It’s way past time we took another look at Shock Treatment (1964), directed by Denis Sanders. Timothy is uncredited but memorable in the role of a health-conscious mental patient. Here we see him eavesdropping on a heated exchange between Roddy McDowall and Stuart Whitman, shortly before he captures Whitman in a bear hug and proceeds to lecture him on vitamins and minerals.
McDowall was one of a small handful of cinematic performers who made the transition from child actor to adult roles a successful one. His bright and witty presence made many a film worth watching. A man of many talents, he was also an accomplished stage, radio and television actor, collector and preserver of Hollywood memorabilia, and a stellar photographer. His death at age 70 from lung cancer was truly a great loss to the film community, and to us all.
Our pic for today is a rarely-seen color transparency for Shock Treatment (1964), the weird psychological thriller directed by Denis Sanders and starring Stuart Whitman. This pic is unusual for several reasons. Firstly, the film is in black and white. Secondly, Lauren Bacall does not appear in the final version of this scene in the film. However, Romeo Carey has a black and white promotional still from the film that shows almost this exact scene, with Timothy very clearly in view as the patient seated at the table behind them (you can see his head just above Roddy McDowall‘s here).
Tim’s brief, uncredited role as a vitamin-and-mineral-conscious mental patient is another one of those tiny bit parts that he marked with the indelible “Timothy Carey” stamp. Again, you spend the whole rest of the film hoping – even certain – that he’ll turn up again. Alas, it is not meant to be.
Getting our week off to a vitamin-fortified start is our pic of the day, which I would like to invite you to click to embiggen. It is from Shock Treatment (1964), directed by Denis Sanders and starring Stuart Whitman and Roddy McDowall. Tim has yet another brief but memorable unbilled appearance as an inmate in a mental hospital.
He is showing Whitman how to make “vitamins D and E, for iron,” with water and ketchup. He and Whitman had both been in Convicts 4 two years previously, and would appear together again several years later in an episode of the television Western series Cimarron Strip.