Video of the Week: “The Book”

Our video this week is the Rawhide episode “The Book,” the first of Timothy’s two appearances in that long-running Western series. He only appears at the beginning and end of the episode, an unwelcome presence in the life of Pop Starke (Pat Hingle). Unfortunately, there is no sound until about 2:30 into the video.

This is another of Tim’s television appearances that was directed by the legendary Bernard L. Kowalski. Enjoy!


Pic of the Day: “The Book” revisited

Our pic for today takes another look at the Rawhide episode “The Book,” first airing on January 8, 1965. Pop Starke (Pat Hingle) is trying the patience of Carl Hatcher, the villain (big surprise, eh?).

The Book - 1965

Hingle was a familiar presence in films and on television from the 1950s all the way up until his death in 2009. He seemed to be equally adept at playing good guys and bad guys. His rascally personality gave a likeable edge even to his villains. He almost died in the late 1950s when he took a 50-foot plunge down an elevator shaft while attempting to escape a stalled elevator in his apartment building.

Pic of the Day: “He’ll Never See Daylight” revisited

Today’s pic takes another look at Matty Trifon, the glove-wearing, chicken-loving mobster of “He’ll Never See Daylight,” the inaugural episode of Baretta that first aired on January 17, 1975. Matty is in a somber mood as takes a phone call from his boss Frank Cassell (Joseph Mascolo) to discuss that pest Baretta (Robert Blake).

He'll Never See Daylight - 1975

Television legend Bernard L. Kowalski directed this episode. He also directed Timothy in the Rawhide episode “The Book” (1.8.1965), the Gunsmoke episode “Quaker Girl” (12.10.1966), the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder” (10.10.1976), and the TV movie Nightside (1980). I’m guessing he had a few tales to tell about working with Tim! I wish I could have had a chance to talk to him before he passed away in 2007.

Pic of the Day: “The Book” revisited

Our pic for this Friday is another look at the Rawhide episode “The Book,” which was first broadcast on January 8, 1965. Bad guy Carl Hatcher is giving Pop Starke (Pat Hingle) a stern warning.

The Book - 1965

Tim had a much more substantial role on the series later that year in the episode “Encounter at Boot Hill” (09/14/65). Clint Eastwood probably wished he were talking to an empty chair during their big fight scene.

On a Super-Secret Mission from God.

Not really. Well, it’s not super-secret at any rate. Anyway, I am in the Los Angeles area for the next two weeks. I will be meeting up with the dear folks with whom I will be working on Tim’s biography. Posting may be sporadic for the next few days at least. However, more will be revealed! So watch this space. In the meantime, here is a random pic of Tim.


Pic of the Day: “The Book”

Finally got it! Today’s pic is from the other episode of Rawhide that Tim appears in, “The Book.” It first aired on January 8, 1965. It was, if I’m not mistaken, the first time (but definitely not the last) Tim was directed by the legendary Bernard L. Kowalski. I will admit to you that I’ve just skimmed the episode at this point, so I could snag the screen caps. But it appears that Pat Hingle is in trouble with Timothy and his brothers over some kind of debt owed.

The Book - 1965

Tim only appears at the beginning and the end of this episode. He had a much more substantial role later on that same year in his second Rawhide episode, “Encounter at Boot Hill” (9/14/65).

Pic of the Day: “Encounter at Boot Hill” revisited

The work week ends with a nice close-up of Timothy staring down Clint Eastwood in the Rawhide episode “Encounter at Boot Hill,” first broadcast on September 14, 1965. I do believe Tim was one of the few men capable of pulling off such a feat.

Encounter at Boot Hill - 1965

Tim appeared in two episodes of Rawhide. I’ve so far been unsuccessful in finding the other one, “The Book” (1/8/65). Tracking it down as we speak…


Today is Timothy’s 83rd birthday anniversary. Here I am visiting his grave last September.

Visiting Tim.

Today seems like the perfect day to make a very special announcement. Many of you know that I’m working on a book about Tim. I have lots of people to thank for helping me get started and for lending their support and encouragement, but it’s been basically a solitary effort. Well, today I am happy to announce that I have partnered up with Timothy’s son Romeo Carey to help produce Tim’s official, authorized biography. Several other folks are involved as well, and this promises to be an epic undertaking. Stay tuned to this blog for reports on the book’s progress! And keep your eye on the Absolute Films website for a major update!

Happy birthday, Timothy. I hope we will do you proud.

“First crack out of the box, I’ve gotta tell you something about myself. I’m the guy who had the assignment of beating Jimmy Dean to a pulp in East of Eden. But you couldn’t begin to dig why Jimmy Dean and I hit it off the way we did unless you were zeroed in on me. I’m a big sort of lummox with a head of black hair, a wild gleam in my eyes, an innate scorn for convention, an innate appreciation for women, an ambition to be a great actor that burns my insides, contempt for clothes and contempt for what other people think. In other words, if you mark me down for an extrovert, an odd-ball, you’re in the right neighborhood.”

– “The Highways of Heaven,” Movie Stars Parade magazine, September 1957 (as told to Bill Tusher)