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This Day in GINGEROLOGY - June 22nd

1891: Harry Seymour, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tenderfoot” (as Newsstand Proprietor), “You Said a Mouthful” (as Announcer), “42nd Street” (as aide), “Twenty Million Sweethearts” (as Buddy’s Announcer), “Upperworld” (as Passerby Talking to Officer Moran), and “Monkey Business” (as Clothing Store Salesman), was born in New York City.

1906: Billy Wilder, who directed the Ginger film “The Major and the Minor”, was born in Poland.

1957: Eddie Tamblyn (born Edward Tamblyn), who starred with Ginger in the films “Flying Down to Rio” (as a Yankee Clipper) and “Follow the Fleet” (as Sailor), died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 49.

1987: Fred Astaire, who starred with Ginger in ten films which ALL Gingerologists should know by heart, died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 88.

2011: TCM aired “The Major and the Minor”.

2011: FMC aired “Teenage Rebel”.

2013: FMC aired “Tales of Manhattan”.

GingerTelevision...

Next GingerFilm(s) (on TCM - all times Eastern):

June 23, 2017 @ 11:30 A.M. Flying Down to Rio
June 23, 2017 @ 1:00 P.M. Top Hat
June 23, 2017 @ 2:45 P.M. Swing Time
June 23, 2017 @ 4:45 P.M. Carefree
June 23, 2017 @ 6:15 P.M. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

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':

...No Films Scheduled...

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

...seems like these are everywhere, so here's one Gingerologists should employ...

...interesting how easy this was to crank out... there's a website called Keep Calm And Make A Poster website, where you can make a 'custom' sign of the now rather ubiquitous slogan of "Keep Calm and Carry On", which was developed, but not actually distributed, by the British during the early stages of WWII for morale purposes of the general public - details of the poster occur HERE.
...and of course, Ginger as Ms. Castle in uniform is a pretty bodacious morale booster in any arena! So, with that, hope y'all are having a great weekend, and gearing up for the Independence Day festivities in a few weeks...

UPDATE: Here's the alternate, which is of course in Ginger's favorite hue(y)? :
...I went back and forth on the color to use...ended up with 'Gingerology Green'...but why can't there be a 'Ginger Pink' as well? Thanks to Katie for speaking up about this... when the OGRE speaks, you tend to listen!
Keep It Gingery, y'all!!!
Hu
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

...odds and ends from NOLA...

...Well, Hu and the Crew are back from the Crescent City... had a great time, although it's pretty dang hot AND humid... 90 degrees down there is like around 100 most anywhere else. Good to be back in the 'routine', such as it is...

We ate at some great spots, although not as 'highbrow' overall as we have in the past... with Bam-Bam, it's not quite as easy...but he did great pretty much everywhere we went. We hit Acme Oyster House (if ya dig oysters, it's the place to go - I'm not into 'raw' ones, but they do 'chargrilled' ones which are awesome!), Court of Two Sisters (older buffet style...great 'cross-section' of New Orleans culinary styles), and Deanie's Seafood, also a great place.

There were a few Gingery moments during the trip... first off, I spotted an old sign on the side of a building which read:
...just outside the fire station on Decatur Street... pretty neat, even though Ginger never partook in one of these, most likely... as you can see, it was garbage pickup day in the Quarter...

Another neat moment was as we were just about to leave out - we made our last 'run through', picking up a few last 'souvenirs' for folks back home, a dude was playing guitar out by Cafe Du Monde (the beignet (doughnut) place), and I was waiting outside a store a bit down the way, but well within earshot... and what song does he start to strum, but 'Night and Day'... so as we walked by, I dropped a buck in his pot and thanked him for playing it, cause it reminded me of Ginger Rogers... that probably didn't mean as much to him as the $$$, but... still a neat deal.

...and speaking of 'you-know-who' (who ELSE?), I am wanting to get a few 'general' posts cooking soon...of course the 'SOM' HueyTreatment' is underway, and will hopefully be out this weekend, but...there's been some other 'general topics' I've been wanting to crank out on posts as well... so stay tuned.

Hope y'all's summer is going well!

Keep It Gingery!

Hu
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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Professional Sweetheart turns 80...

...on this date in 1933, the RKO film 'Professional Sweetheart' was released.
This is one of my favorite early Ginger films (currently #4 on the 'GingerFilms' rankings), as she is at a pretty advanced level of sassiness here... and is beautiful throughout, of course... as a 'spoiled' star who plays a squeaky-clean girl-next-door on the radio, but has designs on cutting loose in real life. Her handlers decide to hook her up with one of her male fans who write in to her, and to set up a marriage between them, to not only keep a 'wholesome image' for her radio show, but also to appease her real life demands... of course, times change, and people change, as the story proceeds...
The only 'fail' this film has is that they dubbed Ginger's singing spots with another singer, a soprano-type...  Norman Foster plays his 'aw shucks' character to nice effect, and the strong supporting cast includes Frank McHugh, Allen Jenkins, Zazu Pitts and Franklin Pangborn.
...here's the GingerFilm blog for the movie, where you'll find the HueyReview, as well as other info (more features pending, of course...) :
Gingerology's Professional Sweetheart Blog
...hey, where does this one rank in YOUR list? Hopefully y'all have seen it...while there is no 'official' DVD currently available for it, TCM shows it on a fairly regular basis... so hope you get to catch it soon.
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As for Hu, I am a bit under the weather, with a sinus infection...of sorts, anyway... cut grass all day and sucked in too much dust and other niceties, so... but I'm medicating, eating hot salsa and other stuff to get things shook up in the snoot... it usually gets knocked out overnight (I'll sleep sitting up on the couch, tho...) ...all that to say, this will delay the HueyTreatment of SOM a bit... but hopefully not too much.
In the meantime, hope y'all are having a splindiferous weekend, and remembering to...

Keep It Gingery!!!

Hu
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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Ginger Rogers Film Review #29 - Star of Midnight

STAR OF MIDNIGHT
(April 19, 1935 - RKO Radio)
Run Time (approximate): 90 Minutes.
Directed by: Steven Roberts.
Screenplay: Howard J. Green, Anthony Veiller, and Edward Kaufman.
Producer: Pandro S. Berman. 
Cinematography by: J. Roy Hunt.
From the Novel by: Arthur Somers Roche.
Original Music by: Max Steiner.
Musical Director: Max Steiner.
Sound Recordist: John L. Cass.
Film Editing: Arthur Roberts.
Camera Operator: Eddie Pyle.
Special Effects: Harry Redmond Sr.
Art Direction: Van Nest Polglase.
Art Department: Charles M. Kirk.
Makeup Department: Mel Berns.
Costume Design: Bernard Newman.

Also Starring: William Powell (as Clay 'Dal' Dalzell), Paul Kelly (as Jimmy 'Jim' Kinland), Gene Lockhart (as Horatio Swayne), Ralph Morgan (as Roger Classon), Leslie Fenton (as Tim Winthrop), J. Farrell MacDonald (as Police Inspector Doremus), Russell Hopton (as Tommy Tennant), Vivien Oakland (as Jerry Classon), Robert Emmett O'Connor (as Police Sergeant Cleary).  
UNCREDITED CAST: Hooper Atchley (as Allen - Hotel Manager), Bobby Barber (as Waiter), Eddy Chandler (as Kinland Henchman), George Chandler (as Witness), Spencer Charters (as Hotel Doorman), Billy Dooley (as Bartender), Bess Flowers (as Mary Smith), Paul Hurst (as Detective Corbett), John Ince (as Doctor), Tiny Jones (as Charwoman), Francis McDonald (as Kinland Henchman), Charles McMurphy (as Police Officer Lewis), Daisy Lee Mothershed (as Belinda - Maid), John T. Murray (as Kinland's Butler), Louis Natheaux (as Kinland Henchman), George C. Pearce (as Second Doctor), Frank Reicher (as Abe Ohlman), Syd Saylor (as Foley - Record Delivery Man), Libby Taylor (as Matilda - Mary Smith's Maid). 
     
Ginger's Character: Donna Martin. 
Ginger's 'Screen Time': Approximately 32 Minutes and 14 Seconds (35.7% of the film). 
GingerTunes: None.
Gingery Goodness Factor (GGF) - (1-10): 7.5 - A solid 'realistic' Ginger performance, in that it has the feel of how Ginger would kinda be in real life... not too many moments of sassiness (probably the most she gets her dander up is in the scene below, and even that is 'acting'), but overall a very pleasant outing for our girl.
Film Quality (1-10): 9.0 - The WB Archive print is very well done, as usual. The screen caps, however, are from a copy of the film which was recorded from some TV channel not readily known by your humble author...hence the little squiggly logo in the bottom right of most of the caps...
...not sure where this is from, but if y'all have any clue, do inform... kinda looks like a pretzel gone awry...

Huey's Review for GINGEROLOGY: ...Well, this one is kind of hard to follow, being a 'whodunnit' and all that, so...let's just talk about Ginger, and how she looks so breathtakingly marvelous throughout this photo-play... ...hm? What's that? We do that all the time anyway? Well, I suppose you're right about that...so, we'll get to that later. With that, let's get on with the review proper... 
The tale begins in the uber-awesome penthouse digs of lawyer/sleuth Clay 'Dal' Dalzell (William Powell), with his friend Tim Winthrop (Leslie Fenton) dropping by to request Dal's assistance in finding his girlfriend Alice. Well, Dal is game, so he and his ever-present fiancee de facto Donna Mantin (Ginger Rogers) drag Tim to a play, entitled 'Midnight'...hmmmm... anyway, the 'Star' of 'Midnight'...(ohhhh...I see what they did there...) is a mysteriously masked maven (...say THAT 3 times fast) by the name of Mary Smith. Well, after she speaks and sings a bit, Tim declares, "...HEY! that's...ALICE!" ...and the actress subsequently scuttles off the stage and disappears...again.
Meanwhile, before the play really gets started, Dal is summoned to Jimmy Kinland's lair (Paul Kelly), who is the local gangster (...this IS the 30's, after all). See, it's like this...Donna has a girl-friend who wrote these 'personal' letters to someone other than hubby... not sure where Kinland obtained them, but...anyway, Dal is to retrieve these letters to keep Donna's friend out of trouble. Well, Dal hears on Kinland's radio about Mary-Alice bolting from the stage and heads back to the crib.
Tim meets Dal there to verify that the lady on stage was indeed long lost Alice...and is pretty much spent for the evening, so Dal lets him crash there for the night in his guest bedroom. Soon after, Tommy Tennant (Russell Hopton) a reporter from the city's 'TMZ' gossip rag, who actually KNOWS why Mary-Alice keeps on making herself scarce... but before he can tell Dal, a arm with a gun attached to it pokes out of the guest room and snuffs out Tennant. Dal plays possum, and jumps into the guest room when it appears the coast is clear...and nobody is there. Of course, Tim is the prime suspect, but Dal doubts it, as he knows the dude's character.
With that, there are multiple suspects available for Dal's scrutiny, including Kinland, Roger Classon (Ralph Morgan) and his wife Jerry (Vivian Oakland) (Jerry was an old flame of Dal's), Dal's butler Horace Swayne (Gene Lockhart), and...well. Dal himself...as he grabbed the gun used in the murder when he scoped out the guest room...but since Dal was 'grazed' with a bullet, it would seem that he would be off the police's list. 
That's about where I'll leave it, because it gets pretty convoluted from here...and of course I'll leave the endgame for you to discover...
Favorite Ginger Moments: One of the 'neat' moments in this one occurs pretty early...it's a very brief moment, you might even miss it if you blink twice... but there's a scene where Ginger is walking out of the room, turns around (after Powell tosses one of his classic barbs at her), and she 'squnches' her face (yeah, 'squnch' is a word...) 

...now, this is pretty cute in and of itself, but if you are a fan of The Thin Man series, you know that this is a 'trademark' expression for Nora Charles...and is definitely a nod to Ms. Loy, perhaps even 'ad-libbed' by Ginger... I'd kinda like to think that, anyway, as it seems like 'Ginger's style' to pay homage to the lady who 'owned' the role that she was fixing to delve into, with the task of consciously NOT acting like Myrna, yet still be... awesome...and she truly accomplishes that, IMHO.

Other Reviews:  
"Ginger Rogers, rapidly becoming one of the screen's most able light comediennes...neither sings nor dances in this, nor does she need to. Even without Fred Astaire and an orchestra playing Jerome Kern music, Miss Rogers gets along very nicely." - New York Sun
"Myrna Loy, of course, will always be the perfect partner for Mr. Powell, but Ginger Rogers makes a gallant consort for him here as the persistent lady who is determined to keep their friendship platonic." - New York Times
"William Powell is splendid as Dalzell, and so, too, is Ginger Rogers as the lady from Park Avenue." - New York World Telegram
"This time Mr. Powell has Ginger Rogers to help him solve the mystery, and to keep him happily supplied with drinks, and although she lacks the nonchalant wit of Miss Myrna Loy, she has enough life and intelligence to carry her successfully through the part." - London Times
"The presence of Miss Ginger Rogers in the cast is among the decided virtues of the entertainment... The versatile Miss Rogers, who is pleasant to watch in screen musical comedy as in mystery melodrama, is as delightful as usual, in the role of the lawyer's helper, admirer and co-drinker." - New York Herald Tribune


From GINGER: My Story: "I had always admired Bill Powell and was quite thrilled to be making a movie with him. He was genuine and kind to me. I was thankful to be going into a sophisticated comedy instead of rehearsing long hours and hearing the same song five thousand times. I especially love my opening outfit (by Bernard Newman), a white mink blouse with a black velvet skirt. It was so Fifth Avenue."
"I had worked with director Stephen Roberts before, on Romance in Manhattan. Between shots, we engaged in long conversations. He and his wife had just come back from a fishing vacation on the Rogue River in Oregon. My talks with him made me yearn to go to Oregon to see for myself. It sounded like a perfect spot for getting away to relax and fish."

Miscellaneous Stuff: 
--- The ladies in the picture frames scattered throughout Dal's pad included publicity shots of RKO actresses Irene Dunne and Ann Harding. Interestingly enough, there is not a pic of Donna Martin (or Ginger Rogers, for that matter) in the set, as far as I could surmise...
---  Dal notes (in as humble a manner possible) that his detective skills have been described as "Charlie Chan, Philo Vance, and the Saint all rolled into one...' - Powell actually portrayed Philo Vance in four feature films prior to this role.
--- One of the 'taglines' for this film was "The titian-haired star of "Gay Divorcee" and "Roberta" joins hands with the master of all screen sleuths in a sparkling, mystery drama breathless with thrills..." ...BTW, 'titian' means "of a brownish-orange color"...yeah, I had to look it up, too...
--- The Austrian title of the film was "Herr Sherlock und Frau Holmes".

GingerFilm Ranking: #11 of 30. A pretty good film, and Powell is always a great lead, but again, for pure Gingery goodness, it falls just outside the top third of the films thus far reviewed. 

After Twenty-Nine Reviews: 
#01 - The Gay Divorcee
#02 - Rafter Romance
#03 - Romance in Manhattan
#04 - Professional Sweetheart
#05 - 42nd Street
#06 - Roberta
#07 - Flying Down to Rio
#08 - Twenty Million Sweethearts
#09 - Sitting Pretty
#10 - The Tenderfoot
#11 - Star of Midnight
#12 - The Tip-Off
#13 - Upper World
#14 - Queen High
#15 - Change of Heart
#16 - Young Man of Manhattan
#17 - You Said A Mouthful
#18 - Carnival Boat
#19 - A Shriek in the Night
#20 - The Thirteenth Guest
#21 - Don't Bet On Love
#22 - Chance at Heaven
#23 - Finishing School
#24 - Broadway Bad
#25 - Gold Diggers of 1933 
#26 - The Sap From Syracuse
#27 - Suicide Fleet
#28 - Follow The Leader
#29 - Honor Among Lovers
#30 - Hat Check Girl***
*** - Not viewed or reviewed due to unavailability.

Up Next: Top Hat... One of the most well-known GandF movies, arguably their best... it was the 'template' for the next 3-4 GandF films to follow it, fine-tuning the formula used in 'The Gay Divorcee'... should make for an interesting review, and to see just how high Dale Tremont ranks among the all-time Gingery roles...

And stay tuned for "The Huey Treatment" of Star of Midnight... to be completed...soon!  

Until then, as always...

KIG, Y'all!!!

VKMfanHuey
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