Sunday, November 28, 2004
"After You're Gone" - Al Jolson
The last episode of the Singing Detective (1986,available on Netflix): a scarecrow pops up in Philip Marlowe's hospital ward singing this song in order to taunt him of his fears of being a cuckold like his father.
The chorus kicks in as various infirmed patients and nurses join in switching back and forth between the reimagined film noir and Marlowe's tormented visions of his wife and her supposed lover. Dennis Potter makes Jolson relevant again and a classic TV moment is born.
The series was remade into a movie that received some critical aclaim -- I haven't seen it but I understand the soundtrack is completely different and includes an entire disc of songs by the lead Robert Downey Jr!
From The Jolson Story Part 2