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

When Legends Gather #23

Jerry Lewis and Alfred Hitchcock


swac said...

Now this made my day. I've never seen this photo before.

I need this on a t-shirt...

Ivan G. said...

"Laaaadeee...vanishing laaadeeee..."

(get a T-shirt for me, too!)

Rob said...

From the sublime to the ridiculous.

Actually, that was on the "North by Northwest" set, and they're looking up Eva's dress.


swac said...

The photo was actually taken on the set of The Nutty Professor, Hitchcock dropped by while taking care of some business at Paramount, and suggested that Lewis have Buddy Love kill off Stella Stevens partway through the picture.

Tom Sutpen said...

In the interest of all accuracy (though somehow Stephen's account sounds just plausible enough), it is my understanding that this photo was taken during the production of "To Catch a Thief". The fact that Hitchcock had gone on a bit of a diet before that shoot and is looking somewhat more svelte here tends to support this conclusion.