Pic of the Day: “Naked Gun” revisited

Happy 2014! Let’s kick off the new year with another look at mustachioed Timothy in Naked Gun (1956), not the Leslie Nielsen cavalcade of hilarity but the low-budget Western featuring B-movie action star Willard Parker. Here we see grinning henchman Hartman helping his boss Joe Barnum (Barton MacLane) greet Sonny Glenn (Tom Brown) and Susan Stark (Veda Ann Borg). There’s a cursed Aztec treasure floating around the plot somewhere as well.

Naked Gun

Quintessential tough guy MacLane was in the home stretch of his impressive career by this point. He was so closely identified with the no-goodniks and knock-abouts he portrayed on film that, according to his IMDb entry, “his name was for a time used proverbially, to generally describe a shouting, hard-nosed ruffian.”

Pic of the Day: “Naked Gun” revisited

Today we revisit Naked Gun (1956) – not the Leslie Nielsen laugh-fest, but the low-budget Western also known as The Hanging Judge. Tim has a rather substantial role as Hartman, the bad guy’s henchman. Here saloon proprietress Veda Ann Borg oversees a shady card game.

The fellow in black without a hat is Tom Brown, who began his career as a child model, and later an actor. He modeled for Buster Brown Shoes, Arrow shirts and Buick.