whistling & whispering : : jack smith(s) & the cobra woman
November 26, 2007 3:40 AM Subscribe
Whispering Jack Smith
posted by j.henry (16 comments total)
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, an early crooner
- From 1929.
/ / Whistling Jack Smith
, an imposter, lies - I Was
Kaiser Bill's Batman
[+da hool long
]. / / At the bottom of the pool
: : the perfect filmic appositeness
of Maria Montez
. / / Jack Smith
, Blastitudinal Love
.. . in their NEWEST
: : World War I veteran and gas attack survivor Whispering Jack Smith was among the first singers to take advantage of the newly invented microphone as an amplifying agent in the development of the fine and subtle art of crooning.
: : Forget stately Wayne Manor. The real question here is why Kaiser Wilhelm II, emperor of Germany and king of Prussia, would have needed a small-b batman (a British soldier assigned duty as servant to an officer) in the first place. And when that's settled, we can work on the question of "Who was [Whistling] Jack Smith?"
: : By all accounts, Smith was difficult but charismatic, a magical trickster manically involved in all kinds of projects at all times. Never far from poverty, he was gifted in seducing actors and friends and in "appropriating" materials he needed for his art. He used cheap, sometimes discarded, color reversal stock to immortalize the drag queens, mermaids, vampires, naked poets, and other "creatures" who populate his films. Smith, who died in 1989 of pneumocystis, was a trickster second to none in whose remarks, even the impromptu ones - "O Maria Montez, give socialist answers to a rented world!" - lay treasures of wit and pleasure.