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

Broadcasters #27

William Conrad


Brent McKee said...

One of the truly magnificent voices whether it was on radio as Marshal Matt Dillon, as the narrator of "Rocky and Bullwinkle" or the man who had the last words in the last episode of "The Fugitive" - "...the day the running stopped." They don't make voices like that anymore - or maybe they just don't get heard because they belong to people who look like him and not people who look like James Arness in his heyday.

shahn said...

i really don't like westerns BUT i can't miss a gunsmoke radio show. its nice to see an early photo of william conrad, usually its just still from "cannon."

Mr DeBakey said...

Gunsmoke is the BEST of the old radio shows.

Atmosphere, great characters & plots
and very good production.

Ivan G said...

This is one of my favorite photos of Conrad, taken I believe about the time he was doing a radio version (alongside Dick Powell) of The Front Page on ABC. The fact that they refused to cast him as the man he made famous (Matt Dillon) is a complete farce--even though most of the marshalls back then looked like Conrad.

swac said...

"Our story opens in the tiny town of Frostbite Falls..."

Love the sound of Conrad's voice. I've got a "blue" rehearsal version of Gunsmoke that is to die for.

Ivan G said...

"That goddam shrimp curry'll do it every time..."

Rehearsal for the episode "The New Hotel." It is falling-down hysterical, particularly Conrad's attempts at the end to do the promo at the end about "the man who was hung..."

shahn said...

swac - any chance you could include the "alternate" rehearsal in a posting?

VP81955 said...

"...the first man they talk to and the last they wanna meet."

Tommy O'C said...

Didn't he also do the voice of "The Shadow" for a time?

Damn, there was actually a time when he downright skinny.