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

Collect 'Em All #7

Wallace Beery
No. 43 out of a series of 48 from Gallaher Tobacco, Virginia House, London & Belfast
"I guess I was never cut out to be a stool-pigeon. A guy like me needs real he-man, out-door stuff--and if I couldn't get a kick out of playing in the Technicolor production 'Northwest Passage,' my name wouldn't be Beery. The book's a best-seller, and believe me, it's a rare treat to land the opportunity of playing in such a great yarn. My favourite part? You bet!"


Vanwall said...

What a curiously interesting entry - actually closer to the player than the usual offerings in this set - even a bit of Sweedie there. ;-) One of the greatest individual Studio products, the perfect big palooka. Wally the best of the plug-uglies, IMHO, and was a force majeur on every picture he did, - a good example was in Wellman's "Beggars of Life" - his outsize persona competed successfully, or at least on even terms, with the incandescent Louise Brooks when they were onscreen,(and that ain't easy!!), to say nothing of burying poor Dick Arlen in the potter's field of scenes-stolen-losers. Even his most threatening roles had a bit of a wink about 'em, the old ham. Great selection!

swac said...

Thanks! It's certainly not the most flattering image of Beery they could have chosen, although maybe there aren't many of those to begin with.

I'd still love to see him in The Bowery one of these days...