Pic of the Day: “The Second Time Around” revisited

We head up the week with a shot from Vincent Sherman‘s amiable Western comedy The Second Time Around (1961) for the fourth or fifth time around on the blog. This one is another publicity still. Masked bad guy Bonner manhandles Lucretia Rogers (Debbie Reynolds), as Aggie Gates (Thelma Ritter) tries to prevent further mayhem.

The Second Time Around

Ms. Ritter, like Tim a Brooklyn native, was simply one of the greatest character actors ever, bar none. Her wry, wise-cracking presence enlivened many a classic film, from Miracle on 34th Street (1947) to All About Eve (1950) to Pickup on South Street (1953) to Rear Window (1954) and beyond. She was nominated six times for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, and never won. “Now I know what it feels like to be the bridesmaid and never the bride,” she said about this unfortunate turn of events. Shame on you, Oscar.

Pic of the Day: “The Second Time Around” French lobby card

Today’s pic is an unusual one. It’s a French lobby card for Vincent Sherman‘s The Second Time Around (1961). The French title is La Farfelue de l’Arizona, which roughly translates to The Wacky Lady of Arizona. Okay then! Timothy, as bad guy Bonner, faces down Sheriff Burns (fellow Brooklynite Ken Scott). I’m pretty sure that’s Duane Grey as Bonner’s unnamed sidekick on the left.

The Second Time Around - French lobby card

It’s always interesting to come across movie memorabilia from foreign lands and see what the films are called in other languages. For instance, the Mexican lobby cards for Finger Man call the film Balas en la Noche, which translates to Bullets in the Night. Not quite accurate, but evocative.

Pic of the Day: “The Second Time Around” revisited

Our first pic for the week checks back in with Vincent Sherman‘s The Second Time Around (1961), the amiable Western comedy starring Debbie Reynolds, Steve Forrest and Andy Griffith. Timothy appears as bad guy Bonner, looking menacing as he sucks on a cancer stick, dagger tattoo and all.

The Second Time Around

I’m sure I’ve mentioned several times that it was during the making of this film that Tim encountered a young untried composer by the name of Frank Zappa and hired him to write the orchestral score for The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962).

Pic of the Day: “The Second Time Around” revisited

Another day, another eBay find! This one is from The Second Time Around (1961), directed by Vincent Sherman and starring Debbie Reynolds. Tim is the bad guy (surprise), doing what he does best – manhandling people.

Tim would work again with Reynolds in Curtis Harrington‘s What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971). In the work-in-progress documentary that’s available at Absolute Films, Tim mentions that Reynolds was very nice to him, and very encouraging of his directorial efforts. The lady knows talent when she sees it!

Pic of the Day: “The Second Time Around”

Our pic of the day is from Vincent Sherman‘s innocuous Western comedy The Second Time Around (1961). Debbie Reynolds starred along with Steve Forrest and Andy Griffith. Tim appears as Bonner, a bad guy with a dagger tattooed on his hand (hence the glove).

The Second Time Around

It was while making this film that Tim met a young musician named Frank Zappa, and gave him the job of creating the score for The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962). And the rest, as the saying goes, is history.