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

Welcome to Show Business! #25


Original Caption:

New York -- If Hollywood wants Ginger Rogers to make a comeback, it will have to clean up its act. Ginger says she'd love to do a movie again, but the only film roles she's offered are "far too risque." (1978)

8 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

I think Mae West was getting those parts anyway.

Campaspe said...

Somewhere after "Monkey Business" Ginger stopped being any fun, but up until then, oh how I loved that crazy broad.

Maureen said...

I waited on her in Bergdorf's in 1978, she had what now is called a posse of very campy boys escorting her around and her star voltage was so high she was almost on fire.

Max Allan Collins said...

It's easy to forget how beautiful she was in the 1930s and forties. In her early '30s pictures, she's a doll...and of course the Astaire films, where (as she famously said) she did everything he did but backwards and in heels."

Campaspe said...

Maureen, what a fabulous picture you've given me. And Max, I did a whole post dissecting that quote (it was from a Frank and Ernest cartoon, near as I can track it back) but I agree, in the 1930s she was a vision and she had the best figure in Hollywood.

Kreisler said...

Not just a dancer either; check out 'Roxie Hart' where she's that good she puts the mockers on any subsequent attempt at Chicago and the like.

Christopher said...

shes earned her right to snootiness as far as I'm concearned!..I always thought there could be great Roles for old broads like Rogers and Gloria Swanson..

Brent McKee said...

Of course she thought "Tender Comrade" was Communist propaganda that she was "duped" into making, so I don't particularly trust her judgment about roles.