Harvey: I've just had my Laserdisc machine repaired, and thinking of your quest for Keenan Wynn in TOUCH OF EVIL, I played the film last night, paying attention to the peripheral characters. I think I've found Mr. Wynn, rather heavily made-up, as Welles is (unshaven, perspiring, etc.) in some of the picture.
Unless I'm mistaken, Keenan Wynn appears as a bartender in the scene, late in the film, where Sergeant Pete Menzies catches up with the bingeing Hank Quinlan in a saloon. Wynn appears in just two shots (not counting, maybe, his hand), when Menzies orders him to give Quinlan coffee. Wynn is dressed in a white shirt and apron. He wears a dark moustache, heavy eyebrows, and he says nothing. He scarcely registers in the noir darkness, unless one ignores the conversation, in which Quinlan describes the strangulation of his sweetheart. He is there as a screen and a visual contrast to the noir darkness.
It was interesting to me, on this viewing, purposely looking in the corners of the film, how much a catalogue and summing up of Welles' work TOUCH OF EVIL is. The film is a kind of double-down OTHELLO.
And for the first time, I noticed what others have, that the shadow of (apparently) Hank Quinlan is seen on a wall in the left of the frame, just as Vargas kisses his bride before the explosion.
[We are still playing Welles' game.]