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 #55


Randolph Scott
No. 40 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Randolph Scott was born on January 23rd, 1903, in Orange, Virginia, and comes of an old Virginian family. His father was an engineer and he was destined for the same career, but on leaving college, he served in the Great War, and on demobilization, did not feel inclined to settle down to steady work straight away. While on holiday in California, he was given a job as 'noises off' in a film, and decided up on acting as his future career. After eight months with the Pasadena Community Theatre, he was given a film contract, and made his debut in Sky Bride. His latest talkies are The Last Round-Up and Wagon Wheels.

3 comments :

R.H. said...

He served in the Great War?

He was only fifteen when it ended!

(Reckon I've got him here)

swac said...

I just write what's on the card...as we've seen before, they're not always truthful.

In this case though, it's the birthday that's been fudged, he was born in 1898.

According to Wikipedia: "In April 1917 the United States entered World War I. Shortly afterwards, Scott, then 19 years old, joined the Army and served in France as an artillery observer with the 2nd Trench Mortar Battalion, 19th Field Artillery.

Scott's wartime experience would give him training that would be put to use in his later film career, including the use of firearms and horsemanship."

R.H. said...

Not always truthful? Perish the thought!

Say: not always accurate.

After all, your heart is in the right place dear chap (between your lungs).