This Day in GINGEROLOGY - March 25th
1875: Spencer Charters, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tenderfoot” (as Oscar), “Romance in Manhattan” (as Marriage License Clerk). “Star of Midnight” (as Hotel Doorman), “In Person” (as Parson Calverton Lunk), “Vivacious Lady” (as Man Shaving on Train), and “Kitty Foyle” (as Father – scenes deleted), was born in Duncannon, Pennsylvania.
1880: Allan Cavan, who starred with Ginger in the film “The Thirteenth Guest” (as Uncle Wayne Seymour), was born in Concord, California.
1896: Ray Enright (born Raymond E. Enright), who directed the Ginger films “The Tenderfoot” and “Twenty Million Sweethearts”, was born in Anderson, Indiana.
1969: Alan Mowbray, who starred with Ginger in the film “In Person” (as actor Jay Holmes), died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 72.
2010: Ginger is Star of the Month on TCM, which aired “Having Wonderful Time”, “Fifth Avenue Girl”, “In Person”, “Twenty Million Sweethearts”, “Upper World”, “Romance In Manhattan”, “Star Of Midnight”, and “Perfect Strangers”.2015: MoMA screened “A Night in a Dormitory (short)” and “The First Traveling Saleslady” as part of its series “Acteurism: Ginger Rogers”.
...REMEMBER - The LAST segment of the Palm Springs Antiques Roadshow will be shown Monday, March 27th - It MUST be the one with Roberta Olden getting a piece of Ginger's furniture appraised... so check it OUT!!! (It's a cool show anyway, so...WATCH!) ... On PBS... see local listings for times... AND, I have noticed that the shows may be 'streamed' from the PBS website at any time after they are aired, so... COOL!
Next GingerFilm(s) (on TCM - all times Eastern):
April 4-5, 2017 @ 12:00 A.M. Fifth Avenue Girl
April 8, 2017 @ 10:45 P.M. Black Widow
April 10, 2017 @ 8:00 P.M. - Tales of Manhattan
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':
None Currently Scheduled...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Lela McMath with young Virginia...how awesome is this pic?
...so, I was just wondering, what ELSE happened in nineteen-hundred and eleven? Well, I have rounded up a few facts of that year that is dear to all Gingerologists...here's what I got:
Also born in MCMXI (there are plenty of other ones, but these are the ones I know, for better or worse):
- Butterfly McQueen (Scarlett's 'Prissy' maid in GWTW) (1/7)
- Ronald Reagan (40th President of the U.S. - and co-starred w/ Ginger in "Storm Warning") (2/6)
- Jean Harlow (awesome actress who left us too soon) (3/3)
- L. Ron Hubbard (founder of Scientology) (3/13)
- Josef Mengele (Nazi war criminal)(3/16)
- Joseph Barbera (of Hanna-Barbera cartoon fame) (3/24)
- Jack Ruby (killed Lee Harvey Oswald) (3/25)
- Tennessee Williams (playwright - Streetcar named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) (3/26)
- Robert Johnson (blues performer - 'Crossroads' fame) (5/8)
- Phil Silvers (actor - with Ginger in "Tom, Dick and Harry" and "Roxie Hart") (5/11)
- Maureen O'Sullivan (Irish actress perhaps best known as Tarzan's Jane) (5/17)
- 'Big Joe' Turner ('the Boss of the Blues') (5/18)
- Barbara West (second to last living survivor of the Titanic (died in 2007)) (5/24)
- Hubert Humphrey (Lyndon Johnson's Vice President and Senator) (5/27)
- Vincent Price (king of horror movies in the 50's and 60's) (5/27)
- 'Babe' Didrikson Zaharis - (U.S. athlete - she won two golds and one silver in track on the 1932 Olympics) (6/26)
- Mitch Miller (musician, bandleader, record producer) (7/4)
- LaVerne Andrews (one of the Andrews Sisters) (7/6)
- Hume Cronyn (actor - married to Jessica Tandy) (7/18)
- Lucille Ball (actress who practically invented the 'sitcom' - and starred w/Ginger in "Follow the Fleet", "Stage Door", and "Having Wonderful Time") (8/6)
- Ruth Hussey (actress - starred w/Ginger in "Tender Comrade") (10/30)
- Roy Rogers (American humorist, singer and actor) (11/5)
And now, as for the 'Big stories' from 1911:
- Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- Machu Picchu (ancient Incan city in the Peruvian mountains) is 're-discovered'.
- The Mexican Revolution was cooking...
- International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time.
- The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in NYC occurred - 146 killed, with MAJOR violations of safety codes.
- The 'Mona Lisa' was stolen from the Louvre (I guess they got it back, eh?)
- Explorer Roald Amundsen reaches the South Pole - first one to do so.
- The first Indianapolis 500 was held, with Ray Harroun winning with an average speed of 74.59 MPH.
- The CTR (Computing-Tabulating-Recording) company was founded; in 1924 it would be renamed IBM.
- Niagara Falls freezes over.
- Italy declares war on the Ottoman Empire (Turkey).
- First public elevator goes into service in London.
- William Howard Taft was the U.S. president (the 27th).
- U.S. sales of gasoline surpassed kerosene for the first time.
- The Chevrolet Motor Car Company was incorporated.
- Standard Oil Company and American Tobacco Company are each found to be in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
- U.S. Population hits 94 million.
- The City of Las Vegas, Nevada is incorporated.
Tunes of 1911:
- "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (Irving Berlin's first major hit)
- "I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl who Married Dear Old Dad)" by Dillon/Von Tilzer
- "On Moonlight Bay" by Madden/Wenrich
- "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" by Brown/Ayer
- "Roamin' in the Gloamin'" by Lauder
- "The Oceana Roll" by Lewis/Denni (mentioned because I have the sheet music to it...hopefully worth a bit...)
- "Any Little Girl, That's a Nice Little Girl, is the Right Little Girl for Me" performed by Billy Murray
- Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon Man" performed by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth
Well, there's probably lots more stuff that went on this time a century ago, but as long as ya save that one date, that's probably all ya need to worry about, right? :-]
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