This Day in GINGEROLOGY - April 24th
1899: Charles Sullivan, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tip-Off” (as Chuck, the Bouncer at Scarno’s), “Suicide Fleet” (as Charlie Sullivan), “Carnival Boat” (as a Logger), “The Tenderfoot” (as Spike – a Thug), “Twenty Million Sweethearts” (as Cabbie), and “Bachelor Mother” (as the Bouncer at The Pink Slipper), was born in Monroe, Louisiana.
1961: Lee Moran, who starred with Ginger in the films “Hat Check Girl” (as Man on Subway) and “Sitting Pretty” (as Assistant Director), died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 72.
1984: Fern Aalbu (born Anna Ferne Aalbers), who starred with Ginger in the film “Young Man of Manhattan” (as One of The Sherman Sisters), died in Valley Village, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 72.2016: TCM aired “The Major and the Minor”.
Next GingerFilm(s) (on TCM - all times Eastern):
May 4, 2017 @ 12:45 P.M. Gold Diggers of 1933
May 4, 2017 @ 6:15 P.M. 42nd Street
May 17, 2017 @ 4:15 A.M. Finishing School
Next GingerFilm(s) (on FXM Retro - all times Eastern) - NOTE - the FXM Retro site is kinda 'cryptic' as far as specific times, so please check local listings for 'specific times':
None Currently Scheduled...
Monday, December 30, 2013
...as to what's ahead in 2014, the biggest news is... it appears that the lone 'lost' GingerFilm has...been FOUND!!!
Yes, not only has "Hat Check Girl" been found to exist, it is also being restored, according to Molly Brown (a.k.a. GingerPeachy). GP actually broke the news a week or so ago over on FaceBook - her blog is "The Trade Corner for Ginger Rogers" .
Now, what happens with the restored copy afterwards is not specifically known... at minimum, the film may be shown at film festivals... maybe a TCM Festival? Which would be awesome... but of course, the OPTIMUM situation would be to sell the rights to 20th Century-Fox (HCG was a 'Fox Films' production) so they can distribute it as part of their "Cinema Archives" collection (if they could also get a restored copy of 'Broadway Bad' out in this series, life would be REAL good!) ...anyway, stay tuned for further details regarding HCG and its potential 'access'... I will definitely post updates about it!
...and regarding the future of this blog...to put it in the most emphatic phrasing I can muster: ...it ain't going NOwhere, y'all... ...although there's no doubt that the awesome community of Gingerologists over on FaceBook has 'demanded' a good chunk of the author's time which heretofore was allotted for blogging.
However, there's still a heap to do here at Gingerology!!! I roughly posted an entry a week in 2013, which is a bit below average, but I also made some headway on the GingerFilm Blogs...but lots more work to do on those... and there's lots of topics and 'features' still untouched which I need to get going on here - and we won't even mention the purt near dormant state of the HueyReviews...so, PLEASE stay tuned!!!
...finally, there are a few other things which may be popping up here in 2014, which have not been finalized yet, and may NOT, but... time will tell... again, stay tuned!
Finally, on this last post for 2013, I again wish to thank ALL of y'all who support this blog...hopefully it is of interest, entertainment, and education regarding all things Ginger Rogers... and remember, feedback is MOST welcome!!!
Have a Appy Noo Jeer, Y'all!!!
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Well, I was guided by a fellow Gingerologist to recall one of the more memorable Christmases for Ginger in her bio... and even though most of y'all know it well, I still thought I'd transcribe it here, just to get in the spirit of things, and for those who haven't seen it... but the setup is as follows... Christmas 1942... The U.S. had been in WWII for just over a year, and Ginger was planning on marrying Jack Briggs the following January. He was enlisted, and was spending the holidays with his relatives before marrying Ginger and then waiting for 'the call' for being sent into battle... So Ginger and Lela entertained some of their relatives at her Gilcrest home... From her bio (starting on p. 251 - silver hardcover), and a few awesome pics of Ginger, Lela, and Smokey on the set of "The Major and the Minor":
"Despite the dreadful shadow of war, my house on Gilcrest was full of the Christmas spirit, as well as bulging presents waiting to be opened. My mother, whose birthday was December 25, squealed with delight at having her father, Smokey, as our guest for the day. Family and friends gathered around the Christmas tree, and I was the master of ceremonies for this part of the presentation. When the presents from under the silver-tip pine dwindled to nothing but empty space, Smokey's face became very long and very sad. He must have thought we'd forgotten about a present for him."
"I drew my mother's attention to the clouded expression on his face, and she nodded to me that we had better take him outside before he pouted. Mother and I planned his present and its presentation together. I reached down to the base of the tree and picked up a huge ball of red string. I announced to Smokey, "Here's your present but you'll have to follow wherever it leads you.""
"He immediately caught the humor of it, saying, "This is just what I needed." He wound the string into a red ball and he repeated his remark each time the string would be wrapped around a lamp or a book. The whole group got caught up in his search and as soon as the string stopped at any item, in unison they would repeat with him, "This is just what I needed.""
"The string led us outdoors to the parking space in front of my three-car garage, and, as planned, there was a brand-new Ford. When the crowd saw this shiny new car, they let out an audible "Oh, no!" since the string had just stopped at the radiator on the front of the car. In his amazement, Smokey again repeated, "This is just what I needed!" Smokey sat down on the running board of his Ford and began to cry like a baby, he was so overcome. Everyone in the crowd got caught up in the emotion of the moment, and there wasn't a dry eye in the group. Lelee and I presented him with the right gift, and it really surprised him. It was a thrill for me to know that. He took my mother into a corner later that evening and said, "You two didn't have to get me such an extravagant present.""
"Mother rightly answered him, "But, Daddy, you are the most important man in our lives.""
"With that, Granddaddy cried again. He was an emotional Welshman. Bless him!"
...hopefully this story will strike a chord with you as you reflect on Christmases Past, which are hopefully great memories of loved ones (it had that effect on me...) ...and to also inspire you NOW to make the most of the season with family...which is what it REALLY should be all about, right?
...with that, here's wishing all Gingerologists out there a VERY Gingery Holiday Season!!!
Sunday, December 8, 2013
"The Gibson Girl" was to be a major vehicle for Ginger courtesy of her 'home studio', RKO... but the production was scrapped at the last minute because....well, we'll explore that in a bit... but first...
...what IS a Gibson Girl?
Well, glad ya asked!
The year was '86...1886, that is... and a young illustrator from Roxbury, Massachusetts named Charles Dana Gibson was doing quite well in NYC selling his illustrations to magazines such as Collier's Journal, Harper's Weekly, and Scribners.
Wiki: "Next to the beauty of a Gibson Girl, men often appeared as simpletons or bumblers..." yeah, if that doesn't describe our girl Ginger, nothing does... especially when you consider her gooberhead hubbies... but I digress...
The real life model for the 'prototypical' Gibson Girl was Charles' wife, Irene Langhorne...who was the sister of Lady Mary Astor - yes, THOSE Astors...
Here is a cool Pintrest site with all things Gibson Girl...including a neat item regarding this film (and honestly, I 'nabbed' the pic at the top from this site, so...thanks to the site owner...)
OK, so, how's about this film which was to star Miss Rogers which was to begin production in 1943-ish? Well...
...a 'younger' Ginger, looking quite Gibson Girl-ish, no?
...as to the film script, from gleaning various sources, most notably a former RKO employee who claims to have actually thumbed thru the script, it was not very well done. RKO had quite a bit of investment in the project, including purchasing of the rights of Gibson's drawings for use in the film and general reference.
RKO, although still producing great films in the early 40's, including arguably one of the best EVER, Citizen Kane in 1941, as well as some Hitchcock films, including Suspicion, and of course Kitty Foyle :-) had some bad investments which caused the bottom line to dip a good bit... although the studio would rebound by the mid-40s. This financial 'hiccup', along with Ginger's looming 'freelance' deal, AND the marginal script, all probably conspired as to why this GingerFilm...WASN'T.
All we have regarding the 'general plot' can be gleaned from this 'preliminary publicity catalog' which was on display at BU... and yes, it's the same drawing, but...DANG someone did a GREAT job drawing Ginger here... too bad this wasn't the artist for the GandF posters... ALTHOUGH... Ginger looks VERY 1940's-style here...AWESOME, of course, but... not really the style of the Gibson Girl...
"A glorious singing, dancing, romantic comedy based on the heyday times of Charles Dana Gibson, the artist who made the American girl famous...bringing back in all their good-time sparkle and lusty glamour those gay, colorful, high-living days that ushered in the Twentieth Century...it's the natural of all naturals for the talents of Ginger and the big-time screen musical and specialty cast soon to be announced".
...I wonder what the tunes were, if any had been written for it?
...also note the film was to be in Technicolor...dang it! An opportunity for a GingerFilm in color lost...
The general story line was considered again in the 1950's as a Jane Russell vehicle, when Howard Hughes was in control of RKO Studios. The reasoning behind the 'mothballing' at that time is unclear. For all we know, the script is still in a file somewhere out there in Hollywood... would be great to peruse, no matter the quality.
I think this would have been a cool GingerFilm, IF it were given to the correct director... George Stephens or Greg LaCava would have done quite nicely... actually, it kinda seems made for LaCava, perhaps minus any big musical numbers...
In fact, it could be a pretty cool project TODAY, with a totally revamped script, of course...whom would y'all suggest play the part of the 'textbook' Gibson Girl?
Well, hope y'all enjoyed this post... it was cool to research! AAANNNDDD, please comment with any more info regarding this one!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Speaking of which, let's have an 'inside look' at what the typical Thanksgiving at Ginger's is like... through the use of pictures and captions, of course...
Some of the older folks stay in, and opt to watch the games on TV... of course one of the traditional matchups on Thanksgiving is...
...and with that, all of us here at Gingerology hope that you and yours have a most happy, reflective, and safe Thanksgiving weekend, and of course...
Keep It Gingery!!!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
...well, let's just say there's 'progress' of sorts, anyway... I think Miss Tremont is rapidly running out of patience, so, in Hu's best interests to complete the treatment in short order...
...and thanks to all who voted in the 'Fave Ginger suspense Film' poll... Shriek In the Night won by a pretty fair margin... it is a bit better 'watch', so no big surprise overall...
...looks like GandF is a slam dunk over at the 'couples tourney' at Monty's... if you haven't yet, scoot over there and VOTE, not only for GandF, of course, but also for all your other fave classic film pairings...
...as for other things afoot in South Gingerville...well, not much, really... just waiting for the preparations for Thanksgiving festivities to ramp up, as we have a good bit of kin folk popping in that weekend... and with that, hope all of y'all have a great week... and stay tuned for more Ginger... soon... hopefully... KIG!!!!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
...which Ginger 'suspense' film do you prefer...
THE THIRTEENTH GUEST
...or A SHRIEK IN THE NIGHT?
(SEE POLL THINGY AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THE PAGE HERE...)...polls close Halloween night...scary, huh? :-)
...still no TopHat caps... yeah, yeah... lots of just...stuff...happening...well, nothing too involved, but... seems like this time of year is busy, and of course with the holiday season cranking up, it will continue to be so... but Hu is gonna keep the Ginger rolling, for sure... remember there's LOTS of Gingerfilms heading our way on TCM in November and December, so...stay tuned!!!
...and, if you aren't on FaceBook yet, roll over there... there's SOOOOOO much Ginger stuff afoot there, it's unreal... see ya there!!!!
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Hu is back from Atlantic City...well, got back quite a few days ago, but... it appears blogger has had some 'issues'... but appears to be cooking again...
As for a 'Gingery Connection' in Atlantic City, well, I doubted there would be one, but...one 'kinda' happened, at least in a 'glancing' way.
Of course, as we all know, Atlantic City is the home (again) of the Miss America Pageant...and the hotel I stayed in had the address of '1 Miss America Way'...which was pretty cool...even cooler was the display of all the dresses and other 'Miss America' stuff in the lobby (I guess at one time or another contestants stayed there). Well, when I walked into my room, there was a pic on the wall of a float from 1941 with Miss America contestants... and one of the young ladies on there was Miss California (who went on to be Miss America), Rosemary LaPlanche...this isn't the actual pic, but it IS of the young lady in question...
Well, I thought it was cool first of all that they had the 1941 Miss America pic in my room (although it may have been in ALL rooms, who knows), since 1940-1941 was Ginger's 'apex' of popularity... and then I thought how cool it was that this young lady in the pic looked a WHOLE lot like our fair Ginger... but then, after doing a bit more research, it gets even MORE Gingery... soon after Miss LaPlanche was crowned, she went on do USO bond tours, a la Ginger...and well, like a LOT of actresses and other young ladies did at the time....
BUT, here's the "COOL!" "GingerConnection" part... in the same year she 'served' as Miss America, Miss LaPlanche signed with...RKO Pictures!!! She ended up appearing in over fifty films in her career - most were 'small roles' (well, actually there's no such thing as 'small roles', right? ;-) ), and had her own radio show in the late 40s, and then onward to television... pretty cool!!! Here's her IMDb page: Rosemary LaPlanche
I feel pretty sure she and Ginger crossed paths (she's not mentioned in Ginger's bio, but...) - heck, she could have been Ginger's 'stand-in' for sure! Actually, there are other pics of her out there where she is not as 'Gingery' looking, and one of them actually conjures up Rita Hayworth! Well, heck, here's the Miss America 'bio' about her...check out the second 'Rita-like' pic of her... ANYWAY, it just goes to show there are ALWAYS GingerConnections out there, if you keep your eyes open!
As for TCM, hey...not much in October regarding Ginger, but November and December are rocking!!! First off, December's TCM Star of the Month is.... Mr. Fred Astaire! Of course, as a result, all ten of the GandF films will be aired in December (heck, I think 'Barkleys' is on TWICE in Dec...) - but there's also some cool 'spots' where Ginger occurs in the lineup... most notably, late Christmas Eve (and into Christmas Day, actually), "I'll Be Seeing You" is airing, which is tagged as a 'Rob's Pick' for the night...which is pretty awesome... Bachelor Mother also occurs within a week of Christmas, I believe... but just go check out the 'TCM Page' located at the top right of this page... also, on New Year's Eve, the "That's Entertainment!!!" series of films are being shown...Ginger appears in the third (III) installment.
Finally, as to 'resumption' of Gingerology... still need to get cracking on the TopHat caps... pun most likely intended... but I also want to post some other Gingery topics, so... stay tuned. And of course, the continued 'advancement' of all of the GingerFilm blogs will be taking place as well, and I'll hopefully keep you posted on occurrences on any specific one of them.
Until all of that happens, tho... I'll yak with most of y'all over on FaceBook... otherwise...
Keep It Gingery!!!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
I'm just gonna be out for a week on a business trip to...Atlantic City, of all places! Heading out EARLY tomorrow morning...so, hope all of y'all out there have a great week, and I'll catch up with y'all upon return (I honestly have no mobile devices in which to communicate with y'all...) ...I'll be back on 10/5, so...heck, a WEEK from now... As such, I'm posting the 'Day in Gingerology' for ALL of the days I'm out... for your information, of course...
...also just received the 'official' e-mail noting that WB Archives now has 'Vivacious Lady' available as an 'on demand' DVD... see the last post for the link... here's the E-mail banner, which is pretty dang cool:
And of course, TopHat is still out there in need of The Huey Treatment... so plenty of stuff for Huey to do upon return... SO, until then...
Keep It VERY Gingery, y'all!!!
Sunday, September 22, 2013
...ah, Miss Rogers is dressed for the approaching season in grand fashion, as usual!!!
...hope everyone is doing well out there... a few things here and there to note...
FIRST...Arianna has informed me that, after a LONG wait, one of Ginger's most beloved 'non-Fred' films is FINALLY making it to DVD...WB Archives has released 'Vivacious Lady', Ginger's only film with James Stewart as her leading man...
Vivacious Lady on DVD - WB Archives
SECOND...Monty's 2013 Lombard Cup is WELL under way...hope y'all have been participating in it...if not, well...NOW would be a good time, as our girl's number has been chosen... Ginger is up against Esther Williams, who is pretty awesome.... but in the wrong place at the wrong time, unfortunately... HERE'S the link to Monty's site, which ultimately links ya over to Kristen's blog, Journeys In Classic film (see the end of Monty's post...or heck, just click HERE ...doesn't appear to be 'set' yet, as of this posting...)
...hey, Ginger swam a good bit, too, ya'll!!!
...but with that, I think everyone knows that Esther has no equal in aquatic acrobatics/pyrotechnics, of course :-)
Happy voting, y'all!
THIRD...as of yet, still haven't gotten around to making screencaps from TopHat... but hopefully soon... VERY soon... stay tuned... once I get time to crank them out, it goes pretty fast...
FOURTH...With that, the 'FilmJam' deal for 'The Major and The Minor' was pretty neat, even though I was only around for the last ten minutes or so... hope you got to join in!
FIFTH...and LAST...I think... I'm actually 'road trippin' to...Atlantic City, of all places...a work deal... will be out a week from today (9/29) and will be back Friday (10/4)... just a programming note, as it were... wonder if there's any Ginger connection up there? I feel pretty sure she passed through there a time or two back in the day... heck, probably had some of her stage shows set up there, I reckon...
SO, until then...
Friday, September 13, 2013
This is a sad thing to write so please forgive me if I surprise you. I'm a friend of "Amanda Cooper". I'm writing to let her "friends" know that she has passed away. She was in a car accident over the weekend. She talked about her facebook Ginger fans group and loved reading what you wrote. She loved Ginger Rogers and you do too so you must have had a lot to talk about. I think she is in heaven now having lunch with Ginger Rogers catching her up on all that has happened on earth since she passed away. I don't know if "Amanda's" family will shut this page down or what but I think she'd want you to know she had passed. God bless you all.
...there are never adequate or 'right' words to utter when a tragedy occurs, but my sincere condolences to all who knew 'e' in a real sense, as I know a few of y'all did... and of course also to her family and other friends. I know we had LOTS of great correspondence together, and she was VERY knowledgeable of all things concerning Ginger... and overall just a sweet soul who always had a positive outlook on things...she will be sorely missed by this blogger, for sure...
Erosenplatt's blog, The Ginger Rogers Resource, is a neat site which has plenty of links and pics of Ginger... here's the link to it:
erosenplatt's The Ginger Rogers Resource
...and also her superb YouTube channel:
erosenplatt's YouTube channel
A sad post to make, y'all...but knowing 'e' is in The Great Beyond chatting with Ginger really makes things a bit better... and, as always, on a somber occasion like this, it's a time for reflection and re-evaluation... with that, my hope is that all of y'all know how awesome you all are, and I am VERY blessed and privileged to be associated with such a great group of folks...of course, Ginger is our 'central theme' here, but I think our 'links' have transcended even that, and we have become a close-knit 'community' of sorts... which is really cool.
As always, and in memory of erosenplatt...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Over on that big ol' social media thingy they call FaceBook, a fellow Gingerologist - Ginger Rogers - a Joy To behold, posted a pic a few days back from the GingerCentury exhibit ay Boston University...which I just happened to take whilst there, but that's generally irrelevant... anyway, the picture is of baby Ginger being held by her 'gooberhead' dad, William Eddins McMath...here's the pic:
dude looks a LOT like...
And if you REALLY want to stretch things, remember Ginger was the Charleston Champ of the state of....Texas! ...yeah, I told you it's a stretch...
Well, just thought I would 'document' this before I forgot about it... I know a lot of y'all don't know Johnny Manziel from Johnny Mathis, so... now you do, I guess. :-)
And just to make this post a bit more Gingery, here's an awesome pic of YOUNG Ginger that Arianna posted on FB a day or two back...a new one for me!
Until the next Gingery post...
It is my hope that I can continue to make 'G-ology' interesting and informative regarding the 'Beautiful Science' of VKM, which is SUCH a great topic!!! ...And remember, your comments are what make Gingerology click - so keep cranking them out!
Thanks again, JW