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

Our pic today takes another gander at “Ain’t We Got Fun,” the episode of The Untouchables that was first broadcast on November 12, 1959. Loxie, the grinning pyromaniac muscle behind bootlegger Big Jim Harrington (Ted de Corsia), glares at Benny Hoff (Joseph Buloff), whose nightclub has been forcibly taken over by Harrington.

Ain't We Got Fun - 1959

Buloff and his wife were leading figures in Yiddish theater before ending up on Broadway, with Buloff later adding films and television to his repertoire. Upon his death in 1985, he left behind a rather impressive archive of his life and work which you can read about here.

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.

Pic of the Day: “The Killing” promo shot

We begin your work week with this amazing promotional still for Stanley Kubrick‘s The Killing (1956). From left to right: Jay C. Flippen, Joe Sawyer, Kola Kwariani, Elisha Cook Jr., and Ted de Corsia. The young man in front with the rifle needs no introduction, I hope.

The only thing that could make this shot any more awesome would be if it was taken by Kubrick himself.

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

Let’s start off the week with another look at “Ain’t We Got Fun,” the episode of The Untouchables that first aired on November 12, 1959. Tim is uncredited as Loxie, the grinning pyromaniac torpedo of bootlegger Big Jim Harrington (Ted de Corsia).

Ain't We Got Fun - 1959

Today’s pic is from the strange, surreal sequence at the end of the episode in which Loxie and Harrington torment comic Johnny Paycheck (Cameron Mitchell), who unfortunately does not tell them to take this job and shove it. It’s definitely one of the most off-beat things ever seen on television in the late 1950’s.

Video of the Week: “Ain’t We Got Fun”

Our video for this week is from the great crime series The Untouchables, starring Robert Stack as special agent supreme Eliot Ness. The episode is “Ain’t We Got Fun,” first broadcast on November 12, 1959. Tim is unforgettable as Loxie, the grinning pyromaniac torpedo to Ted de Corsia‘s bootlegger Big Jim Harrington.

There are four parts, so be sure to watch them all. Tim and fellow Brooklynite de Corsia were also both in Crime Wave (1954), The Killing (1956) and the Profiles in Courage episode “Andrew Johnson” (1965). Tim really must have angered some major higher-up involved with The Untouchables, as he received no screen credit for what is a rather important part. I just don’t get it.

Pic of the Day: “The City is Dark” (aka “Crime Wave”)

Today’s pic is another of my eBay finds. Crime Wave (1954) was originally known as The City is Dark (a much better title, I think), and there is still some ephemera from this film out there that is available under that title.

aka Crime Wave

From left to right, we have Charles Bronson, Tim, Ted de Corsia, Jim Hayward, and Gene Nelson. Directed by the great André De Toth, it’s one of the best film noirs ever – don’t you dare miss it.

Pic of the Day: “Ain’t We Got Fun”

Our pic for today is another giggle-worthy shot of Tim from the Untouchables TV series episode “Ain’t We Got Fun,” first broadcast on November 12, 1959. Tim is Loxie, the pyromaniac torpedo of bootlegger Big Jim Harrington (Ted de Corsia). I believe this shot is the very definition of “arms akimbo” (not to mention “silly face”).

Untouchables

de Corsia, also Brooklyn born and raised, may hold the title of Tim’s most frequent co-star. In addition to this episode, they both appeared in Crime Wave, The Killing, and (later in the 60s) an episode of the Profiles in Courage TV series. Tim did not receive screen credit for his role as Loxie, which is mystifying as it’s rather an important part.

Pic of the Day: “Crime Wave”

Today’s pic (you know about the click-to-embiggen thing, right?) is from one of the best film noirs ever made, André De Toth‘s Crime Wave (aka The City is Dark) (1954). Tim made his first big impression on audiences (but apparently not on the film’s producers, who gave him no screen credit) as grinning, cigarette-puffing Johnny Haslett, the least trustworthy member of Ted de Corsia‘s gang. And that’s saying a lot.

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Tim really pulls out all the stops with this character. His voice is pitched high, he twitches, grimaces and giggles to beat the band, and you’re left wondering just what exactly is in that cigarette he’s smoking. He doesn’t appear until the final act of the film; he then proceeds to walk away with it. There are many wonderful things about Crime Wave – Tim is most definitely at the top of the list.

Seen from left to right are Jim Hayward, Timothy, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you who the fellow in the white t-shirt is.