...and we are OFF...

...to GINGERFEST!!! Hope to see y'all there! I have put the 'Day in Gingerology' on auto-pilot for the next 4-5 days, which of course contains Ginger's 107th birthday remembrance! Y'all be safe and have a Gingery week!!!
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This Day in GINGEROLOGY - July 12th - 17th

July 12

1945: Jack Briggs, Ginger’s third husband, returns home from his WWII tour of duty in the Pacific theater, which he began in December 1943.

1981: Lynton Brent, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Thirteenth Guest” (as Prisoner), “Follow the Fleet” (as Deck Officer), “Stage Door” (as Powell’s Aide), and “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle” (as Mechanic), died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 83.

1987: Harold Goodwin, who starred with Ginger in the films “Hat Check Girl” (as Walter Marsh), “Broadway Bad” (as Reporter), and “Romance in Manhattan” (as Doctor at Police Station),died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 84.

1988: Joshua Logan, who directed Ginger in the musical play “Miss Moffat”, died in New York City, at the age of 79.

July 13

1907: Greta Granstedt (born Greta Irene Granstedt), who starred with Ginger in the film “Hat Check Girl” (as Party Guest), was born in Scandia, Kansas.

1961: Alan Marshal, who starred with Ginger in the film “Tom, Dick and Harry” (as Dick), died in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 52.

2015: GetTV aired “Tight Spot”.

2018: The Film Society at Lincoln Center in NYC presented the films “Flying Down to Rio”, “The Gay Divorcee”, “Swing Time”, “Top Hat”, and “Follow the Fleet”, as part of their Fred and Ginger Film Series.

July 14

1892: Al Hill, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tenderfoot” (as Spud – a Thug), “Don’t Bet on Love” (as one of Shelton’s Hoods), “Stage Door” (as Taxi Driver), “Lucky Partners” (as Officer Bob Clark), and “Magnificent Doll” (as Man), was born in New York City.

1915: Toby Wing (born Martha Virginia Wing), who starred with Ginger in the film “42nd Street” (as Blonde in ‘young and Healthy’ Number), was born in Amelia Court House, Virginia.

1954: Al Hill, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tenderfoot” (as Spud – a Thug), “Don’t Bet on Love” (as one of Shelton’s Hoods), “Stage Door” (as Taxi Driver), “Lucky Partners” (as Officer Bob Clark), and “Magnificent Doll” (as Man), died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 62.

1970: Preston Foster, who starred with Ginger in the films “Follow The Leader” (as Two-Gun Terry) and “You Said a Mouthful” (as Ed Dover), died in La Jolla, California, at the age of 69.

2018: The Film Society at Lincoln Center in NYC presented the films “Swing Time”, “Shall We Dance”, “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle”, “Carefree”, and “The Barkleys of Broadway”, as part of their Fred and Ginger Film Series.

July 15

1885: Tom Kennedy, who starred with Ginger in the film “42nd Street” (as Slim Murphy), was born in New York City.

1892: Charles R. Rogers, who produced the Ginger films “The Tip-Off”, “Suicide Fleet”, “Carnival Boat”, and “Sitting Pretty”, was born in New York City.

1902: Bruce Manning, who, along with Jack Skirball, co-produced the Ginger film “Magnificent Doll”, was born in New York City.

1905: Dorothy Fields, lyricist for songs from the Ginger movies “Roberta”, “In Person”, and “Swing Time”, was born in Allenhurst, New Jersey.

1907: Craig Reynolds (born Harold Hugh Enfield), who starred with Ginger in the film “Don’t Bet on Love” (as Reporter), was born in Anaheim, California.

1956: John ‘Skins’ Miller, who starred with Ginger in the film “Don’t Bet on Love” (as R. M. Bigsby, Undertaker), died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 65.

1994: Vina Gale (born Hervina Gale), who starred with Ginger in the film “Flying Down to Rio” (as Dancer), died in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the age of 86.

1999: The American Film Institute (AFI) unveiled its list of top 50 film legends, 25 male, 25 female; Ginger placed as #14 female, just below Grace Kelly and just above Mae West (…and strangely enough, a ‘mix’ of those two would most likely result in a quite “Ginger-y” actress!)

2018: The Film Society at Lincoln Center in NYC presented the films “Roberta”, Shall We Dance”, and “Carefree”, as part of their Fred and Ginger Film Series.

July 16

HAPPY 107th BIRTHDAY, GINGER!!!!!

1821: Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science (which Ginger practiced), was born in Bow, New Hampshire.

1886: Isabel La Mal, who starred with Ginger in the film “The Thirteenth Guest” (as Marie’s Mother), was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1911: At 2:00 a.m., Lela Emogen McMath gave birth to Virginia Katherine McMath at their home at 100 West Moore Street, Independence, Missouri; VKM weighed 7.5 pounds. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GINGER!!!

1994: Independence, Missouri celebrated Ginger’s birthday as she made what would be her last visit to her hometown; her birth house was ‘dedicated’ officially.

2011: VKMfanHuey and his crew, as well as “Fred & Ginger Mad” (a.k.a. as ‘Kat and Baby’), were at 100 West Moore Street in Independence, MO. on the occasion of Ginger’s 100th Birthday!

2013: TCM aired “Lucky Partners”.

2013: FMC aired “Change of Heart”.

2014: TCM aired “The Tip-Off”, “You Said a Mouthful”, “Finishing School”, “The First Traveling Saleslady”.

July 17

1880: Wong Chung, who starred with Ginger in the film “Rafter Romance” (as Chinese Waiter), was born in San Francisco, California.

1905: William Gargan (born William Dennis Gargan), who starred with Ginger in the film “Follow The Leader” (as a Gangster), was born in Brooklyn, New York.

1967: Cyril Ring, who starred with Ginger in the films “A Shriek in the Night” (as Eddie, Morgue Attendant) and “Tales of Manhattan” (as Assistant Taylor (Boyer Sequence)), died in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 74.

1980: Don ‘Red’ Barry (born Donald Berry), who starred with Ginger in the film “Flying Down to Rio” (as Dancer), died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 68.

GingerTelevision...

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

July 22, 2018 @ 6:30 A.M. Fifth Avenue Girl
July 27, 2018 @ 9:30 A.M. Roberta

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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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Happy 100th Birthday to Lucille Ball!!!

WE LOVE YA, LUCY!!!

...ya know, it's pretty seldom that we here at G-ology post anything that isn't 100% Ginger, but, today is a exception that I am SURE Miss Rogers would approve of...and that's to celebrate the 100th birthday and awesome career of one of the funniest (and prettiest) ladies EVER, Miss Lucille Ball!
 ...of course, Lucy and Ginger were best buds (not to mention distant cousins), so... let's review some of the cool things that these ladies had in common! [...just as a 'editorial note', I will try to give proper 'background' to folks, places, etc. that Gingerologists (should) know, but visitors to the site may not... and BTW, for any of you Lucy fans that are visiting...thanks for stopping by!!!]
Lucille Desiree Ball was born in Jamestown, New York, on August 6, 1911, three weeks after Ginger entered the world over in Independence, Missouri... as mentioned, Lucy and Ginger were distant cousins. Lucy's dad died before she reached the age of four, forcing her mom to work several jobs to make ends meet; Lucy and her younger brother were raised by their grandfolks. This somewhat echoes Ginger's upbringing, with no dad and a working mom aided by grandfolks...

Lucy enrolled in a drama school in NYC as a teenager, but was deemed 'too shy' by the staff, and was sent back home...BTW, a young Bette Davis was one of her classmates during her brief enrollment.
Lucy's first film appearance was in 1933's Roman Scandals from MGM, as one of the "Goldwyn Girls" - shown above (well, looks like she got over her shyness! :-P )  Soon after she would be contracted to RKO Radio Pictures, where she would immediately strike up what proved to be a life-long friendship with Ginger Rogers, who had quite a few movies under her belt, and was just starting to ride the wave at RKO with Fred Astaire in their classic films, while at the same time enjoying 'solo' success headlining other RKO features.
 In the mid-thirties, Lela Rogers (Ginger's mom) set up workshops on the RKO lot for the younger actors and actresses ('contract players'), and Lucy was among them (others included Betty Grable, Leon Ames, Tyrone Power, Joy Hodges, Anne Shirley, and Phyllis Fraser). Ginger notes in her biography, Ginger: My Story that Lela knew that Lucy had MAJOR potential, and would invariably become a huge star: "The studio told my mother they were thinking of letting Lucy go. My mother said firmly, "You fire Lucy... then I'll quit. Lucille Ball is one of the most promising youngsters on this lot. If you're stupid enough to do that, the minute you let her go, I'll snap her up and take her to another studio and see that she gets the roles she deserves!""
Lucy and Ginger appeared in five RKO films together: Roberta (pic above...hmm...could that be ostrich feathers?), Top Hat, Follow the Fleet, Stage Door, and Having Wonderful Time, the latter probably being the most substantial role for Lucy of these mentioned (although she does have some nice moments in Stage Door as well...).
 Here's a cool excerpt from Ginger's bio regarding their friendship, from a moment in the late 30's, when Ginger was dating James Stewart (which ironically parallels the scene from Stage Door capped just above, regarding dinner, anyway):
 "...At the time that we were dating, Jimmy (Stewart) and Henry Fonda were roommates. Hank was seeing Lucille Ball and the four of us often double-dated. The boys took us dancing at posh places like the Cocoanut Grove or the Trocadero, but they were too cheap to stay there for dinner. Instead, we ended up for dinner at a little hole-in-the-wall called Barney's Beanery on Santa Monica Boulevard. 
One night, after a hearty meal at Barney's, the boys took us back to their apartment. Everything appeared very romantic, as the lights were turned down low and soft music played in the background. Before Lucy and I knew what happened, we were danced into the kitchen to wash a week's stack of dirty dishes. So much for romance; maid duty was uppermost in their minds. But still, two nicer men you couldn't hope to meet."
It was during the filming of 1940's Too Many Girls for RKO that Lucy met Desi Arnaz... after a few false starts, they eventually fell for each other, and were married in November 1940.
Of course, Lucy and Desi basically single-handedly created the situation comedy ('sitcom') for television with I Love Lucy, the greatest TV show of all time...always will be. A cool twist of 'irony' is that they bought the old RKO Studio in 1957 for their Desilu Productions...pretty cool for a 'contract actress' who was about to be given the boot from the studio she eventually bought.
Lucy's television career was legendary, and she ended up having four shows 'post' I Love Lucy: The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life With Lucy.
Lucy and Desi had two kids, daughter Lucie Arnaz (1951) and son Desi Arnaz, Jr. (1953); Junior's impending arrival into the world was worked into the show as the main story line over the weeks, and yielded huge ratings.

Lucy and Desi divorced in 1960, but remained friends. Lucy remarried a year later, to stand-up comedian Gary Morton; they remained married until her death in 1989.

Although Lucy died in 1989, six years prior to Ginger's death in 1995, it is of note that Lucy left us on April 26, whereas Ginger left us on April 25. Again, April is TRULY my least favorite month, y'all...
I know most of y'all have seen this, but it is just too cool not to tack on for this occasion... it's from "Here's Lucy" aired on November 22, 1971...the episode was entitled, "Ginger Rogers Comes to Tea", and this is the final scene, where Ginger and Lucy, along with Lucy's daughter Lucie Arnaz, all kick up their heels and crank out a good ol' Charleston (which, BTW, is to my knowledge the only 'official' footage of Ginger EVER doing the Charleston (not counting the 'outtake' from Roxie Hart)... Gingerologists know that is a bit odd, since she won the Texas State Charleston Championship back in 1925...that just makes this clip that much more special!)
Well, once again, Happy Lucytennial, y'all! I am pretty sure there will be Lucy airing in several places on the tele this weekend (...although I also thought the same thing about Ginger...oof) - anyway, hopefully you can catch an episode or two, to be reminded of just how awesome this lady was!

KIG (and Lucy-Like, too!!!)

VKMfanHuey
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4 comments:

  1. good job on sharing the Lucy love! The OGRE definitely approves. After all it was Lucy who got me interested in classic movies. You should check out The Affairs of Annabel. I think its on tonight after Stage Door. Classic Lucy but it was made in 1938. also Hallmark channel is doing an I Love Lucy marathon!

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  2. Happy Birthday Lucille Ball!!! :)

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  3. A really nice post, Huey. I knew Lela was instrumental in Lucy's career, but I didn't know about her intervention when Lucy was to get the boot. That was fascinating stuff. I knew nothing about Lucy before her I Love Lucy shows...a truly groundbreaking comedy. So I was very surprised when in learning about Ginger to learn likewise about how Lucy worked her way from bit parts to starring roles for RKO. In fact, right now I'm about to get Meet the People released in 1944 in which she achieved top billing over Dick Powell.

    Meet the People poster

    One thing that sometimes is lost in Lucy's great comedic performances is that she had a great wit, too. Perhaps the funniest show I've ever seen was an hour long interview that Merv Griffin did with Lucy, Carol Burnett and Phyllis Diller. Lucy and Carol had me laughing till the tears came...both truly funny without a script.

    CHEERS to Lucy on her hundredth...for the great entertainment she gave us and for her excellent choice of good friends :-)

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  4. "The Affairs Of Annabel," in which Lucy plays fictional film star Annabel Allison, with Jack Oakie as her peripatetic press agent (they encored their roles in "Annabel Takes A Tour"), is a charming little second feature that includes a few references to Ginger Rogers (why not -- it was an RKO picture!). Moreover, many of the exteriors were filmed in the Encino house owned at the time by director Raoul Walsh (and soon to be the residence of Ginger's friend Carole Lombard and Clark Gable).

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