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 #43

Pert Kelton
No. 28 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Pert Kelton was born in Great Falls, Montana, the daughter of vaudeville players, and began to appear with her parents when quite a child, travelling with them all over the world. When they retired, Pert made her way to the Broadway stage, and commencing as a singer and dancer, developed into a most popular comedienne. Her screen debut was made in a small part in the talkie version of Sally. Later pictures include The Bowery, Bed of Roses, The Meanest Gal in Town, Sing and Like It and Bachelor Bait.


blankemon said...

The original Alice Kramden!

Vanwall said...

And what a tough nut she was - she gave every impression of being able to chew up Gleason and spit 'im out. Like many people, I remembered her first from the semi-subversive "The Music Man", then saw her in her 30's roles - what a great gal! She oughta get more recognition, that's for sure.

swac said...

What's weird is, I have a friend who closely resembles this pic of Pert, right down to the red hair and green eyes.