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This Day in GINGEROLOGY - April 23rd

1928: Shirley Temple, who starred with Ginger in the films “Change of Heart” (as Shirley) and “I’ll Be Seeing You” (as Barbara Marshall), was born in Santa Monica, California.

1957: William Orlamond (born William Anderson Orlamond), who starred with Ginger in the film “Rafter Romance” (as Gus the Grocer), died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 89.

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

April 26, 2017 @ 9:30 A.M. 42nd Street
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':

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ginger Rogers Film Review #5: Honor Among Lovers

"Honor Among Lovers"
(March 21, 1931 - Paramount)



Run Time (approximate): 75 minutes.

Directed by: Dorothy Arzner.

Screenplay by: Austin Parker and Gertrude Purcell.

Based on a story by: Austin Parker.

Also Starring: Claudette Colbert (as Julia Traynor), Fredric March (as Jerry Stafford), Monroe Owsley (as Philip Craig), Charles Ruggles (as Monty Dunn), Avonne Taylor (as Maybelle Worthington), Pat O'Brien (as Conroy), Janet McLeary (as Margaret Newton), John Kearney (as Inspector), Ralph Morgan (as Riggs), Jules Epailly (as Louis (headwaiter)), Leonard Carey (as Forbes (butler)), Grace Kern (as a party guest), Winifred Harris (as a party guest), Roberta Beatty (as Mrs. Fleming, a party guest), Charles Halton (as Wilkes), Granville Bates (as Clark), Si Wills (as a club waiter), Betty Morrissey (as a party guest), Nathan Rozofsky (as Dr. Nathan Rozofsky), Robert Barrat (as a detective (uncredited)), Elisha Cook Jr. (as an office boy(uncredited)), Charles Trowbridge (as Cunningham (Craig's Attorney)(uncredited)).

Ginger's Character: "Doris Brown"

Ginger 'Screen Time': approx. 3 min, 50 sec. (5.1% of the film)

Ginger Tunes: None

Gingery Goodness Factor (1-10): (1.0) - Ginger used to say, "There are no small roles, only small actors". Well, the role of Doris Brown stretches that axiom to its limit, as Ginger is given 4 or 5 lines for the whole movie... and the character is about as 'airheaded' as you can get, with NO real depth or sassiness whatsoever. In essence, Ginger's role here is for 'brief comic relief', but that occurs in just a few short scenes. This role is honestly Ginger's 'least', thus will most likely hold down the lowest GGF ranking for the duration of these reviews - well, I suppose 'zero' would be the LOWEST, but I give it a one just for the simple act of casting Ginger in ANY capacity.

GingerFilm Ranking: #5 of (5) Reviewed

Film Quality (1-10): (7.5) - Pretty fuzzy, but fair audio, and not many noticeable 'skips'.

Available From: eBay (maybe)

Huey's Review for Gingerology: Ginger's fifth film is, as mentioned, has Ginger in a VERY limited capacity. The movie itself is not bad, as it is the old 'love triangle' theme, as two dudes vie for the affection of lovely Miss Julie Traynor (Claudette Colbert). In one corner is Julie's boss, Jerry Stafford (Fredric March), and in the other corner is Philip Craig (Monroe Owsley), who has been Julie's 'steady' for some time.
Jerry takes Julie's title 'personal secretary' quite literally, as he is all up in her business constantly; Julie just dismisses it as part of the 'work experience'. Meanwhile, Philip has finally gotten up enough moxie to ask for Julie's hand in marriage, which she accepts. Of course, upon hearing of this, Jerry congratulates her, then promptly fires her.
But in a weird connection, Jerry entrusts gobs of his money to Philip to invest...and it pays off well, for awhile. Of course, the bottom falls out (as most stock-trading stuff seems to do in early 30's cinema, natch) and Philip is freaking out since he lost all of Jerry's clams in a bad deal.
Julie goes to Jerry to plea bargain, as only she could... but Jerry somehow keeps things 'above board' since she is now a married woman... from there, Philip just freaks out further, gunfire occurs, stories are corroborated, and all the usual suspects are rounded up... and the ending is for you to discover.
Overall, a pretty fair movie, but Ginger is just not well utilized at all... even in her 'comedy relief' role as Doris 'what's-her-name' - the 'fiancee' of Jerry's employee/broker/yes-man Monty Dunn (Charlie Ruggles), there should have been a bit more 'dialogue' or whatever... but the film itself was definitely a 'melodrama', so her scenes were few and far between. Again, I really dig Claudette, so it's definitely a good watch... but Ginger moves on to MUCH greener pastures after this role, y'all...
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Favorite Ginger Line(s) / Moment(s): Of the four or five lines Ginger is allowed to utter in this film, the 'cutest' is when someone asks her what her last name is, and she goes into a detailed background of her family tree and the variations of surnames, before Monty cuts her off and succinctly announces,"Her last name is Brown."

...Ginger's first (and to my knowledge, ONLY) 'silent' scene... no dialogue at ALL in her first appearance...a foreshadowing of the remainder of her role in the film, unfortunately...

"...hmmm...wonder if those guys from RKO-Pathe will be calling again soon..."

"...I hope Lelee will be willing to move to Cali..."

"...I think she'll be OK with it...as long as they don't make me bleach my hair or anything..."

...And another smooch on the snoot for Ginger...was there some kind of law back then that you couldn't kiss a female on the lips until she reached 21? Hays wasn't afoot then, so, maybe a mandate from Lelee? No matter, as it's pretty cute anyway...

As usual, here are a few 'promo' pics gleaned from various books...a big 'source' for me is 'The Films of Ginger Rogers' by Homer Dickens...it's an awesome book, a MUST for any Gingerologist... again, they are on the 'grainy' side, but hopefully are 'clear' enough to be discernible - DEFINITELY better than some screen shots...

...as a 'side note', doesn't Charles Ruggles remind you just a bit of William Powell?

Other Reviews: "Claudette Colbert and Fredric March in the leading roles have been provided with ideal roles and give finished performances. Other outstanding players are Charles Ruggles and Ginger Rogers." -Motion Picture Herald.

"Mr. March makes his part as believable as it is humanly possible. Mr. Ruggles furnished some good comedy when he had the opportunity. Mr. Owsley does good work and Miss Colbert is excellent." -The New York Times

From Ginger: My Story: "The fifth film I did for Paramount was Honor Among Lovers with Claudette Colbert and Fredric March. Charlie Ruggles and I were the comic relief in the story of a business executive and his secretary. This time, the director was the talented Dorothy Arzner, one of the few female directors in the movies at that time."

Miscellaneous Stuff:
--- The movie was shot in French and Spanish versions.
--- Fredric March was reported to be very taken with Claudette Colbert, to the point of being a 'burden' for Colbert when working with him.
--- Working titles for the film included 'Strictly Business', 'Sex in Business', and 'Another Man's Wife'.

GingerFilm 'rankings' through FIVE reviews:
#1: Queen High;
#2: Young Man of Manhattan;
#3: The Sap from Syracuse;
#4: Follow The Leader;
#5: Honor Among Lovers.

Up Next: "The Tip-Off" - Ginger's first movie with RKO (well, at that point it is RKO-Pathe) is, as I remember, a GOOD bit more Gingery, so looking forward to it... it's her transition from Broadway to Hollywood, which seemed to work out quite well... the film is a typical 'light gangster' movie from the late 20's - early 30's... and is ultimately more of a comedy. Eddie Quillian and Robert Armstrong co-star.

Until then...

KIG, y'all!!!
VKMfanHuey
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4 comments:

  1. I would buy a film like this, if re-released in decent quality. I accept films with Claude Colbert anyway, and as Ginger is in there, her few lines would be an even greater pleasure.

    Who else would review a film like this, if you didn't? So it's really grand what you're doing here. Later you can even label all your reviews, so people can find them all. For example like this: 1929-1932; 1933-1935; 1936-1938 &ct. ...

    I never saw this film, but that family tree scene seems to be very funny. So if Ginger shone in just this scene, it may have helped her to go ahead to fame......

    Thanks Huey, we all can use these informations later!

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  2. Did Ginger appear in the French or Spanish versions, or did another actress take her role? (I have no idea whether she knew either language, although the dialogue could have been supplied to her phonetically, as Hal Roach did for a few Laurel & Hardy films made in foreign-language versions.) Colbert certainly was cast in the French version, as she was fluent in the language. (Interesting comments about her and March, BTW; of course, they would reunite the following year for "The Sign Of The Cross.")

    Not long after "Honor Among Lovers" was released, the practice of filming versions in other languages faded out, as dubbing took the place.

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  3. I like your review, Huey! Thanks for adding the "up next" section--not quite so much anticipation involved as before!

    This is long over-due, but (I don't know if I have said this before) I love your header photo. It's such a nice blast of color. It goes wonderfully with the lime green (that's my second fav. color...second only to pink!).
    Did you say Maria did that for you?

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  4. CS: It is a pretty good movie overall...the plot is not too different from a couple other movies Ginger was in not long after this one, 'Broadway Bad' (w/Joan Blondell) and 'Upper World'... different 'players', but generally the same 'love triangle turned tragic' scenario. I LUV Claudette, so that is a big plus here. Ginger is cute, but has to be UBER ditzy here, which is just not TRUE Ginger.
    Glad that folks are liking these reviews! Heck, just learning details about each movie is making me a better 'Gingerologist', but hopefully in the process folks are enjoying these, too!

    VP: I am not sure how they did the 'alternate languages' for it... I guess the actors had to shoot it all the other languages... I've really never thought of that prior to the 'dub' and 'sub' methods. Ginger knew a bit of French, in later years for sure (she married that French Gooberhead #4 hubby of hers, ya know) - and I've seen a few interviews where she is speaking French, although not 'fluently' (but dang sure better than I ever could, y'all!) - anyway, with the few lines she had in this one, it should not have been a problem. As for Fredrick and Cludette, his 'intensity' was also evident on the set of 'Sign of the Cross' - well, according to wherever I read it from... honestly, I need to remember my sources... must have been 'wiki'.

    PG: Hopefully the 'next review' feature will keep the reviews flowing and connected... for the next movie 'The Tip-Off' - I've already watched about the first 10 minutes of it, and it's already most likely #1 with a bullet over the Paramount films... something about RKO flicks that are just COOL to me... guess the 'GingerFactor' has something to do with it, ya think? ;-]
    As for the header pic - yup, that is a colorized one from Maria - honestly not sure how to get in touch with her - I think CS has corresponded with her some way, and I also think she has a 'YouTube' site or whatever... but she is just incredible at that stuff! She was taking 'requests' for pics to colorize, and I 'submitted' that one, cause I thought the gold lame would be cool against my green settings... and I am proud to say my theory was dead-on! She was gracious enough to let me use it... notice the bottom left has her sig on it... cool, cool stuff.

    KIG, Y'all!
    VKMfanHuey
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