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

Treading the Boards #18


To the far right Henry Travers and Josephine Hull head up the original cast of You Can't Take It with You. Click here for the rest of the cast.

5 comments :

Christopher said...

watched the film version again a month or so ago..an utter delight!

mister muleboy said...

I like the young Sean Penn there [pictured second from the left]. . . .

jim smith said...

The guy who played "Grandpa", Henry Travers, was the same guy who plyed the angel trying to earn his wings by saving Jimmy Stewart in "It's a Wonderful Life."

JonCow said...

Also in the cast was George Tobias (as Boris Kolenkhov the Russian dancing teacher -- "Confidentiallly, she steenks!"), better known as Abner Kravitz on Bewitched!

Mickey Glitter said...

I just introduced my mum to this movie and she found it as wonderful as I do. Didn't know it'd been a stage play.