...and we are OFF...

...to GINGERFEST!!! Hope to see y'all there! I have put the 'Day in Gingerology' on auto-pilot for the next 4-5 days, which of course contains Ginger's 107th birthday remembrance! Y'all be safe and have a Gingery week!!!
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This Day in GINGEROLOGY - July 12th - 17th

July 12

1945: Jack Briggs, Ginger’s third husband, returns home from his WWII tour of duty in the Pacific theater, which he began in December 1943.

1981: Lynton Brent, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Thirteenth Guest” (as Prisoner), “Follow the Fleet” (as Deck Officer), “Stage Door” (as Powell’s Aide), and “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle” (as Mechanic), died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 83.

1987: Harold Goodwin, who starred with Ginger in the films “Hat Check Girl” (as Walter Marsh), “Broadway Bad” (as Reporter), and “Romance in Manhattan” (as Doctor at Police Station),died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 84.

1988: Joshua Logan, who directed Ginger in the musical play “Miss Moffat”, died in New York City, at the age of 79.

July 13

1907: Greta Granstedt (born Greta Irene Granstedt), who starred with Ginger in the film “Hat Check Girl” (as Party Guest), was born in Scandia, Kansas.

1961: Alan Marshal, who starred with Ginger in the film “Tom, Dick and Harry” (as Dick), died in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 52.

2015: GetTV aired “Tight Spot”.

2018: The Film Society at Lincoln Center in NYC presented the films “Flying Down to Rio”, “The Gay Divorcee”, “Swing Time”, “Top Hat”, and “Follow the Fleet”, as part of their Fred and Ginger Film Series.

July 14

1892: Al Hill, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tenderfoot” (as Spud – a Thug), “Don’t Bet on Love” (as one of Shelton’s Hoods), “Stage Door” (as Taxi Driver), “Lucky Partners” (as Officer Bob Clark), and “Magnificent Doll” (as Man), was born in New York City.

1915: Toby Wing (born Martha Virginia Wing), who starred with Ginger in the film “42nd Street” (as Blonde in ‘young and Healthy’ Number), was born in Amelia Court House, Virginia.

1954: Al Hill, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tenderfoot” (as Spud – a Thug), “Don’t Bet on Love” (as one of Shelton’s Hoods), “Stage Door” (as Taxi Driver), “Lucky Partners” (as Officer Bob Clark), and “Magnificent Doll” (as Man), died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 62.

1970: Preston Foster, who starred with Ginger in the films “Follow The Leader” (as Two-Gun Terry) and “You Said a Mouthful” (as Ed Dover), died in La Jolla, California, at the age of 69.

2018: The Film Society at Lincoln Center in NYC presented the films “Swing Time”, “Shall We Dance”, “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle”, “Carefree”, and “The Barkleys of Broadway”, as part of their Fred and Ginger Film Series.

July 15

1885: Tom Kennedy, who starred with Ginger in the film “42nd Street” (as Slim Murphy), was born in New York City.

1892: Charles R. Rogers, who produced the Ginger films “The Tip-Off”, “Suicide Fleet”, “Carnival Boat”, and “Sitting Pretty”, was born in New York City.

1902: Bruce Manning, who, along with Jack Skirball, co-produced the Ginger film “Magnificent Doll”, was born in New York City.

1905: Dorothy Fields, lyricist for songs from the Ginger movies “Roberta”, “In Person”, and “Swing Time”, was born in Allenhurst, New Jersey.

1907: Craig Reynolds (born Harold Hugh Enfield), who starred with Ginger in the film “Don’t Bet on Love” (as Reporter), was born in Anaheim, California.

1956: John ‘Skins’ Miller, who starred with Ginger in the film “Don’t Bet on Love” (as R. M. Bigsby, Undertaker), died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 65.

1994: Vina Gale (born Hervina Gale), who starred with Ginger in the film “Flying Down to Rio” (as Dancer), died in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the age of 86.

1999: The American Film Institute (AFI) unveiled its list of top 50 film legends, 25 male, 25 female; Ginger placed as #14 female, just below Grace Kelly and just above Mae West (…and strangely enough, a ‘mix’ of those two would most likely result in a quite “Ginger-y” actress!)

2018: The Film Society at Lincoln Center in NYC presented the films “Roberta”, Shall We Dance”, and “Carefree”, as part of their Fred and Ginger Film Series.

July 16

HAPPY 107th BIRTHDAY, GINGER!!!!!

1821: Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science (which Ginger practiced), was born in Bow, New Hampshire.

1886: Isabel La Mal, who starred with Ginger in the film “The Thirteenth Guest” (as Marie’s Mother), was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1911: At 2:00 a.m., Lela Emogen McMath gave birth to Virginia Katherine McMath at their home at 100 West Moore Street, Independence, Missouri; VKM weighed 7.5 pounds. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GINGER!!!

1994: Independence, Missouri celebrated Ginger’s birthday as she made what would be her last visit to her hometown; her birth house was ‘dedicated’ officially.

2011: VKMfanHuey and his crew, as well as “Fred & Ginger Mad” (a.k.a. as ‘Kat and Baby’), were at 100 West Moore Street in Independence, MO. on the occasion of Ginger’s 100th Birthday!

2013: TCM aired “Lucky Partners”.

2013: FMC aired “Change of Heart”.

2014: TCM aired “The Tip-Off”, “You Said a Mouthful”, “Finishing School”, “The First Traveling Saleslady”.

July 17

1880: Wong Chung, who starred with Ginger in the film “Rafter Romance” (as Chinese Waiter), was born in San Francisco, California.

1905: William Gargan (born William Dennis Gargan), who starred with Ginger in the film “Follow The Leader” (as a Gangster), was born in Brooklyn, New York.

1967: Cyril Ring, who starred with Ginger in the films “A Shriek in the Night” (as Eddie, Morgue Attendant) and “Tales of Manhattan” (as Assistant Taylor (Boyer Sequence)), died in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 74.

1980: Don ‘Red’ Barry (born Donald Berry), who starred with Ginger in the film “Flying Down to Rio” (as Dancer), died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 68.

GingerTelevision...

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

July 22, 2018 @ 6:30 A.M. Fifth Avenue Girl
July 27, 2018 @ 9:30 A.M. Roberta

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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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Heading out to GingerFest '18!!!

...well, Hu and the Crew are shuffling off to Independence for the First Ginger Rogers Festival!!! Hope y'all can make it in some capacity, but if not, I will most likely be posting pics on the blog / FB as they occur...
...an update from Missouri Marge for those attending... a schedule change - the Truman Library schedule on Saturday now starts at 10 A.M. - and enter through the EAST door instead of the front door... hopefully some Gingery signage will be posted to aide in the correct route...  lunch is at 11:30 and the talks begin at 12:30...  Check out the official website for the info...

It's 9:30 P.M. and I am off to bed... a 12-hour mini-van drive from the Ham to KC awaits Hu in the EARLY A.M.!

Again, hope to see y'all there - Keep It Gingery!!!

Hu
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Monday, June 25, 2018

...New GingerFilm Release on Warner Archives...

...TENDER COMRADE!!!
...for the LIFE of me, I thought this one had already been released on DVD... I guess the 'copy' I have is pretty fair quality, as usually dingy / scratchy views are the issue with 'obtained copies'... but anyway, it's great to see another Warner Brothers Archive release for Ginger, who has QUITE a few at this point... there's still some head-scratching concerning some 'non-released' WB/RKO GingerFilms such as The Tip-Off, In Person, Twenty Million Sweethearts, and Professional Sweetheart, but the Studio DVD catalog is getting in great shape overall... great kudos to the WB Archive folks!

Here's the link to the spot on the WB Archive site: Tender Comrade on WBA DVD

This is when they were referring to Ginger as the 'Chin-Up Girl', which does not seem to have 'caught on'... not a bad description of her characters of the WWII era, but... she needed something a bit more 'awesome'... hey - maybe that would be a cool contest to figure out a 'moniker phrase' for Ginger!

Well, for those who have not seen this one, it's a pretty good one... Ginger (and Lela) were a bit concerned about the 'Comrade' aspect of things upon reading the initial script, and how the house she shares with a bunch of other ladies in wartime seems to lend itself to 'socialist' ideals... she actually had some stuff taken out of the script to 'lessen' this feel... anyway, Ginger is smashingly beautiful in this one, and the overall story has ups and downs, laughs and tears... hope you can snag a copy of this one!

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Well, in related GingerNews (what other type is there?), the Ginger Rogers Festival appears to be fully set in Independence... the addition of a few GingerFilms on Friday night is pretty awesome, but... alas, it appears I have prior plans that evening with my hosts... but no doubt I will be first in line on Saturday Morning to start the proceedings!
Hope all of you can make it... I will document the event as best as I can - at least now I have a 'smartphone camera' instead of the dinosaur camera I was trying to use at the GingerCentury event... so hopefully I can capture some great Gingery stuff!!!

With that...

KIG, y'all!!!

Hu
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Saturday, June 16, 2018

...T-minus one month and counting...

...before the FIRST annual Ginger Rogers Day Festival gets underway in Independence, Missouri!!!
...Ginger visited this house several times over the years, and it obviously meant quite a bit to her, as it was obviously her 'point of entry' into this life, but it also was a reminder of her humble beginnings, and how Lela worked tirelessly to provide for her... so cool that it is still here for us to tour... Of course, the BIG shout-out goes out to Marge and Gene Padgitt, who purchased, restored, and organized this event... they are obvious Gingerologists!!! Here's the link to the site...

Ginger Rogers Festival 2018 

...should be a total BLAST for all Gingerologists who can make it... ...of course, I think we would all LOVE to be able to make this an annual occurrence, so support is a BIG deal... If you can't make it, please think of donating to the house / museum HERE
...a 'post-Ginger, Pre-Missouri Marge' pic of the house, actually taken on Ginger's 100th Birthday (a.k.a. GingerTennial)...

Hope to see y'all there... of course! I'll be the big Huey-looking guy... đŸ˜‰

Until then... Keep It Gingery, Y'all!!!

Hu
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P.S. I'm going to be on vacation this upcoming week - down to New Orleans, site of Ginger's first mistak... er, wedding... and thus I will post the 'day in Gingerology' as a 'all at one time' deal... your patience is most appreciated... KIG!!!


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Day to all you Moms!!!

...We here at Gingerology are BIG on Moms, as Ginger was to her Lelee!!! So, here's some cool pics of Mother - Daughter - many are probably familiar, a few may not be...


...these are ROUGHLY in chronological order - although I will wager they are not EXACTLY in chronological order... but... anyway, some pretty awesome pics that are very timely for the day... of course, my ALL time fave Ginger/Lela pic is this one, which would make an AWESOME poster size:
Again, hope all y'all have a great day!!!

KIG, Ma!!!

Hu
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Monday, April 30, 2018

...IT'S FINALLY MAY FIRST!!!!

...that is all...

KIG!!!

Hu
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Awards...Thanks, Y'all!!!

...I TRULY appreciate these, and the kind words regarding this blog...thanks for all the inspiration I have drawn from each of your blog sites, which are all awesome in their unique ways!!!
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

Awarded by Gingerella on 11/18/09 AND by Sally on 01/31/10

Awarded by Gingerella on 11/18/09 AND by Sally on 01/31/10
Thanks, Gingerella and Sally!!!

Awarded by Amanda Cooper on 11/21/09

Awarded by Amanda Cooper on 11/21/09
Thanks, AC!!!

Awarded by Maggie on 02/10/10 AND by Kate Gabrielle on 02/11/10

Awarded by Maggie on 02/10/10 AND by Kate Gabrielle on 02/11/10
Thanks, Maggie and Kate Gabrielle!!!

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Awarded by Camille on 03/25/11 AND by Anna on 03/29/11
Thanks, Camille and Anna!!!

Hometowns to Hollywood Busby Berkeley Blogathon 2018

Hometowns to Hollywood Busby Berkeley Blogathon 2018
...including the Gingerology entry of 'Gold Diggers of 1933'...