Video of the Week: “The Deadly Quest Affair”

Our video for this week is another full-length television episode, although unfortunately it will cost you $1.99 to check it out. Timothy, of course, makes it worth it if you’re feeling reckless. It’s “The Deadly Quest Affair,” from the groovy spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.  It first hit TV screens on October 30, 1967. It’s basically another boss’ torpedo role for Tim, but this time he kind of redeems himself in the end (you can count that as a spoiler alert, or not).

In his autobiography, Robert Vaughn mentions Tim’s role in Unwed Mother (1958) and some rather unusual ideas he had for same (see this post), then says, “…I heard very little about or from him since then.” Guess he forgot about this, huh?

Video of the Week: “Unwed Mother”

Our video for this week is the trailer for Walter Doniger’s Unwed Mother (1958), a cautionary tale to be sure… Tim appears as the grumpy abortion doctor who looks and sounds like he just stumbled in from an all-night bender. Thanks Doc, I have complete confidence in you.

This was Tim’s first film appearance after Paths of Glory. That is slightly akin to going from Citizen Kane to Plan 9 From Outer Space. Yikes. No doubt appearing in a “controversial” film like this helped fuel his desire to make a film that was truly controversial. And so The World’s Greatest Sinner was born.

Pic of the Day: “Unwed Mother”

Our pic of the day is from Walter Doniger’s Unwed Mother (1958). The titular character, naive Betty Miller (Norma Moore), has been knocked up by insincere cad Don Bigelow (Robert Vaughn). In desperation she visits a grumpy, greasy-haired back-alley abortionist, played by Tim. Things don’t go very well.

Unwed Mother
Vaughn had some interesting things to say about Tim’s characterization in his autobiography, A Fortunate Life:

The second picture I did was for Allied Artists and was titled Unwed Mother, a very provocative title for the late fifties. It starred Timothy Carey, an actor who had scored in Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory alongside Kirk Douglas. In our picture, Timothy played the role of an abortionist (also pretty frisky stuff for that time). When he arrived on the set to do his scene, dressed appropriately in a cheap dark suit, he opened his black medical bag and from it brought out some of the ugliest, vilest-looking knives, tools, hammers, and sundry stuff you’d likely see only in some triple-X horror movie. This bag had not been furnished by the prop department, nor was a bag of that kind mentioned in the script. It was all Timothy’s idea, and he had to be talked out of using it in his scene by the director, who threatened to have him fired and, if possible, kicked out of the Screen Actors Guild. He finally did acquiesce, and I heard very little about or from him since then.

I guess Vaughn forgot about the Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode he and Tim did together in 1967.