The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Selling the Silents #14


From the 1927 Paramount release book
"Never has a star leaped into instant popularity as has Eddie Cantor with his marvelous comedy performance in 'Kid Boots.'
The masses of movie fans have taken him to their hearts. In answer to unanimous demand from exhibitors and the public, Paramount now presents eddie Cantor in his second elaborate comedy production -- 'Love Letters.'
The hilarious adventures of a letter carrier who gets love letters mixed up with surprising results, packed with the inimitable Cantor gags."
Love Letters would eventually surface as Special Delivery, directed by none other than Roscoe Arbuckle under his pseudonym "William Goodrich" with a cast that included William Powell and Harold Lloyd's frequent costar Jobyna Ralston (also soon to be Mrs. Richard Arlen). Sadly, I haven't seen Special Delivery, but I have seen Kid Boots, which is surprisingly funny, considering how important Cantor's vocal personality was to his act; on stage, radio and in his later sound films for Goldwyn. His silents are a promising start, to be sure.

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