"(…) Mexico, after all, was Ford’s preferred destination for dionysical revelries on boat tours with his circle of closest friends.
Thanks to the master of Ford’s boat Araner, a man named Goldrainer and blessed with a knack for terse prose, we have a good idea of how those went. Joseph McBride, in his authoritative biography Searching for John Ford: A Life reproduces this from the ship’s log for New Year’s Eve 1934:
1:18 p.m. Went ashore–got the owner, Fonda, Wayne, and Bond out of jail. Put up bond for their behavior.
9:30 p.m. Got the owner, Fonda, Wayne, and Bond out of jail again. Invited by Mexican officials to leave town.
The following day Goldrainer notes:
Owner went to mass–brought priest to Araner–purpose to sign pledge [to quit drinking]: pledge signed–celebrated signing of pledge with champagne, later augmented with brandy … "visto aqui
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