This Day in GINGEROLOGY - May 23rd

1882: James Gleason, who starred with Ginger in the films “Suicide Fleet” (as Skeets), “Change of Heart” (as ‘Hot Dog Vendor’), “Tales of Manhattan” (as Joe), ”We’re Not Married!” (as Duffy), and “Forever Female” (as Eddie Woods), was born in New York City.

1898: Frank McHugh, who starred with Ginger in the film “Professional Sweetheart” (as Speed Dennis), was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania.

1910: Adrienne Dore, who starred with Ginger in the film “The Thirteenth Guest” (as Winston’s Date), was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

1962: Churchill Ross (born Ross Weigle), who starred with Ginger in the film “Gold Diggers of 1933” (as Small Blond Man), died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 61.

2012: TCM aired “Primrose Path”.

2016: FXM RETRO aired “Tales of Manhattan”.


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

May 30, 2019 @ 11:30 A.M. - Monkey Business
June 15, 2019 @ 1:00 A.M. - Stage Door
June 30, 2019 @ 4:30 P.M. - Monkey Business


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Some of my fave GingerPics...

Well, dang - ANY GingerPic is awesome, right? But these are some that I REALLY love, to the point of wanting to find the 'original' or at least a 'professional copy' of, and 'blow up' to poster size for display purposes... note that most of these are 'solo Ginger', and are 'body shots', not 'face shots', as the intent here is to discuss pics that would make great POSTERS... so, while there are reams of GingerPics that would be 'poster-worthy', these have just a bit 'extra'...

This one is just cool to me...SO cool, in fact, that I actually HAVE a 'blown up' poster size of this one, hanging nearby as we speak (the only GingerPic I currently have on display - hoping to add to that ASAP...). It's neat how you can draw your own conclusions as to what is taking place here...is she forlorn simply because her brushes have spilled out, or is there something more 'big picture' afoot? Someone has made a 'colorized' version of this one, which looks good, but the B/W is just superior here, since a 'color palette' ultimately distracts a bit from the overall scene... plus, Ginger's hair is so hot here, how it cascades over the back of her bare shoulder...yow! AND, my daughter digs her shoes here...so there ya go.

...this one is from 'Roberta', I believe...although it is NOT the 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes' dress, which has a little silver brooch thingie at the... er...well, 'cleavage area'... but WHEREVER this one sources, it's smoking, no doubt! Ginger's pose here is just killer...it says so many different things simultaneously, ya know? The roses also contribute to this one's uniqueness...wonder if these are 'Ginger Rogers' roses? Probably not...not nearly large enough, and...well, they hadn't been 'invented' yet...

Of course, little explanation is needed as to the Ginger aspect of this one (dang, those LEGS!! :-p ), but the overall picture is really cool! It seems like I remember reading about how they made all the images going on here...it's a big prop fan, of course, with firecrackers going off around it, and 'prolonged exposure' (of the film, not of Ginger) created the streaks around her... talk about a POSTER op!!! This puppy would ROCK, y'all!!! Although, Ginger notes she was not too big on having to do the 'cheesecake' type pics...she was such a good girl, y'all!

I have seen this one a time or two, but just 'lifted' it from a fellow blogger, Vivian over at viviantalksgingerrogers.blogspot (which, BTW, has a GREAT bio of Ginger, with loads of cool pics). The more I looked at it, the more intriguing it became... of course, we all know Ginger was pretty well versed in critter control, but to sashay down the street (well, most likely a studio backlot) with a lion, or tiger (not exteremely sure which, but it's not your suburban feline, for sure) on a leash is quite brassy...and dang it, she looks to be in CHARGE of this varmint!  No tentativeness whatsoever...and of course, she is cute as all get-out, too... yeah, this one would work as a wall hanging, for sure!

This one was Huey's background screen for quite awhile...it captures the tenacity of Ginger quite convincingly... pity the poor soul she is fixing to wax on the court. Of all the things I wish I could jump back to the late 30's and do, playing tennis with Ginger would be HIGH on the list (dancing would be #1, but of course, I would have to learn how TO dance...and be at least equal to Astaire, right? ...as I said, it's a wish...) not that I am a very good tennis player, either, but I would have fun as she whupped up on me... This pic also has a good shot of her Gilcrest abode in the background, which adds to the awesomeness...

I believe Ms. O.G.R.E. informed me that this one was up for auction on eBay a good while back, and I jumped over there and threw a few $$$ at it, to no avail, alas... Ginger and Lela have a lot of great photos together, but this one is the apex for Gingerologists, as it tells SO much about Ginger in a VERY effective manner... First, of course is that her best friend is her mom; Second, she loves ice cream; Third, she is an Academy Award winner; fourth, she is INCREDIBLE!!! This one MAY have been 'staged' a bit, but probably not... I'm certain they went to get ice cream after the ceremony...that's how Ginger rolled, right? :-]  If there was EVER a pic I would like to have on display, this one would be it...period. Whoever bought this one - feel free to contact me for any reasonable offer...

This one has always been a fave of mine, because it simply shows Ginger's sweet, charming and elegant side in such a beautiful way... not sure which movie this one is from - Top Hat, perhaps? - but it would be a great wall poster as well... she could wear some clothes, y'all...

Well, hope everyone dug that, and it 'prodded' you into digging into YOUR Ginger stash of pics...or, heck, whoever ELSE you may be stashing pictures of... and re-visiting them with new vigor!
OK, on to 42nd Street... should have that up and running mid-week... I have 'solved' the 'post editor' dilemma - ya gotta open the blog with FireFox... the editor does have some cool features, the best of which (and one of the 'ulterior motives' for this post) is that you can add multiple pics at once without going back and forth...
SO, we shall see how the review format will work - I will try to 'format' the sections of the review like I was doing before... stay tuned.

Until then, tho...

KIG, Y'all!!!


  1. Love the pic of Ginger with the wildcat (for lack of a better description). Was that photo taken on the RKO lot? That building in the background bears quite a resemblance to RKO headquarters.

    Oh, and somewhere in Hollywood heaven, Ginger, Carole Lombard and Katharine Hepburn, among others, are playing tennis to their hearts' content.

  2. I'm always finding new Ginger pics...I'm tryin' to put ones up on my blog, Fluffy Stuffin', that I have not seen, or seen infrequently...

  3. VP: Not sure where, but she seems pretty much at 'home', so I would wager it is on the RKO lot... is this a possible cousin of Kate and Cary's "Baby"?
    As for the stars playing tennis in the GREAT Beyond, you can most emphatically type me in with bold font for the 'perpetual ball boy' spot on THAT court!!! :-]

    Ron: Yep - it's cool to peruse the web and find new ones... Arianna (GF11) at Ginger's Corner just loaded up a HEAP of new ones, with nary a one that I have seen heretofore... I have a good bit of eBay stuff I need to glean thru for possible scans... from a book or magazine is 'average to mediocre' quality, but hopefully well enough to suffice...
    I'll be on the lookout for new ones - thanks, Ron!


  4. Nice choice of some of your favorite pics! My favorite would have to be the one with Ginger, Lela, and the academy award. :D

  5. And also I think I know what movie that dress is from. Don't remember exactly, but I'm pretty sure it's from Follow the Fleet.

  6. The first pic looks like she's working hard at a painting, not being satisfied yet. It doesn't look right to her, what should she change? Well, a good artist is never satisfied....

    The cat is a juvenile African lion -- easy to keep, like dogs, because they're social animals as well. The only problem: Teeth and claws are much sharper and this 'dog' will grow so terribly.... ;o)

    Keep it Gingerly, Huey!

  7. GF11: Yup, the Ginger/Lela/Oscar pic is an all-time classic - not sure why that one isn't more 'prevalent'...
    And yes, she wears a number like that in FTF, I do believe...awesome, no matter!

    CS: The painting pic has always been a fave, as it is so 'open-ended'...
    As for Ginger with Little Leo, maybe she was using it whilst renegotiating her contract with the RKO boys... "...You know, I'm walking this little guy for Sam Goldwyn...he said I sure look natural with a lion by my side..." - this would have most definitly gotten a point across to the big cheeses, eh?

    KIG, y'all!!!



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