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 #129

Marlene Dietrich, Bob Hope, Bette Davis and a bunch of veterans.

(tremendous thanks to Filmscreed author Jeff Duncanson for this here image)


Brent McKee said...

A distinguished group of veterans. I recognise Admiral John Ford, Captain Ronald Reagan and the man whose discharge papers he signed, Major Clark Gable, Commander Robert Montgomery, and Seaman Caesar Romero just at a glance. It's nearly impossible to believe that any of today's film stars would make the same sort of sacrifice of their careers, even more when you realise that Ford, Reagan, and I think Montgomery were all pre-war reservists.

phyrephox said...

Any chance you could date these photos if at all possible?

Jeff Duncanson said...

The best I can tell you is that it was taken in the Hollywood Canteen in 1943.