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

The Heretofore Unmentioned #101


Edward Andrews

8 comments :

estiv said...

Yes yes. There was a Billy Wilder series here recently, and he was in Avanti! He played, like most character actors, basically the same part as always. And as usual, he did the job perfectly.

jim smith said...

He was the self-important bank president, Senator, stuffed-shirt father of the gal who's trying to break loose and marry the guy with the motorcycle. There were a legion of guys and women like him who added spice to a movie. Made a flick that might have just laid there fun.

Loye said...

I always wondered if he was as much fun off-screen as he was on.

i'm awake said...

I adore Edward Andrews! He was one of the greatest!

Flynn D said...

Who else but...

Louis Calhern as Buffalo Bill Cody?
Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker?
Edward Andrews as George Babbitt?

Christopher said...

could Don Knotts be far behind?..cue up the Vic Mizzy music..

STARTOONZ said...

That Trident gum commercial he did from back in the 60's; "Sugar! I Don't Have Time To Watch Sugar!!!"

Classic!

SUZANNEGOSS said...

I saw him iceskating at Rockefeller Center. I will never forget how excited I was. He was born to be Babbitt, that scene in Elmer Gantry thrilled me so much because he brought him to life for me.