This Day in GINGEROLOGY - November 25th

1877: John Larkin (born John Larkin Smith), who starred with Ginger in the film “The Tenderfoot” (as Depot Porter), was born in Wilmington, North Carolina.

1899: Ethan Laidlaw, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tip-Off” (as a Henchman), “Magnificent Doll” (as Sanders), and “The first Travelling Saleslady” (as Juror), was born in Butte, Montana.

1913: Dorothy Coonan Wellman, who starred with Ginger in the films “42nd Street” (as Chorus Girl) and “Gold Diggers of 1933” (as Gold Digger), was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1964: Clarence Kolb, who starred with Ginger in the film “Carefree” (as Judge Joe Travers), died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 90.

2006: Helen Brown Nichols, who would later become known as actress Phyllis Fraser, first cousin of Ginger, died in New York City, at the age of 90.

2010: TCM aired “Top Hat”.

2011: TCM aired “Shall We Dance”.

2012: TCM aired “Top Hat”.

2014: TCM aired “That’s Entertainment! III”.


Next GingerFilm(s) (on TCM - all times Eastern):
December 14, 2015 @ 2:45 A.M. Tender Comrade (102 min)
December 18, 2015 @ 2:00 P.M. Swing Time (103 min)
December 18, 2015 @ 8:00 P.M. I'll Be Seeing You ( 85 min)

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':
December 1, 2015 @ 3:15 A.M. Tales of Manhattan (127 min)

Next GingerFilm(s) (on GetTV - all times Eastern):
November 26, 2015 @9:05 P.M. Tight Spot (140 min with commercials)


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

...Milk Bottles Available Again!

...from the TCM store, these bottles are again available, at quite a reduced cost! Here's the link to the spot on the TCM site:

TCM site - Ginger Rogers Milk Bottles 

I am pretty sure most of y'all have already purchased one or more of these from the initial offering (I'm with you in that group), so, if you know someone else who would like one or more, or if YOU would just want a couple more, this is a nice opportunity.
If you read the comments for this item on the site, there are a few 'contrary' comments regarding the item, which, of course, ruffles the feathers of your author. Well, here is the response from THE authority on all things Ginger, none other than Ms. Roberta Olden (hopefully she doesn't mind me copying over this from the Ginger Message Board on IMDb site (which is pretty cool, BTW - go over there and participate!)):

Hi everybody .... I see TCM has reduced the price of the Ginger Rogers Ranch Quart Milk Bottles ... a really good price!And I see that if you order over $49, there is free shipping...
Pick some up for holiday gifts!

Contrary to what some purchasers have stated, the milk bottles are the real thing, manufactured in 1942 and from Miss Rogers 4R ranch dairy ... The signature on the COA is genuine and from the trustee of the estate (I didn't have the heart to ask him to personally sign over 500 milk bottle COA's so he gave me permission to reproduce his signature on the COA).

I certainly enjoy reading all the wonderful comments from fans on here ... you love her almost as much as I do :)

...good enough for ME!

Hope this helps y'all out if you are thinking of purchasing one or more of these... it really is a cool piece of Gingerbilia to own... hope everyone out there gets one!

Y'all have a great 'Turkey Day Prep' week... it's almost that time!!!



Thursday, November 5, 2015

...random GingerMoment of the day...

...occurred whilst helping out my daughter with her chemistry homework (which seems a bit advanced for 8th Grade, but maybe not... I know I didn't have this stuff when I was her age...) ...anyway, I drug out my old college chemistry book, just flipping through the 700+ pages, and just happen to land on this one:
...check out the 'Figure Description' to the left of the picture... how RANDOM is THAT? I mean, how many textbook pics actually call out where the pic was TAKEN?  ...although, it is pretty sad the description talks of the demise of the plant due to acid rain... ...also, this was stumbledupon while watching Missouri play Mississippi State in football... if anything, it reminds me to get some Ginger stuff rolling this weekend, which should be a doable proposition, as it is to be quite soggy in South Gingerville this weekend... so... stay tuned!
...BTW, THIS pic is MUCH better representative of our Independence Rose, don'tchathink?

in the interim...

KIG, Y'all!!!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

...hello, my name is...


I have a blog called Gingerology.

It's about all things...


Ginger Rogers, that is.

Maybe I should post on this blog once in a blue moon (I think we actually HAD one of those since the last post...)


It's been hectic, busy, yada yada yada...  Ginger had a pretty hectic schedule back in the day as well.

...speaking of which...

...this picture...

...cannot be adequately described in mere words... Thanks to whomever posted this one on FB...

...This visual perfection serves to remind me WHY this blog exists... in a VERY optimum manner...


Back at it. I will... um...

...on second thought, let's not go the route of "I will..." or "I'm gonna...", as those declarations always seem to meet a untimely fate...

Let's just leave it at... I'm here... and gonna be keepin' it GINGERY at every opportunity... hope y'all are doing the same!

KIG - and I WILL... ...well, you know...


Thursday, August 20, 2015

...Odds and Ends...

...well, first off, HI!  Sorry I've been out of pocket here for the last few weeks... the kids are back in school, so... they are the priority now, of course... but things appear to be 'setting in' with them, so... I look to get back to 'normal Gingery programming' now!
...speaking of which, some Gingery Thoughts and Occurrences to follow...

...looks like Kat has a new class to take over in the Mother Country... HERE is a link to what is to be 'A London Celebration' course of study for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers!
I'm pretty sure Kat or someone else over on FB has rung this up, but The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has acquired  what is described as "The Spectacular Dress worn by Ginger Rogers in the 1944 film Lady in the Dark" - which could ONLY be the 'Jenny Dress'...  as well as one of Fred's original 'formal tail-suits'... the 'class' is also in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the release of the RKO film 'Top Hat'.
Overall, sounds like a great event for Gingerologists...so those near London Town please check it out... and REPORT back to us!!!


...Gingerologists in proximity of the Empire State can catch a new production of Lynette Barkley and Christopher McGovern's musical Backwards in High Heels, which will run from August 13 to September 20 at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, New York.
It has overall garnered good reviews, although I'm sure any of us would go over it with a fine-tooth comb and sort out the inaccuracies... hey, it's what we G-ologists DO, right? There are lots of classic tunes to be heard, including 'Fascinatin' Rhythm' (not sure where Ginger connects with that tune...), 'Let's Call The Whole Thing Off', 'Embraceable You', 'Let's Face the Music and Dance', 'A Fine Romance', among others.
...this pic is from a previous run of the show, and is probably not the same actor/actress that will be on stage in N.Y. - It kinda looks like she has a Kitty Foyle dress on... see, there I go with the 'inaccuracies'... oh, well - hopefully some of y'all can catch the show and, again, report your findings to us!


...for those susceptible to imbibing, HERE is the 'recipe' for the 'Ginger Rogers' cocktail, brought to you from...none other than DisneyParks! They've come quite a way from the juice and cookies set, for better or worse...
 ...it's pretty ironic that there is a cocktail named for our girl, even though she was a teetotaler...  I just dig the pic above to see 'Ginger Rogers' written in 'Disney font' - well, a somewhat reasonable facsimile thereof, at least - which reminds me I need to get rolling on the Ginger - Disney connection post... anyway, while we're all getting tipsy, here's another drink that provided a 'Gingery Moment' for me a few months back, courtesy of a local eatery's menu:
...'Gingerita' indeed!  Is this an homage to the fact that Ginger and Rita were distant cousins? Only in my head, y'all...  AND, check out the one directly above it...'Southern Gent'...well, shucks, y'all... This Southern Gent will always be paired with Gingerita, no doubt about THAT...


 ...HERE's a neat deal... which makes me wonder... how many Rogers ARE in Missouri, and are related to 'Daddy John', thus Ginger? 
 ...of course, Mr. Dustin here is the Rogers, which makes you wonder...was he just LOOKING for a girl named Ginger to yield...Ginger Rogers as a wife?  "Hey, y'all... I'M married to Ginger Rogers..." ...yeah, that makes PERFECT sense to me! ...and, hope these folks don't mind that I placed them on here... but hey, if your name is 'Ginger Rogers', you may very well get play on Gingerology... and in this case, I dang near just wanna go on this registry site and pop on getting something for them... y'all might want to as well... it would be a neat way to display your Gingerology Badge, and do something cool in the process...   


......THIS... no, wait a minute... THIS is a very cool post or whatever, which includes an original newspaper ad for all ten of Ginger and Fred's films! Oh yes, I am 'borrowing' each of them for my GingerCache... Thanks, Immortal Ephemera, whoever the heck you are!!! ...and, BTW, the Scratch-and-Sniff Quack Attack tickets are interesting, at minimum...


...and yet ANOTHER GingerFilmFest... well, a weekly viewing of a different GingerFilm, at the Jackson County, Oregon, Library... it's in Talent, Oregon (apropos, as Ginger had an infinite supply of it), which is just south of Medford.   The schedule: 9/2 - Swing Time; 9/9 - Stage Door; 9/16 - Bachelor Mother; 9/23 - The Major and The Minor; and 9/30 - Storm Warning. Hope some of the good folks in the Pacific Northwest can make it to some of these...


...well, that's all I got for now... I DO believe... ...but if not, I'll get back with y'all... PROMISE!

Until that time...



Sunday, August 2, 2015

Gingerfilms...on Freddie's Day on TCM...

Well, TCM is dedicating this Wednesday - August 5, to Ginger's favorite dance partner, Fred Astaire!

...and with that, of course many Ginger and Fred films are being aired that day - in fact ALL of them, except for The Barkleys of Broadway... and not in 'chronological order'.

...so, it may be a good day to crank the DVR up and let it do it's thang all day...  just see the schedule in the 'Ginger on TV' section above...

In addition to Ginger and Fred films, TCM is also airing quite a few of Fred's best 'non-Ginger' films as well, just after 'Shall We Dance' wraps up... "You Were Never Lovelier", with Ginger's VERY lovely distant cousin, Rita Hayworth... "The Band Wagon", with dynamo Cyd Charisse... "silk Stockings", again with Miss CC... and "Royal Wedding" with Jane Powell.

Hope all is well with everyone... I've been a bit busy catching up from work this week, since the vacation the week before... but it's getting 'stabilized' now... kids start back to school in a few weeks... ALWAYS something cooking around here, but... still wanting to pick up the GingerActivity here... as noted in the 'banner message' above, I didn't get to get to Ginger's birth house in Independence... the closest I can say is we stopped at a McDonald's in Independence on the way out for breakfast...
...um, I don't think the one we stopped at was the same one Ginger's at in the pic above... ANYway, KC is a cool area in general, and lots of cool stuff to do there... highly recommend it!

Until then,
KIG, y'all!!!

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