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 Art of Cinema #512

The Chapman Report
(George Cukor; 1962)


Sock MonKey 1 said...

Danton, Hardin, Duggan and Dehner: you could have worked up a pretty good "B" western with that line-up.

Brent McKee said...

That was very close to being the whole point. When the movie switched from 20th Century Fox to Warner Brothers, Jack Warner replaced the original male leads with Warner Brothers TV leads: Danton (The Alaskans), Duggan (Bourbon Street Beat), Hardin (Sugarfoot), Dehner (The Roaring 20s), and Zimbalist (77 Sunset Strip). They were all under contract at the studio for their TV work and so wouldn't be paid extra for the movie but who had been looking for material to stretch their acting. Jack Warner apparently thought too that they'd attact the fans of their TV shows to see them in the movie.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

Thanks for that background info, Brent.