Pic of the Day: “One-Eyed Jacks” transparency

Whoa everybody, I apologize for being away most of this week! I got sidelined with a bad cold. Today, though, I am back with something really special. I promise to post a better scan of this as soon as I figure out how to scan transparencies (apparently I have to make a folded paper doohickey… well anyway). For now, I’m using the pic that accompanied the eBay auction I got this from. It’s an original transparency of a behind-the-scenes shot from One-Eyed Jacks (1961), featuring Timothy and his director/star, Marlon Brando. And they’re laughing!

One-Eyed Jacks

Poor Margarita Cordova can be seen on the left. I owe a really good high-quality scan of this to my pal Toby of 50 Westerns From the 50s, who brought this auction to my attention, for the book he’s writing on the filming of Jacks. This is another one of those rarities of Careyana that brings a smile to my face. Hope you feel the same.

 

Pic of the Day: “Naked Gun” publicity still

Let’s close out the week with another publicity still. This one is from the low-budget Western Naked Gun (1956), directed by Eddie Dew and an uncredited Paul Landres. Timothy is getting his clock cleaned by a determinedly two-fisted Tom Brown.

Naked Gun

Many thanks to Toby from 50 Westerns From The 50s for this one! No wonder I missed it; it’s listed as Naked Guns, plural. Pretty bad when the distributor (Associated Film Releasing Corp.) can’t even get the name of their own film right. As I believe I’ve mentioned before, Brown began his career as a child model for advertisements, including Buster Brown shoes. Any relation? You make the call.

 

Pic of the Day: “One-Eyed Jacks” promotional still

Today we observe the 90th birthday anniversary of the legendary Marlon Brando. Timothy appeared with him twice, in The Wild One (1953) and One-Eyed Jacks (1961). Here is a rarely seen promo still from that latter film that I received from friend of the blog Toby Roan, author of the forthcoming A Million Feet of Film: The Making of One-Eyed Jacks. In a scene not appearing in the final cut of the film, the dead body of ne’er-do-well Howard Tetley is carried away by Rio, the man who shot him (Brando), Chico (Larry Duran) and Sheriff Dad Longworth (Karl Malden).

One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

 

“You know, I was always a hound for publicity,” Tim said in the Psychotronic interview. “They were doing the Academy Awards and Brando was up for it. Well, I knew him from The Wild One, I knew he was going to get it (for On the Waterfront), so I was getting dressed up for it and I was going to go up there and get it before he got there, but some guy from Western Costume who was dressing me up talked me out of it.” I think most of us secretly – or perhaps not so secretly – wish he had gone ahead with his dastardly plan. Sending afterlife birthday greetings to you, Mr. Brando!

Pic of the Day: “One-Eyed Jacks” behind the scenes still

Today’s pic comes to us courtesy of our friend Toby Roan of the great 50 Westerns From The 50s blog. Toby is also the author of the work-in-progress A Million Feet of Film: The Making of One-Eyed Jacks. He sent me this amazing still a while back. It’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the shooting of the whipping scene from that film. Even though Timothy’s character doesn’t appear in this scene, being dead and all, we are fairly certain that that is Tim sitting on the ground at the upper right of the photo.

Behind the scenes - One-Eyed Jacks

We’re not exactly sure what that is he’s holding; looks like some kind of measuring instrument. In the foreground are, of course, Marlon Brando and Karl Malden. I for one am anxious to read Toby’s finished work. It’s bound to be something special!

Quote of the Week

We are indebted to 50 Westerns From the 50s blogger Toby Roan (and his wife!) for this week’s quote. This is the earliest newspaper tidbit about Timothy that I’ve seen to date.

Timothy Carey of Brooklyn followed Horace Greeley‘s advice, went West and landed a screen role with Clark Gable in Across the Wide Missouri.

The lanky young Brookridge High School alumnus, following several seasons playing pro baseball, found himself in Colorado.

He heard that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was about to film the outdoor saga near Durango. With summer stock experience in the east to his credit, Carey set up housekeeping at an abandoned cabin near the studio location.

He finally met Director William Wellman, who gave him the role of French Dunord, Gable’s trapper friend.

Not being a member of the regular Hollywood group, Carey has the distinction of being the only screen actor to share a cabin with several chipmunks.

– “Hollywood Newsreel,” Lebanon (PA) Daily News, August 24, 1950

Across the Wide Missouri

The entirety of Tim’s role as “French Dunord, Gable’s trapper friend”

Pic of the Day: “One-Eyed Jacks” revisited

Our pic for today is an interesting behind-the-scenes shot from Marlon Brando‘s One-Eyed Jacks (1961). Timothy and Brando appear to be going over their big fight scene.

Brando and Tim on the One-Eyed Jacks set

 

Thanks to the awesome Toby Roan, who runs the great 50 Westerns From The 50s blog and is writing a book on the making of One-Eyed Jacks, we now know why Tim’s character, Howard Tetley, looks like he’s been beaten up. He has been! Toby sent me copies of several pages of the original script, which depict Tetley drunkenly taking on all comers, challenging them to knock him off of a wooden sawhorse type of thing. Several men, including Sheriff Dad Longworth (Karl Malden), have a grand time rearranging Tetley’s face. It’s just too bad most of Timothy’s scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. They would have gone a long way towards defining his character.