Sunday, September 11, 2011


...but I'd give the world to be where I used to be

The above image, which brought me a great chill recently, is from Raoul Walsh's The Roaring Twenties (1939). Ten minutes later in the same film, in some anonymous dive, Gladys George's character gives a quiet, touching performance of In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town. Slowly circling the place, she momentarily pauses by the weary, ragged, fallen shell of James Cagney, gently taking his hand into hers and giving it a hopeful squeeze, as if to say hang in there, keep your head up, things will get better.

1 comment:

Sam Juliano said...

I do remember this one Drew, and much appreciate the idea and teh still. I can well see why this would give you a chill and a moment for pause.