In anticipation of tonight’s airing of the Lillian Roth biopic I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955) on Turner Classic Movies (9:00PM PST, 12:00AM EST), we present another screen shot from Timothy’s don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-him appearance about halfway through the film, as a sweaty derelict in a seedy flophouse. He is on his way to (it is strongly implied) molest Ms. Roth (Susan Hayward in her Oscar-nominated performance) as she lies in a delirious alcoholic stupor.
Another of Tim’s uncredited “bit parts” that makes you wish he was a bigger part of the story. Don’t miss this excellent film tonight!
Today’s pic is another from Timothy’s fleeting, uncredited appearance as the drunken denizen of a tawdry flophouse in Daniel Mann‘s I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955). He’s sidling over to get a better look at that biopic’s subject, Broadway star Lillian Roth (Susan Hayward), passed out on a bed and at a very low point in her tragic life.
Mann, another Brooklyn native (along with Tim and Hayward), had a special rapport with actors, often drawing out some of their best performances. This could be due to the fact that he had been acting himself since childhood. After studying with legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, Mann became one of the first instructors at the Actors Studio. He enjoyed a long career directing some of our finest actors on stage, in films and on television.
Our video of the week showcases Timothy’s don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-him bit part in Daniel Mann‘s I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955), the harrowing story of actress/singer Lillian Roth‘s descent into alcoholism. He’s a drunken bum stumbling around a dingy flophouse, on the verge of molesting an equally drunken Roth (Susan Hayward in her fourth Oscar-nominated performance). Tim appears at about 12:00.
Tim had previously appeared in White Witch Doctor (1952) along with Hayward, although they had no scenes together (they really don’t here either; they never appear in the same shot). Hayward finally won that richly deserved Oscar for I Want to Live! (1958), also based on a true story (many of her best roles were as real-life women). She’s a true Hollywood legend – smart, brave and gutsy. And, like Tim, from Brooklyn!
Today’s pic (click to embiggen, blah blah, you know this) features Tim in one of his very early film appearances. It’s yet another don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-him part. The film is White Witch Doctor (1953), directed by the notorious Henry Hathaway and starring Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward. Tim is the henchman of bad guy Walter Slezak.
He doesn’t last too long, but true to form, he makes sure he strategically positions himself for some good shots like this one. Hathaway encountered Tim again a year later, I’ve no doubt much to his chagrin, when Tim costumed himself in medieval garb, climbed over a wall at the Fox studios, and accosted Hathaway in the commissary, angling for a part in Prince Valiant (1954). He didn’t get it.
Today’s pic (don’t forget to click to embiggen) features Tim in another of his don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-him roles. I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955) was directed by Daniel Mann. It garnered Susan Hayward her fourth Oscar nomination for her portrayal of musical star Lillian Roth‘s harrowing journey into, and out of, alcoholism. As she lies delirious in a dingy flophouse, Tim’s character stumbles drunkenly into her room, wearing what looks like a woman’s coat (and nothing else). It is strongly implied that he then proceeds to take advantage of her.
He is uncredited, silent and only on screen for a few seconds. Like I say, don’t leave the room or you’ll miss him.