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

The Ink & Paint Set #23


Charles Laughton
in Have You Got Any Castles?
(Frank Tashlin; Warner Bros.; 1938)

7 comments :

shahn said...

i've always loved these hollywood caricatures more than bugs bunny and the like. the cocoanut grove parody is especially good.

swac said...

Ah yes, the Coocoo Nut Grove! Must find my copy of that...

Brent McKee said...

There are a couple of them on the new "Woody Woodpecker" DVD set. The first, "Toyland Premiere" (1934) is adequate but not great - it features Laurel & Hardy dressing up as a dragon to grab a cake and includes a fairly young Bing Crosby. The 1938 "Hollywood Bowl" is much better, including an appearance by Stokowski, Garbo, Cab Calloway and der Bingle.

swac said...

I'm half tempted to get that Woody Woodpecker set...some of the early Lantz stuff is quite appealing (or quite appalling...Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat, anyone?).

But the sour taste of those later, hateful Woody cartoons I grew up on is still a little too strong in my mouth. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to find a rental copy...

rfkeser said...

One of the books stacked on the right of the frame is "Pirates of the Caribbean Sea". Tashlin always WAS ahead of his time!

swac said...

Just ordered the new Looney Tunes set...according to Jerry Beck over at Cartoon Brew, Porky does a mean Cab Calloway impersonation.

shahn said...

please post any "jack bunny"!!