Pic of the Day: “The Outfit” revisited

Inspired by the awesome folks at the Fans of Timothy Carey group on Facebook, today’s pic takes another look at The Outfit (1973), directed by John Flynn (Rolling Thunder [1977]). I am particularly digging everyone’s color-coordinated outfits here.

This is a great film that recalls the film noir classics of the past and gathers together many of its icons – not only Tim is here, but also Robert Ryan, Elisha Cook, Jr., Marie Windsor, and Jane Greer. There’s even a cameo by the great jazz chanteuse Anita O’Day. Don’t miss this one!

Pic of the Day: “Alaska Seas” revisited

By my dear husband’s special request, today’s pic is another shot from Alaska Seas (1954), directed by Jerry Hopper. Timothy’s boat repairman Wycoff is angrily demanding the $920.60 owed him by Matt Kelly (Robert Ryan).

“I did a show with Bob Ryan once,” said Tim in the Grover Lewis interview. “He was great, but he wouldn’t allow a lot of takes. ‘This is it,’ he’d say.”  Timothy and Ryan appeared together again in one of Ryan’s last films, John Flynn‘s The Outfit (1973).

Pic of the Day: “The Outfit” revisited

Today we take another look at John Flynn‘s The Outfit (1973), the underrated crime drama that gathered together many veterans of the classic film noir genre. Tim and Robert Ryan co-starred again for the first time since Alaska Seas (1954). The following essential conversation has just taken place. Tim: “We’ve got a problem.” Ryan: “No, you’ve got a problem.”

The amusing thing going on here is that just before this shot, a bird poops on Tim’s coat. It took me several viewings to notice it. It could be why he’s smiling.

Pic of the Day: “The Outfit”

Our pic for today comes to us from John Flynn‘s The Outfit (1973). Tim is Jake Menner, a truly nasty thug about to have some serious mayhem committed on his left hand by the man holding the gun, Earl Macklin (Robert Duvall).

Tim was usually able to lend a note of humanity to even his most low-life characters, but Menner is a mean, rotten piece of work. He participated in the torture of Macklin’s girlfriend Bett (Karen Black) and the murder of Macklin’s brother (both of which occur before the film begins). There is nothing redeeming about him, except perhaps for his fashion sense and for the sheepishly subservient way he approaches his boss (Robert Ryan). One of Tim’s best and nastiest performances – don’t miss it.

Pic of the Day: “Alaska Seas”

Today’s pic will appeal to the hipsters out there. It’s from a really obscure movie, you’ve probably never heard of it.

Alaska Seas (1954) was directed by Jerry Hopper. Tim portrays Wycoff, the owner of the local boat repair establishment, who vainly tries to recoup the $920.60 owed him by Matt Kelly (Robert Ryan). Wycoff has just tracked down Kelly, who last left Wycoff floating in the drink after he made off with his boat without paying Wycoff what he owed him. Tim just walks up to Ryan and stands there grinning. This shot cries out to be captioned a là LOLcats. O HAI! REMEMBER ME? YOU OWE ME NINE HUNDRED AND TWENTY DOLLARS AND SIXTY CENTS!

It’s hard to believe Tim was only 24 when he made this film; he looks and acts much older. But isn’t that the mark of a good actor? At one point he is seen through the door of his office sitting in his rocking chair, playing with and singing to a cat.

When Tim appeared with Ryan again in The Outfit (1973), my years of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fandom stood me in good stead and I couldn’t resist riffing on the scene. “Oh, by the way, it’s been 20 years and you still owe me $920.60. With interest.”