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Remembering the doomed bard of Tannworth-in-Arden, Nick Drake, who died on this day in 1974.
I was 3 in 1963. I have no memory of hearing of Kennedy’s assassination. I do remember seeing the funeral procession on TV at my grandparents’. John F. seemed like a hell of a president, and it’s such a cosmic tragedy that he met the fate he met. May he and his brother rest in peace.
We will never know why JFK was killed. Too much time has gone by, and those whose best interests are served by covering everything up have had all the time in the world to do so.
I’m a big fan of the 1972 Paul Newman starring vehicle The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, an enjoyable smorgasbord of wry humor, revisionist Western, and opportunity to party in the desert with the Hollywood crowd for many actors, who took advantage of a film stuffed with colorful characters and scenery-chewing opportunities.
Ironically enough, however, one of the most fascinating characters to me was also one of the least colorful, Anthony Perkins’ dour dressed-in-black (the pic is a bit faded here- there is not a lot to choose from) Reverend LaSalle. LaSalle first encounters Bean just before he appointed himself “The Law West of the Pecos”, in the wake of Bean’s retaliatory attack on the cantina full of bandidos who had just victimized him. Someone had to bury the outlaws, and LaSalle did the task, casually walking among the graves and tossing earth on them as he reads last rites.
As he rides away, LaSalle dolefully intones via voiceover: That was the first and last time I saw Judge Roy Bean. I never got back to that country and died of dysentery in old Mexico. I haven’t seen him since, so he probably went to Hell.
I was utterly blown away by this character, this gaunt, traveling preacher, and Perkins’ portrayal of him. He remains a favorite part of a favorite movie of mine.
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I love the way Moranis recites this line in that movie.