Tim Holt


Born Charles John Holt III (1919 – 1973). Tim Holt was the son of actor Jack Holt. After five minor roles, in 1938, at the age of nineteen, Holt had a major role under star Harry Carey in The Law West of Tombstone. It was the first of the many Western films he made during the 1940s. At the same time, his sister, Jennifer Holt, also became a leading star in the Western film genre.

After playing young Lieutenant Blanchard in the 1939 classic Stagecoach, Tim Holt had one of the leading roles in Orson Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). He also starred as a Nazi in Hitler's Children (1943).

By the early 1940s, Tim Holt had his own cowboy series at RKO, replacing the muscular George O'Brien who had retired from films. In the Holt westerns, there were several sidekick groupings --- singer Ray Whitley, Lee 'Lasses' White, whiskered codger Emmett Lynn, and Cliff 'Ukelele Ike' Edwards . Holt did eighteen RKO westerns which were released from 1940-1943, and his first starring role was WAGON TRAIN (RKO, 1940). One of his better films from this period is THE BANDIT TRAIL (RKO, 1941) which features Whitley and 'Lasses' White.

During WWII, Tim became a decorated combat veteran of World War II, flying in the Pacific Theatre with the United States Army Air Forces as a B-29 bombardier. Holt was wounded over Tokyo on the last day of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He returned to films after the war, appearing as Virgil Earp to Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp in John Ford's Western My Darling Clementine. Holt was next cast in the role that he is probably most remembered for, in a film in which his father also appeared in a small part, portraying Bob Curtin to Humphrey Bogart's Fred C. Dobbs in John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, made in 1946 and released in 1948.

After the war, Holt continued his western career at RKO, and his films from this period rank at the top of the B western genre. Richard "Chito" Martin was Holt's saddle pal during the entire group.

He made two dozen more Western films until 1952, when the genre's popularity waned. He was then absent from the screen for five years until he starred in a less-than-successful horror film, The Monster That Challenged the World, in 1957. He then appeared in only two more motion pictures over the next fourteen years.


=============Tim Holt Non-Westerns==========================

1.  Laddie (1940) - Tim Holt

This is the third screen adaptation of Gene Stratton-Porter's sentimental novel of postcolonial farm life.  Laddie Stanton (Tim Holt), the proud son of an honest farmer, falls in love with Pamela Pryor, the daughter of the Englishman who has purchased the adjoining estate. Pamela's father, a haughty and morose man who is obsessed by the dishonorable discharge his son Robert received from the British army, disapproves of the match, forbidding any marriage between his daughter and a "field hand." To placate her father, Pamela begs Laddie to consider practicing a profession other than farming, thus insulting both Laddie and his family. 

2.  The Yesterday Machine (1963) – Tim Holt - A Nazi scientist invents a time machine enabling him to go back to alter the events of WWII.  In this movie, Tim Holt plays Police Lieutenant Partane.  [Added]

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=================Tim Holt Westerns ==============================

1.  Riders of the Range (1950) - Tim Holt - Out-of-work cowboys Kansas Jones (Tim Holt) and Chito Rafferty are offered jobs at pretty Dusty Willis' ranch after saving her from a beating by saloon owner Clint Burrows. Dusty's good-hearted but weak-willed brother Harry, adding to his $3000 gambling debt to Willis, reluctantly agrees to pay it off by allowing the Ringo Kid, Burrows' vicious hired gun, to rustle cattle from his sister's ranch. Kansas intervenes, deters the rustlers and persuades Harry to confess his involvement to Dusty. Kansas, sent into town by Dusty to pay off Harry's debts, suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the law, wrongly accused of murder and must rely on Dusty's belief in his innocence for his salvation.

2.  Come On Danger (1942) - Tim Holt - When a woman turns outlaw is suspected of murder, three Texas Rangers (Tim Holt, Ray Whitley, Lee "Lasses" White) are sent to investigate and sides with a female outlaw (Frances Neal) after he hears her tale of a corrupt tax collector's crimes.   [Added]

3. Desert Passage (1952) - Tim HoltRecent parolee John Carver returns to town to collect his hidden stolen money and hires stagecoach line owners Tim Holt and Chito Rafferty to take him to Mexico. The pair soon find they may have taken on more than they bargained for as it seems everyone Carver ever knew is out for the money and will stop at nothing to get it.  This was the last series western Tim Holt made for RKO.   [Added]   

4.  Masked Raiders (1949) - Tim Holt - - Texas Rangers Tim Holt (Tim Holt) and Chito Rafferty (Richard Martin are sent to Wilcox, Texas to investigate the raids on Hoyt Corthell (Frank Wilcox) by a band of masked raiders led by the Diablo Kid. Posing as cowhands, they are stopped and taken to the Trevitt Ranch where they meet Gale Trevitt (Marjorie Lord), her younger brother Artie (Gary Gray) and her Uncle Henry (Houseley Stevenson), father of Trig (Tom Tyler, Matt (Clayton Moore) and Luke (Jay Kirby), who have taken Tim and Chito captive. Tim is wounded, during a holdup, by Doc Nichols (Charles Arnt) as he is about to capture one of the raiders, actually the Trevitt family led by Gale posing as the Diablo Kid. Tim and Chito eventually learn that all of the local ranchers are being victimized by Corthell, and that Gale and her family are just taking back and returning what has been stolen by the Corthell gang, working with the crooked town Marshal, Barlow (Harry Woods).  [Added]  

5.  Red River Robin Hood (1942) - Arriving in Red River to join their friend Chet Andrews in the ownership of a cattle ranch, Jim Carey (Tim Holt) and his pal Ike discover that Chet has been jailed for resisting the efforts of a swindler, Scott Yager, to evict him from the ranch. Yager, through a Spanish land grant, and with the help of a crooked Judge, has proven ownership to all the land in the Red River territory. He and his henchmen have been evicting all of the ranchers who won't pay rent on their own ranches. Jim and Ike gain the confidence of a crusading newspaper editor, Sam Sterling and his daughter Carol. Jim and Ike, dressed in black robes and masks, attend a meeting of the ranchers and offer to help them. They join Yager's gang and, following orders, collect the rent money, but then don their robes as Mr. Justice, and hold up Yager's other collectors and return the money. Jim breaks into Yager's office and finds proof that the land grant is a fake, but Yager discovers the robes worn by Jim and Ike, both as Mr. Justice, and has two of his henchmen wear them and take money from the ranchers, thus breaking their confidence in "Mr. Justice." And then, Jim and Ike are captured by Yager.  [Added]

6.  Wagon Train (1940) - Pecos businessman Matt Gardner is buying up freighters, or wagon trains of food supplies, at cheap prices through intimidation, and charging high prices by deliberately causing phony food shortages at his trading posts. The only one refusing to sell his supplies is Zack Sibley (Tim Holt), who is dead set on maintaining his freighter business as well as tracking down his father's murderer, his ex-business partner. Gardner plans on eliminating any competition Sibley presents by sending his thugs to kill him and raid his wagon train.   [Added]



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