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

Artists in Action #189


Andre de Toth gestures.

Collect 'Em All #30


Dolores Del Rio
No. 15 in a series of 50 from Players Navy Cut cigarettes.
A second cousin to Ramon Navarro, Dolores Del Rio was born on August 3rd, 1905 in Durango, Mexico, and christened Lolita Dolores Asunsolo de Martinez. She was sent to a convent when she was seven, and after her education there, left when she was fifteen. A year later she was married to Jaime Del Rio. Edwin Carewe, the director, noticed her, and persuaded her to leave her life in society for the screen. In 1925 she made her first film appearance in Joanna, but What Price Glory brought her fame. Among her latest talkie successes are Flying Down to Rio, Wonder Bar and Madame Du Barry.

Art of Cinema #221


The Phenix City Story
(Phil Karlson; 1955)

seminal image #659

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Western Approaches
(Pat Jackson; 1944)
Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.

Artists in Action #188


Miles Davis listens

The Art of the Gig #4

Seminal Image #658


River's Edge
(Tim Hunter; 1986)

(vast thanks to Hannah for this image!)

The Cool Hall of Fame #77


Rudy Ray Moore

Charles Nelson Reilly dies at 76


Little known fact: he took acting classes with Steve McQueen.

They Were Collaborators #310


Stan Freberg and Daws Butler

The Golden Age of Prurience #39


Jailbait Street
(by Hal Ellson)
(Monarch Books; 1963)

Ziegfeld Girls #4


Myrna Darby

The Art of Communism #15

When Legends Gather #250


Terry Southern and William S. Burroughs

Adventures in the Fight Racket #6


Today's Adventure: Ingemar Johansson holds up his gloves (1959)

Woodcut Confidential! #6


Kada hone o kezurite kan'u yakizu o ryōji suru zu
(Doctor Huatuo attends to the warrior Guanyu's arm wound)
(Kuniyoshi Utagawa; 1853)

Seminal Image #657


La Ragazza che sapeva troppo
(The Girl Who Knew Too Much)
(Mario Bava; 1963)

The Art of Pop #9


Music to Remember Her
(The Jackie Gleason Orchestra)
(Capitol Records; 1955)

The Best of Edward Penfield #3

The Art of Cinema #220


Before I Hang
(Nick Grinde; 1940)

G is for Gedney #8


Woman looking in car window (1964)

The Art of Travel #6

Adventures in American Filmmaking #75:
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition


Today's Adventure: John Wayne (aka Singin' Sandy) rides a crane while
directing The Alamo (1960)

Seminal Image #656:
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition


Randy Rides Alone
(Harry L. Fraser; 1934)

Artists in Action #187:
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition


John Wayne rides a motorcycle

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

Before (Marion Robert Morrison)


After (John Wayne)

They Were Collaborators #309
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition


John Ford calls the shots on How the West Was Won.

When Legends Gather #249
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition


John Wayne and Lucille Ball

Artists in Action #186:
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition


Bruce Cabot holds a cigar between his teeth in the presence of John Wayne

Tricky: Scenes From a Life #38
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition


Tricky and the Duke share a laugh.

Seminal Image #655:
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition


The Long Voyage Home
(John Ford; 1940)

Art of Cinema #219
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition


Overland Stage Raiders
(George Sherman; 1938)

When Legends Gather #248:
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition


Dean Martin, Marlo Thomas and John Wayne

Collect 'Em All #29


Marion Davies
No. 14 in a set of 50 from Players Navy Cut Cigarettes.
Marion Davies was born on January 3rd, 1900, in Brooklyn, New York, and was christened Marion Douras. Her father was a judge, and she was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart. On leaving the convent, she went on the stage, making her debut at an early age in Chu Chin Chow. Later she appeared in the famous Ziegfeld Follies, then turned to the screen. Among her latest films are Going Hollywood and Spy 13 in which she co-starred with Gary Cooper.

Seminal Image #654


In a Lonely Place
(Nicholas Ray; 1950)

Great Madmen of the 20th Century #25


Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Art of Cinema # 218

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Citizen Kane
(Orson Welles; 1941)

My thanks to Glyphjockey for uncovering a treasure trove.

Through the Lens of Cyril Arapoff # 7

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The River near Kew Bridge

From the Sketch Book of Lawson Wood # 14

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Design for poster to advertise segment motor rims.

Art of the London Underground # 19

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By Sir Frank Brangwyn, RA; 1913

The New Yorkers #2


Mayor Jimmy Walker

Broadcasters #19


Henry Morgan ("Radio's bad boy")

Ziegfeld Girls #3


Fanny Brice

Politicians in Action #13


Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (D-NY) revs himself up

The Art of Cinema #217


The Black Bird
(Tod Browning; 1926)

C is for Cunningham #4


Wall Street (1956)

The Art of the Gig #3

Men of the West #9


Audie Murphy

The Art of American Fantasy #11