Pic of the Day: “White Witch Doctor” revisited

Today being the birthday anniversary of the legendary Robert Mitchum, I thought it apropos that we revisit Timothy’s barely-there appearance in Henry Hathaway‘s White Witch Doctor (1953). He’s the henchman of bad guy Walter Slezak, here conferring with Mitchum in the jungles of deepest darkest Africa.

White Witch Doctor

Tim was reportedly fired from this film, with the notoriously irascible Hathaway seething, “He can keep his wardrobe, I don’t care – just get him the hell off my set!” This didn’t stop Tim from pestering Hathaway a year later for a part he didn’t get in Prince Valiant (1954).

Pic of the Day: “White Witch Doctor” revisited

Today we take another look at Timothy’s fleeting appearance in Henry Hathaway‘s White Witch Doctor (1953). He portrays – big surprise here – one of bad guy Walter Slezak‘s henchmen, tracking down Robert Mitchum deep in the jungles of Africa.

This was another film that Tim was fired from, even though it’s the first feature film in which he received screen credit. According to Mitchum, the notoriously irascible Hathaway was heard to bellow, “Get that Carey guy off my set! He can keep his wardrobe, I don’t care! Just get him out of here!” Oh, dear.

 

Pic of the Day: “White Witch Doctor”

Today’s pic (click to embiggen, blah blah, you know this) features Tim in one of his very early film appearances. It’s yet another don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-him part. The film is White Witch Doctor (1953), directed by the notorious Henry Hathaway and starring Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward. Tim is the henchman of bad guy Walter Slezak.

White Witch Doctor

He doesn’t last too long, but true to form, he makes sure he strategically positions himself for some good shots like this one. Hathaway encountered Tim again a year later, I’ve no doubt much to his chagrin, when Tim costumed himself in medieval garb, climbed over a wall at the Fox studios, and accosted Hathaway in the commissary, angling for a part in Prince Valiant (1954). He didn’t get it.