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 #344

John Ford and George O'Brien

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clint said...

Long before Il Duko, George O'Brien was THE star synonymous with John Ford westerns. In him Pappy saw the ideal man, in a way he never saw Duke.

Brent McKee said...

They were exceptionally close friends for years until a Ford bender ended the relationship. Years later, after World War II, where Ford rose to the rank of Rear Admiral and O'Brien served in combat roles (and eventually rose to the rank of Captain in the Navy with for recommendations for promotion to Rear Admiral), they reconciled and Ford put him into "Fort Apache" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and "Cheyenne Autumn." In his last years O'Brien seemed to remember the good times with Ford far more than the bad times.

Unlike Wayne, O'Brien really was a hero - service as an enlisted man in the Marines in World War I, was a recruit training officer before participating in several landings n the Pacific in World War II, and service in motion picture units in Korea and Vietnam.