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

When Legends Gather #379


Arnold Stang, Fess Parker and Peter Lorre measure up.

6 comments :

Vanwall said...

I would've loved to hear the conversation that day - a cacophony of mutations of the human voice that would've matched or possibly dwarfed the photo, which by itself is one of the damnedest juxtapositions I've ever seen.

Robert Fiore said...

This would have to be from some sort of Disney-oriented event, wouldn't it? Fess Parker is obvious, Lorre was in 20,000 Leagues, and Stang did voices for Disney animated pictures.

swac said...

That would be the likeliest explanation. I have no background on the photo itself (maybe it's better that way).

Cheryl said...

The photo is a publicity still taken for an episode of the TV series "Playhouse 90" titled "Turn Left at Mt. Everest" (Apr. 3, 1958). You can find more information here at the official website for the Peter Lorre biography "The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre" -- http://peterlorrebook.com/plphotos9.html

swac said...

Thanks Cheryl!

swac said...

From the website:
"Lorre was co-starring with Parker in “Turn Left at Mt. Everest” (Playhouse 90, April 3, 1958) as a Nepalese camp aide who helps reunite a soldier and his girlfriend during the Burma-India theater of World War II. "