Pic of the Day: “Head” revisited

On this date in 1942, Peter Halsten Thorkelson was born in Washington, D.C. Twenty-six years later he was in a pop group known as The Monkees, had changed his name to Peter Tork, and was appearing with Timothy in a film called Head (1968). Today’s pic is from that very film. It’s a noteworthy one, showing Tim, as the mysterious Lord High ‘n’ Low, wearing a Pilgrim-style hat that ultimately did not appear in the finished film.

Head

Tork is thankfully still with us, making music, touring, and sharing his memories of being a part of the “Pre-Fab Four.” I highly recommend Eric Lefcowitz‘s eye-opening book Monkee Business: The Revolutionary Made-For-TV Band for an unprecedented look at the group’s adventures. Happy birthday, Peter! And “Atta boy, Mike!”

Pic of the Day: “Finger Man” revisited

Today we take another look at Finger Man (1955), the nifty noir-esque crime drama directed by Harold D. Schuster. Timothy is sullen torpedo Lou Terpe, who “don’t like nobody” except his boss, Dutch Becker (Forrest Tucker).

Tucker, who early in his show-biz career acted as master of ceremonies for the Old Gayety Burlesque in Washington, D.C.,  used to date burlesque queen Betty Rowland. However, this is not the same Betty Rowland who portrayed long-suffering Edna Hilliard in The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962), as has been widely reported.