The Mighty Sparrow: Jack Palance (1956)

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The Mighty Sparrow: Jack Palance (1956)

Actually no, the great Trinidad calypso singer Mighty Sparrow isn't paying a tribute to the wonderful character actor Jack "pick up the gun" Palance (1919-2006).

Rather, he is making a very unflattering comparison between the actor's rather battered looks and the faces of aging prostitutes: "Without any doubt they could be my granny but they walk around at night with their face like jack Palance . . . move to France, I'm looking for youth not experience".

He tells these older ladies to retire and get out of the way of the younger and prettier girls.

At the time of this writing the Mighty Sparrow is still alive and, at 84, you do wonder if he would like to hear people prefer youth not experience in his game.

If "pick up the gun" confuses, check the movie Shane. That showed Palance as the callous killer and his "pick up the gun" scene in that movie is pure menace. The scene has been removed from You Tube (such a classic) but this clip gives a sense of Palance's persona.

And there's another below: a bleak homage to pointless kiling in Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs Miller.

 

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