Pics of the Day: “Ain’t We Got Fun”, “Tarzana” and “Fast-Walking” revisited

Since I usually don’t do a post on Saturdays, I am treating you to three pics today for the price of one! Just because I had them, and they were too good not to share. Our death scene theme shuffles off its mortal coil with Timothy dying spectacularly in, respectively, The Untouchables episode “Ain’t We Got Fun” (11.12.1959), the short Tarzana (1978), and the film Fast-Walking (1982).

Ain't We Got Fun - 1959

Loxie the pyromaniac torpedo meets his maker in a hail of gunfire.

Tarzana

Benny the customs agent expires from a poison-tipped dart.

Fast-Walking

Bullet the junkie con bites the bullet after being tossed off the prison catwalk.

Now that we’ve got all that death out of our system, join us again next week for much happier prospects!

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: “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: “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.