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

They Were Collaborators #186

Alan Reed, Jean Vanderpyl, Bea Benadaret and Mel Blanc

(immense thanks to Filmscreed's Jeff Duncanson for this vociferous image)


swac said...

I always wondered what Fred Flintstone really looked like.

Reminds me of the first time I saw a Joe McDoakes short...

Brent McKee said...

I've actually seen every one of them except Mel Blanc on Petticoat Junction. Jean Vanderpyl appeared in several episodes of Petticoat Junction but they all aired around the time of Bea's death, as did Alan Reed's. Neither of them worked with her on the show. As I recall (probably badly) Jean's hair was as red as Wilma's.

Both women died of lung cancer. Both men died of heart disease.

Ivan G. said...

Thanks for the picture, guys...I really enjoyed this one.

Tom Sutpen said...

You are welcome, Ivan!

Mike Mercury said...

I met Jean Vanderpyl at the time of the release of the live-action FLINTSTONES movie - amazing lady, with a fantastic grin!