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 #33

Ann Dvorak
(No. 18 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes)
Of Irish-Austrian descent, Ann Dvorak was born on August 2nd, 1912 in New York. Her real name is McKim, and she is the daughter of Anna Lehr, a famous American stage and silent screen actress. Ann began her career as a dancer and dance teacher with M.G.M. in whose films she first appeared as a dancer. For some time afterwards she did crowd work, a few larger roles, and then gained her great opportunity in Scarface, as the ill-fated sister. Her latest roles are in Massacre, with Richard Barthelmess, Heat Lightning, A Woman in Her Thirties and Midnight Alibi.

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