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

They Were Collaborators #564


Lloyd Nolan, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power, Raymond Massey, Anne Baxter, John Hodiak, Dick Powell and Henry Fonda

13 comments :

Vanwall said...

Wow! A collection of Masters of the Craft.

Christopher said...

cool photo..Laughton,like his Night of the Hunter,looks like something from another time and place compared to the others gathered 'round

MichaelRyerson said...

What a cool group. I wonder what the occasion happened to be.

James said...

I'd love to post this on my flickr photo stream. I would like to give you credit. Please let me know if it is okay

Tom Sutpen said...

James:

Go right ahead. In fact, you can grab any image you think you have a use for. That's a general policy here (we don't even ask to be credited); and I'm glad to do it.

Tom Sutpen said...

Michael:

I wish I knew what this was from but, alas, I don't. I am reasonably sure it was something in which they all participated (which is why it's a 'Collaborators' entry), but even that's a guess on my part.

MichaelRyerson said...

Thanks Tom. It is such a nice group, bigger and more consistently accomplished than is usually seen and I love it for the obvious good health they all exude. Even Ty Power and Hodiak, who didn't have too terribly far to go, look great. And I count three cigarettes going. Ugh.

Gloria said...

The group are cast members of Laughton's stage adaptation of Stephen Vincent benét's "John Brown's Body": Power, Baxter Massey (Charles Laughton directed) along with cast members of "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial": Nola, Hodiak, Fonda... Dick Powell was the director.


Both Shows were produced by Paul Gregory: when rehearsals of "Caine Mutiny" didn't go well, Gregory asked Laughton to direct it.

Richard Gibson said...

Agreed, quite a collection, they all look so relaxed, particularly Laughton.

squajo said...

Ahh, Laughton was probably the greatest natural actor of the 20th Century.

Robert said...

It was 1953 and Charles Laughton was directing JOHN BROWN'S BODY on Broadway with Tyrone Power, Raymond Massey and Anne Baxter (though she was replaced by Judith Anderson by the time the play opened). John Hodiak tagged along here because he was married to Baxter at the time. The other two--Lloyd Nolan and Henry Fonda--were having a big success on Broadway in THE CAINE MUTINY COURT MARTIAL, so they apparently dropped by to visit (maybe they were in adjoining theaters).

--Bob Keser

Marshall P. Smith said...

Great info Gloria. I was going to suggest something to do with the stage. Intersting group.

This pic is a good example why I love this site!

Michael said...

"So I says to Mabel, I says..."