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 #47


Douglass Montgomery
No. 32 in a series of 50 from Players Navy Cut cigarettes
Born in Los Angeles on October 29th, 1907, Robert Douglass Montgomery was a prominent member of the Pasadena Community Playhouse while still at a High School. Before he was seventeen, he had won his way to Broadway, subsequently becoming a member of the famous New York Theatre Guild. In 1930 he made his film debut in Waterloo Bridge, under the name of Kent Douglass. After four pictures, he returned to Broadway, but is now back at Hollywood again. Recent successes include Little Women, Eight Girls in a Boat, Little Man, What Now? and Music in the Air.

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