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

Before and After (redux) #63:
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition

Before (Marion Robert Morrison)

After (John Wayne)


Vanwall said...

Yup, a box-office money machine. "The Searchers", "Stagecoach", "Red River" maybe even "Trouble Along the Way", and that's about it for me for JW movies, tho. I'll watch some other films with him in them, but for other actor's performances.

swac said...

You should try A Lady Takes a Chance with Jean Arthur!

Vanwall said...

I've seen that one, and I can only suspend my disbelief so far with Duke. It's somewhat against type for Wayne - he's actually pretty funny in parts, and if left alone he might've had some range in that discipline. He wasn't too bad, or too good, but it must've seemed like sleepwalking for the actors and the viewers back then - hadn't they seen it before?

Brent McKee said...

The many names of John Wayne:
- Born Marion Robert Morrison (named after his paternal and maternal grandfathers.
- Renamed - at age 6 - Marion Mitchell Morrison by his mother (who hated his very existence, something he would desperately try to overcome over the years to no effect) on the birth of his younger brother Robert Morrison.
- Renamed Marion Michael Morrison by his first studio contract; the secretary typing it thought "Mitchell" was a misspselling of Michael. The future John Wayne thought that Michael was as good a name as any.
- Renamed John Wayne by Raoul Walsh and the executives at Fox Studios - Walsh had been reading the biography of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne and while the studio liked Wayne they weren't crazy about Anthony and made the first name John. That one took.