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This Day in GINGEROLOGY - August 17th

1898: Dewey Robinson, who starred with Ginger in the films “Hat Check Girl” (as Tony Carlucci), “Tales of Manhattan” (as Charles Smith’s Bullying Boss), and “Storm Warning” (as Klansman), was born in New Haven, Connecticut.

1983: Ira Gershwin, who with brother George composed the score for the stage musical “Girl Crazy”, and also the film score for the Ginger and Fred film “Shall We Dance”, died in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 86.

1983: Ed Lowry, bandleader with whom Ginger worked in the mid-20’s in Saint Louis, died at the age of 85.

GingerTelevision...

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

September 12, 2017 @ 2:30 P.M. Upperworld
September 25, 2017 @ 3:00 A.M. Twist of Fate
October 12, 2017 @ 8:45 A.M. Week-End at the Waldorf

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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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

...Review of the 'Short Films' by Ginger...

...has it ALREADY been over a week since the last post? Yowzah, time is just chugging on down the line, y'all...

Well, I originally was going to start this GingerFilm review process with her first 'full length' film, "Young Man of Manhattan"... but, if this is truly a review of EVERYTHING Ginger ever committed to film, then we must start at the beginning (more often than not, a proper location for starting things...) ...AND, this will kind of give ME a 'starting point' for this whole series - a 'test run', if you will, to make sure all the bases will be covered for the 'full-length' film reviews...AND for YOU to give me some 'pointers' as to what else is needed.


The beginnings of Ginger's film career started in 1929, when she was recruited for several 'two-reeler' shorts, from various studios. The introduction of 'talkies' had proved to be very successful, and studios were churning out whatever they could get on film and to the theaters ASAP, to keep the ball rolling. A large portion of these 'shorts' consisted of vaudeville routines that were popular at the time; Ginger's contribution was no exception, as she was 'promoted' as a stage act, with potential to become a film star as well...

It is estimated Ginger appeared in ten to twelve 'shorts' between 1929 and 1931; the most well-known of these are the following:

Campus Sweethearts (1929 - Radio Pictures) - Also Starring: Rudy Vallee, Joe and Jane McKenna, Joey Ray, Leon Leonard, Anne Franklin and Joe Sawyer.


A Night in a Dormitory (1929 - Pathe)


A Day of a Man of Affairs (1929 - Columbia) - Also Starring: Maurice Holland and Mell Ray. BTW...Ginger is DEFINITELY putting the 'shorts' in THIS particular short, eh? Huey is quite interested in obtaining a copy of this one, as if you couldn't guess...


Office Blues (1930 - Paramount)

Of these, only "A Night in a Dormitory" and "Office Blues" are currently 'available'; BTW, if ANYONE has a copy of the other two, OR any other 'early' Ginger short, we can begin negotiations anytime... :-]

On to the reviews of these two 'available' shorts...

"A Night in a Dormitory"
(September 1929 - Pathe)
Run time - approx. 22 minutes

Produced and Directed by Harry Delmar.

Written by Benny Ryan. Also Starring: Morgan Morley, Ruth Hamilton, Thelma White, and Eddie Elkins and his Orchestra.

Ginger's Character - "Ginger Rogers"

Ginger 'Screen Time' - approx. 3 min, 45 sec.

Ginger Tunes - "Why Can't You Love That Way", "I Love a Man in a Uniform"

Favorite Ginger Line(s) / Moment(s) - She has no 'dialogue', just singing...quite cutely throughout.

Gingery Goodness Factor (1-10): (6.5) - Always love Ginger singing, but no dialogue limits the overall Ginger Experience in this one.

Review - A bunch of girls live in (you guessed it) a dormitory (Ginger ISN'T one of them...). The gist of the tale is when one of the chicks sneaks home late one night after a 'night on the town'...she speaks to a friend about the rotund gent she was escorted by, the comedy act she saw (a rather weird slapstick deal with bearded Russian dudes...), a pretty cool dance routine by Thelma White, and of course, the two very cute GingerTunes. In an unrelated story, two other dudes with dames are also at the 'club', and they have cooked up an 'eat-for-free' scheme where they get in a 'take it outside' brawl in order to skirt payment; a few dicey moments ensue, but it works out in the end.. Ultimately, this film is a vehicle for some performers to 'do their thing', and we are fortunate enough to see Ginger in action in her 'vaudeville mode'... a rare find 80 years hence...

GingerFilm Ranking - N/A

Available From - TCM, YouTube (copy/paste the link below).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C96KI1cq034&playnext=1&list=PLB1F436AC75D6F060

"Office Blues"
(November 1930 - Paramount)
Run time - approx. 9 minutes

Directed by Mort Blumenstock.

Written by Walton Butterfield.

Also Starring: Clayborne Bryson, and E.R. Rogers (no known relation)

Ginger's Character - "Miss Gray"

Ginger 'Screen Time' - approx. 9 minutes

Ginger Tunes - "We Can't Get Along", "Dear Sir"

Favorite Ginger Line(s) / Moment(s) - Well, she pretty much sings throughout this one, too... but it is kind of cute how she 'shuts down' the poor sap who tries to ask her out to lunch...the first glimpses of that SassyGinger we all love...

Gingery Goodness Factor (1-10): (7.5) - Pretty much all singing, but with a bit of dialogue... and 'wall-to-wall' Ginger camera time, this one rates a bit better than 'Dorm'.

Review - Well, not much in the way of a story... Miss Gray (Ginger) is a secretary (what administrative professionals used to be called back in the day...) for a Big Cheese, who happens to also appear to be all of 20 years old... She is sweet on this dude - he IS the Big Cheese, after all... so she sings a few tunes that will eventually woo him into her arms. There is another dude who is a co-worker of Miss Gray's, but she dispatches his ill-fated advances in short order. The 'big' number, "Dear Sir", morphs into a 'dream sequence', and Ginger is very cute in it...her singing here, as in most of her 'early years', is a bit 'youngish' sounding, but still just as neat as all-get-out, y'all...

GingerFilm Ranking - N/A

Available From - YouTube...Or, (hopefully) check it out below:

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Well, hope this kind of 'sets up' the template for all of the subsequent reviews I will be cranking out... again, will TRY to get all of them done before July 16th....but if it doesn't look too promising, will stretch it out - I want to make sure each film is given its proper due, y'all...

In the meantime - KIG!!!

VKMfanHuey
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7 comments:

  1. Very nice, Huey! It is perfectly ok if you can't keep up with your resolutions, though;). We understand. I have seen the part in Office Blues, that she appears in. I haven't seen Finishing School, yet.

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  2. Hi Huey - I thought you and your Gingerology fans might be interested to know that today's Hollywood Heyday post is a Ginger-exclusive article from the Oakland Tribune, May 4, 1932. I "borrowed" some pics from your blog - hope you don't mind. (I'll return them if you wish.)

    It can be viewed here:

    Hollywood Heyday

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  3. Nic post. I always loved the 1st picture you post. It's on my wall :D
    I saw office blues on youtube, and it's very fun to see a very young and brunette Ginger. She really cute, and reminds me of Helen Kane in it.

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  4. This is grand! I bookmark this article, it's so important.
    That short picture is great, "Busy Taking Dictation", hahaha!

    Once I found this one on YouTube:
    http://Ginger-1929

    Didn't Ginger actually sing "Give Me a Heart to Sing to", when she was quite young? This time I'm not absolutely sure of it, but it seemed to me, when I heard Bing Crosby sing that yesterday.

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  5. It shouldn't surprise me Ginger made some short films before the more noted part of her movie career began, but I must admit I wasn't aware of it. Hope more of these can be found.

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  6. I've got the poll going, now for, " Most Beloved Ginger Film". We're starting off in 1935...Roberta, Star of Midnight, Top Hat and In Person. ;)

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  7. PG: Thanks for the support! I will most likely do the 'movie review' thing all year, cause if I can get two a week done, that would be pushing it... but it IS a 'year-long' celebration, right?

    GAH: Thanks for the link - awesome article over there! Those 'original interviews' are priceless...SO cool to read about what was going on in GingerWorld in her 'heyday'! And take all the pics you need... most of them really aren't mine, anyway!! :-]

    Camille: - I really like that first pic, too! It really captures her early years, and how striking she was even then! Glad you have seen some of these early ones...hopefully more will spring up soon!

    CS: Neat footage of queen High... I 'obtained' that one a bit back, and I forgot how much she sung and danced in it... looking forward to reviewing it just after Young Man of Manhattan. I need to do a better job of rounding up all of the tunes she sang... part of the 'under construction' part of G-ology, I suppose!

    VP: Glad you could check these out - the other 'main ones' are rumored to be out there SOMEWHERE... one is on 'original' film - hopefully someone has transferred by now, but haven't heard. It would be AWESOME if TCM popped a few surprises on us G-ologists by unearthing 'Hat Check Girl", as well as a few more of the 'GingerShorts'.

    Thanks again, y'all... hope to get to the 'main' reviews tomorrow... well, later today - quarter to 2 AM here... am I still awake? I better go check :-P nighty-night, y'all... VKMfanHuey

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