Pic of the Day: “The Long Shot” revisited

Today we take another look at the earliest of Timothy’s television performances that we can get ahold of to date. It’s the Racket Squad episode “The Long Shot,” which first aired on July 3, 1952. Confused torpedo Frankie tries to figure out what he did wrong, while his boss, sweepstakes ticket counterfeiter Ed Mercer (Edward Keane), imagines his future in the big house.

The Long Shot - 1952

I’m still on the lookout for videos of several of Tim’s early television appearances that appear to have been lost, so if you ever come across them, please give me a shout.

Pic of the Day: “The Long Shot” revisited

Today we take another look at young Timothy from the Racket Squad episode “The Long Shot”. It was first broadcast on July 3, 1952. Con man Ed Mercer (Edward Keane) and his not-too-bright torpedo Frankie (along with their other associate; I’m unsure of the actor’s name) are fretting over a snag in their bogus sweepstakes tickets racket. Dig Tim’s striped socks.

The Long Shot - 1952

This episode was helmed by Erle C. Kenton, who began his career as one of Mack Sennett‘s Keystone Cops. He became a prolific director of shorts and feature films, and of television programs throughout the 1950s. His greatest directing achievement is undoubtedly Island of Lost Souls (1932), starring Charles Laughton, of whom Timothy was a big fan.

Video of the Week: “The Long Shot”

This week’s video showcases one of Timothy’s earliest recorded performances. He is great as dim bulb torpedo Frankie in “The Long Shot,” the episode of Racket Squad that first aired on July 3, 1952.

Also appearing are Edward Keane as his boss and Helen Spring as the mark, a sweet old lady who loves to play the ponies. Enjoy!

 

Pic of the Day: “The Long Shot” revisited

Today’s pic takes us back to one of Timothy’s first speaking parts in “The Long Shot.” It was the episode of Racket Squad that first aired on July 3, 1952. Dim-witted torpedo Frankie has an unwelcome surprise for his boss, Ed Mercer (Edward Keane).

The Long Shot - 1952

Keane had an uncredited bit part in The Perils of Pauline (1947), which South Dakota Slim would declare his favorite movie in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

Pic of the Day: “The Long Shot” revisited

Let’s end the work week with another look at “The Long Shot,” the episode of Racket Squad that provided Timothy with one of his first speaking roles in Hollywood. It was first broadcast on July 3, 1952. Frankie the torpedo, who is not exactly Einstein, is attempting to reassure his boss (Edward Keane, on the right; I’m not sure who the other fellow is) that all is well with their phoney sweepstakes tickets scheme.

The Long Shot - 1952

Tim appeared in a two-part episode of Gang Busters later that same year, “The Tri-State Gang,” but the episode has apparently been lost. Please revisit this post to learn more. Consider it another Holy Grail of Careyana. It’s out there somewhere…

Pic of the Day: “The Long Shot” revisited

Today we revisit “The Long Shot,” the episode of Racket Squad that provided Tim with one of his first speaking parts in Hollywood. It also marked his first outing in a role that would become one of his staples – the boss’ torpedo. “The Long Shot” was first broadcast on July 3, 1952. Frankie, not the sharpest knife in the drawer, thinks he has done his boss (Edward Keane) a favor. Nothing doing.

The Long Shot - 1952

Keane was an extremely prolific character actor. He appeared in scores of films, mostly in uncredited bit parts, from 1921 right up until his death in 1959.

Video of the Week: “Racket Squad”

Here’s a treat! Our video for this week features Tim in what is probably his first real speaking part. It’s the Racket Squad episode “The Long Shot,” first aired on July 3, 1952. It’s also his first outing in what would become a signature role for him, the boss’ torpedo.

Frankie’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he’s only got his boss’ best interests at heart.