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 #53

Ginger Rogers
No. 38 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Born in Independence, Missouri, on July 16th, 1911, Ginger Rogers (whose real Christian name is Virginia), began her stage career in local shows when only twelve years of age. She was a natural dancer, and two years later was winning cups and medals, one contest giving her the reward of a month's tour in vaudeville. She remained on the stage, and gained great popularity in musical comedy, eventually winning stardom. Young Man of Manhattan made in New York, was her first film; later came a Hollywood contract. Recent films are Flying Down to Rio, Change of Heart, Upperworld and The Gay Divorce (sic).


R.H. said...

Gay Divorce?

It's all about Gay Marriage here.

Fred said...

With Gay Marriage, you will get Gay Divorce. This is becoming an issue in New York because the courts don't know how to handle divorces of gay couples married in Massachusetts and California. One thing is for sure: the lawyers will make money. And you don't have to dance backwards in high heels to know that!

swac said...

The Gay Divorce was the original title of the film, and the release title in the UK, and that's how it appears on the back of this particular card (which is from England's Player's Tobacco).

SomeNYGuy said...

And "The Gay Divorce" was the original title of Cole Porter's Broadway musical upon which the film was based. Apparently the Hayes office felt it was beyond the pale to make light of the institution of divorce, but not so bad to make light of an individual divorcee.