We were very sad to learn today of the sudden death on Halloween of Charles Herbert, child star of the 1950s and ’60s and Timothy’s nemesis in Bert I. Gordon‘s The Boy and the Pirates (1960). As it’s Video of the Week Wednesday, we dug into the archives and are re-posting this enjoyable video review of Pirates.
“Do you know who Timothy Carey is?” Herbert asked Classic Images during a 2006 interview. “He, on that movie [Pirates], probably scared me more than the Colossus of New York [laughs]! But he was a nice man, and he always tried to make you feel, ‘I’m not really crazy,’ and you would say, ‘Okay.’ And then he would walk away and you’d go, ‘He’s CRAZY!’ He was a scary man.” We wish Mr. Herbert peaceful rest.
I decided we needed some pirate Timothy today, so here he is once again from Bert I. Gordon‘s The Boy and the Pirates (1960). Morgan, that scurvy dog, is relishing the prospect of committing some mayhem upon young Jimmy (Charles Herbert).
In a 2006 interview with Classic Images, Herbert mentioned that Tim scared the bejabbers out of him during the making of Pirates. When asked to elaborate, he said, “It was just his eyes—those eyes! He’d look at me and I would run behind my mother. And I had to catch up to her, because she was tryin’ to find somebody else to hide behind [laughs]! His eyes, and the way he talked—all the time, he just seemed ANGRY, and out of control. But after a while, it didn’t bother me. He wasn’t somebody who was different off-screen—he was crazy on- AND off-screen.”
Tune in tonight to Turner Classic Movies as they show The Boy and the Pirates (1960) as part of their salute to Bert I. Gordon today!
Today’s pic takes another look at Bert I. Gordon‘s children’s adventure tale The Boy and the Pirates (1960). Disgruntled pirate crew members Peake (Mickey Finn), Hunter (Than Wyenn) and Morgan do some plotting.
Finn and Wyenn were busy character actors throughout the 1950s and 60s. They had both previously worked with Gordon, Finn in Earth vs. the Spider (1958) and Wyenn in Beginning of the End (1957). Wyenn was the more prolific of the two, working steadily until the mid-1980s. Finn’s credits end in the late 1960s; he passed away at the relatively young age of 55 in 1989. He turned up in an uncredited bit as a blacksmith in One-Eyed Jacks (1961). In spite of Gordon’s misgivings about hiring Timothy for the role of Morgan, I do believe Tim was born to play a pirate.
Avast me hearties, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! In observation of this stellar event, let’s take another look at Morgan, the meanest bilge rat who ever sailed the Seven Seas, from Bert I. Gordon‘s The Boy and the Pirates (1960). Here he is enjoying some of that famous pirate’s treasure we’ve heard tell about. (I was going to say “booty,” but that means something else now.)
Be off with ye now! Smartly, me lasses and laddies! Go forth and pillage!
Our video for this week doesn’t actually have Timothy in it, but he is talked about. It’s the introduction to the Turner Classic Movies broadcast of Bert I. Gordon‘s The Boy and the Pirates (1960) this past June during their Pirate Pictures Week. The presenter is actor and comedian Greg Proops.
It’s nice to hear Tim enthusiastically spoken about, isn’t it? Next week’s video will have him physically in it, I promise. Since he doesn’t appear in this week’s video, here’s a bonus pic from that very film.
Turner Classic Movies ends this month’s spotlight on pirate films tonight with Bert I. Gordon‘s The Boy and the Pirates (1960)! 7 pm Pacific, 10 pm Eastern.
Morgan, that scurvy dog, will be very upset with you if you miss it. Very. So unless you’re in the mood for a red-hot poker in your face, take my advice – don’t.