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 [Walter Doniger], 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.*
Today’s pic takes another gander at the unnamed but unnerving back-alley abortionist of the low-budget cautionary melodrama Unwed Mother (1958), directed by Walter Doniger. The unfortunate title character (Norma Moore) is definitely wondering what she’s gotten herself into at this point.
This was Timothy’s first film after Paths of Glory (1957), which, let’s face it, would give the average actor whiplash. But as we know, Tim was not the average actor, and he never walked through a role. No matter how big or how small the part, the budget, or the “prestige,” he gave his all in every performance.
Here’s another one from the archives (read: we’ve run out of new videos to post again!). It’s the trailer for Walter Doniger‘s Unwed Mother (1958), the cautionary drive-in tale of a naive gal (Norma Moore) done wrong. Timothy appears as the grouchy back-alley abortionist about halfway through.
Also appearing is Robert Vaughn as the impregnating cad. Girls, let this be a warning – to you.
Today’s pic is another from Unwed Mother (1958), directed by Walter Doniger. Timothy’s sweaty, disheveled abortionist looks here like he just wandered in from a German Expressionist film of the 1920’s.
Tim’s brief appearance is definitely the highlight of this moralistic melodrama. Check it out on DVD and also on Fandor.
Today’s pic takes another look at Unwed Mother (1958), Walter Doniger‘s cautionary tale of what can happen when you do the hanky-panky without benefit of marriage. As the beleaguered title character, Norma Moore pays a visit to Timothy’s unnamed back-alley abortionist. The expression on his face tells us all we need to know of his opinion of this little trollop – er, unfortunate woman.
Doniger began his Hollywood career as a scriptwriter in the 1940s. He directed his first film, Duffy of San Quentin (featuring two of Tim’s future Paths of Glory co-stars, George Macready and Joe Turkel), in 1954. He really made his mark in television, directing scores of episodes from the 1950s through the 70’s. His directing style was apparently a bit brusque. According to Robert Vaughn’s autobiography, while shooting this film Doniger clashed with Tim over certain characterizations Tim wished to bring to his character. Tim was forced to back down after Doniger threatened to have him kicked out of the Screen Actors Guild.
Our pic today takes another look at Timothy’s grumpy back-alley abortionist from Unwed Mother (1958), directed by Walter Doniger. He seems to resent the intrusion of the title character, Betty Miller (Norma Moore), into what is apparently his drinking time. Betty seems to be reconsidering her plan.
Moore was a busy actress in the 1950s, mostly on television. She took some time off in the 60s and 70s and made a comeback in the 80s, again mostly on the small screen. Her most recent appearance was three years ago in the Christian-themed short Careful What You Wish For.
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.