Here’s another one from the archives. It’s Timothy’s pivotal scene from John Flynn‘s The Outfit (1973), with a crackling screenplay by Flynn from Donald Westlake‘s novel. Tim’s ill-tempered gangster Jake Menner learns a hard lesson from bent-on-vengeance Earl Macklin (Robert Duvall).
One of Tim’s best performances in a stellar tribute to film noir. Don’t miss it!
Today, on what would have been Karen Black‘s 76th birthday, we present for this week’s video another one from the archives. It’s the trailer for John Flynn‘s gritty crime drama The Outfit (1973). It features Ms. Black and Timothy prominently.
You’ve heard me say it before, but I’ll say it again – this one is essential viewing. Enjoy!
We revisited this film quite recently, but as today is the 115th birthday anniversary of the great Robert Ryan, I couldn’t help but showcase it once again. Mobster Mailer (Ryan) is unimpressed by the predicament his freshly injured torpedo Jake Menner has gotten himself into.
We have sung Ryan’s praises here before, so please go take a look at previous posts. The Outfit (1973) was one of his final films. What a gift to the film community the man was.
A combination of hepcat messiah, hulking loner and life-long loose cannon, the great character actor Timothy Carey (1929 – 1994) cut a fearsome, unforgettable figure on-screen, whether it was manhandling James Dean in EAST OF EDEN, throwing beer in Brando’s face in THE WILD ONE, or moaning pitifully on his way to execution in PATHS OF GLORY. Carey was cast most often as a menacing gunman/enforcer, a role he played with relish in crime classics like THE KILLING, CRIME WAVE and THE OUTFIT. His off-screen reputation was just as notorious – Carey once got caught scaling the fence at 20th Century Fox in full armor to audition for PRINCE VALIANT, and he faked his own kidnapping in Germany during shooting on PATHS OF GLORY.
In reality, Carey was a restless, completely dedicated performer who counted John Cassavetes among his closest friends, and acted each role “like it’s the last film I’m gonna make, and I want it to be the best” (Carey.) His self-made 1962 masterpiece THE WORLD’S GREATEST SINNER – in which an ordinary man declares himself “God” in a SoCal suburb – fully deserves its reputation as one of the most outrageous underground movies ever made.
The Warner Archive Collection is a great source for several of Timothy’s films on DVD, including Waterhole #3 (1967), Chain of Evidence (1957), The Outfit (1973), Rumble on the Docks (1956), Convicts 4 (1962), and now this one. Way to go, WAC!
Today’s pic is another one from John Flynn‘s The Outfit (1973). Earl Macklin (Robert Duvall) is about to put the hurt big time on mean thug Jake Menner.
Duvall has been one of our most gifted actors since the early 1960s, when he began appearing in series television, anthologies and Westerns. He hit the big time with his unforgettable turn as Boo Radley in Robert Mulligan‘s To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Fifty-two years, one Best Actor Oscar (1983’s Tender Mercies), numerous other awards and nominations, and many classic films and performances later, he’s still going strong.
For mindless summer drive-in fare, you could hardly do better than Earl Bellamy‘s Speedtrap (1977). Here Larry Loomis, Italian gangster (??), has been sucker-punched by private eye Pete Novick (Joe Don Baker) and is none too happy about it.
Baker, from Groesbeck, Texas, has been a solid presence in films and on television for nearly fifty years. He hit the big time with Phil Karlson‘s Walking Tall (1973). Rough-and-tumble good guys like cops, cowboys and g-men are his specialty. He previously appeared with Timothy in John Flynn‘s The Outfit (1973).
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Our pic today has nothing to do with that, however, unless you count Timothy’s being half-Irish on his father’s side. At any rate, today we present a publicity still from John Flynn‘s The Outfit (1973). Nasty thug Jake Menner is in full grimace mode during the big shoot-out with Earl Macklin (Robert Duvall).