Art of Cinema #494

The Haunted Palace (Roger Corman, 1963)


Bart said...

"If Charlie Parker WERE a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats" is the title of Charles Mingus's song (aka "Gunslinging Bird", 1959).

swac said...

Believe me Bart, this comes up about once a year, and we're sticking with a direct quote from Mingus himself that says WAS and not WERE, as posted by, among other places.

I believe that there are some album covers (Mingus Dynasty, I think) that use WERE, but there is some suggestion that somebody at Columbia Records arbitrarily decided to correct Mingus's grammar.