Coburn, with whom I share a birthday, seemed to specialize in rascals and ne’er-do-wells that you nevertheless couldn’t help liking in spite of it all. He always managed to light up the screen, even when he was only voicing a character, as he did in one of his final films, Monsters Inc. (2001).
Today we revisit Waterhole #3 (1967), the amiable Western comedy directed by William A. Graham. Part-goat Hilb and Sgt. Henry Foggers (Claude Akins) are on the trail of some stolen gold – and they’re the ones who stole it. Long story.
Akins began his legendary career in an uncredited bit part in From Here to Eternity (1953), and he never looked back. He became a dependable mainstay in movies and on television right up until his death in 1994. It seems fitting that he became the epitome of the small-town sheriff, especially on B.J. and the Bear (1978-79) and its spin-off, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979-1981), being that his father was a police officer.
Our pic for today revisits “The Town Budget,” the episode of the Alcoa Theatre anthology series that first aired on December 15, 1958. Timothy is cop-hating thief Jonas, who gets several nice close-ups demonstrating his psychosis.
The star of this episode is James Whitmore, who later appeared with Tim in Waterhole #3 (1967). An official commercial DVD release of this series would be most welcome.
Ending the work week is another look at “Fear of High Places,” the kickoff episode of The Name of the Game which premiered on September 20, 1968. Timothy skulks around looking mysterious and saying nothing as hitman Jules Forel.
The episode was directed by William A. Graham, who also directed Tim in Waterhole #3 (1967) and Change of Habit (1969). This unusual and ground-breaking series is long overdue for an official commercial release. Let’s get with it, NBC Universal!
Kicking off the week is another look at Hilb, the seemingly part-man part-goat character portrayed by Timothy in Waterhole #3 (1967). Here we see him making a grab for Claude Akins‘ share of the much-sought-after stash of gold, as trussed-up James Coburn and Carroll O’Connor look on.
William A. Graham was at the helm; he also directed Tim in The Name of the Game episode “Fear of High Places” (1968) and Change of Habit (1969). He’s been a hard-working film and television director since the late 1950s. Recently he has been sidelined since a serious motorcycle accident. We here at The Timothy Carey Experience wish him all the best.
Today’s pic is something a bit different. While floating around the web I ran across this clipping from the Ann Arbor [Michigan] News, dated April 14, 1979. The Ann Arbor Film Cooperative was sponsoring what I believe to be the first retrospective of Timothy’s work. Tim was in attendance, and introduced showings of The World’s Greatest Sinner, Tweet’s Ladies of Pasadena, Tarzana, Waterhole #3, One-Eyed Jacks, Paths of Glory and The Killing.
The mere thought of such an event, especially as early as 1979 and with Tim actually there, makes my heart happy. How I wish I could have been there. As I find out more about this happening, I will definitely pass it along to you.
Our pic for this Friday revisits Waterhole #3 (1967), the irreverent Western comedy starring James Coburn. Claude Akins is doing his best to avoid an altercation between Timothy and Roy Jenson.
“This was really demanding as I had to play a part-goat, part-human type,” Tim once said of his role as Hilb. “I would react by making the sound of a goat to reflect different moods. There was a simplicity about that role that I liked.” He and Jenson would later both appear in The Outfit (1973) and Nightside (1980).
Our pic for today (click for the embiggening) is from one of two of Tim’s appearances on the unusual television series The Name of the Game. This one is from the premiere episode, “Fear of High Places.” It was first broadcast on September 20, 1968, and was directed by William A. Graham, who also directed Tim in Waterhole #3 (1967) and Change of Habit (1969). Tim has no dialogue as mysterious bad guy Jules Forel, who sports an empty cigarette holder, an overly hip pair of shades, and an unusual facial hair configuration.
The other episode of this series that he appeared in, “Aquarius Descending,” has been utterly impossible for me to dig up. If and when it ever turns up, you’ll be the first to know!
Our pic for today comes from the raucous Western comedy Waterhole #3 (1967), directed by William A. Graham, who also directed Tim in Change of Habit and an episode of The Name of the Game. Tim turns in another great comedic performance as an outlaw named Hilb. Hilb is apparently part goat, with his little tuft of a beard and his inclination to gnaw on carrots and bleat.
It’s an amusing film in the Cat Ballou vein, in spite of the screenwriters’ light-hearted attitude toward rape (“Assault with a friendly weapon?” queries the guilty party, James Coburn). I know, I know, it was the Sixties. Anyway, see it for Tim if nothing else.