This Day in GINGEROLOGY - October 20th

1871: Frederick Burton, who starred with Ginger in the film “Broadway Bad” (as Robert North, Sr.), was born in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1885: Purnell Pratt, who starred with Ginger in the films “Hat Check Girl” (as Collins) and “A Shriek in the Night” (as Police Inspector Russell), was born in Bethel, Illinois.

1904: Marian Nixon, who starred with Ginger in the film “Chance at Heaven” (as Glory Franklyn), was born in Superior, Wisconsin.

1955: Frank Darien (born Frank Guderian), who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tip-Off” (as Edna’s Uncle), “Professional Sweetheart” (as Appleby), “Roxie Hart” (as Michael Finnegan), and “Tales of Manhattan” (as Elsa’s Old Father), died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 79.

1956: Clay Clement (born Claudius Geiger), who starred with Ginger in the films “Don’t Bet on Love” (as Arnold Ross, Attorney at Law) and “Upperworld” (as Medical Examiner), died in Watertown, New York, at the age of 68.

1990: Joel McCrea, who starred with Ginger in the films “Chance at Heaven” (as Blackstone ‘Blacky’ Gorman) and “Primrose Path” (as Ed Wallace), died in Woodland Hills - Los Angeles, California, at the age of 84.


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

November 2, 2017 @ 4:00 A.M. Vivacious Lady
November 6-7, 2017 @ 12:00 A.M. Tender Comrade

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...


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Y'all have a Gingery Halloween!!!

...well, not too many pics out there of Ginger in Halloween costumes... so, I'll give ya a little 'rabid squirrel impression' action from our fair lady... that little sequence ALWAYS cracks me up...
In other Ginger news, Thanks to Whitney VLH for her report from the Ginger Rogers Century exhibition in Boston!  She posted a comment on the 'just a few pics' post from a few weeks back... for those who missed it, here is the report:

"I was blessed to be able to attend the opening of the "Ginger Rogers Century" archive and the show in Boston on Oct. 24th. and wanted to tell you all about it:
The archive is chock-full of moving correspondence between Ginger and the many people who loved her, including her mother and her friends such as Lucille Ball and Jimmy Stewart. It also features lots of photographs, renderings of her artwork, and items like her Oscar, her Kennedy Center Honor medallion and ribbon (which I'm grateful I got to see her receive in 1992), and even one of her old tennis rackets! Roberta Olden, Ginger's longtime assistant, selected items with much loving care for Boston University to display.
Angela Lansbury spoke poignantly about how Ginger and Lew Ayres (a neighbor of hers in Brentwood for many years) had a great love for each other that endured in friendship despite the tragedy of their marriage ending. I SO wish that those two had gotten back together!!! The archive included a letter and telegram from Lew to Ginger, and reading those, it was evident how much he loved her. I think he was a great man, just as Ginger was a great lady, despite the mistakes they made -- and in the end, love still prevailed.
It was awesome to hear a song that Ginger composed herself in 1936 (the year they separated) in the show. The song was called "I Don't Understand" (a love song, that was probably referring to Lew). Jazz singer Karen Oberlin did a pitch-perfect job of performing the many songs that Ginger made famous from composers like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern.
The archive will stay on display for several months at Boston U., I was told, so if any of you are in Boston, hope you can check it out!"

Awesome stuff, Whitney! Would have LOVED to hear the Ginger tune... ya didn't happen to sneak in a recorder of some type, eh? :-)
It's also good to hear Ginger and Lew remained buds... y'know, if I were somehow able to do the 'back in time' stuff, and be able to be anyone (yeah, that's pretty weird and far-fetched, but hey...), I think it would be Lew... I mean, DANG...Ginger called him her 'dream man'... how insane is THAT?
...AND, it's cool to know that the exhibit will be there for awhile... just wish it would get a LITTLE closer to 'South Gingerville', such as Atlanta, Nashville, etc... here's hoping!
ALSO, a few awesome Gingery features from fellow Gingerologist, arrowfoxi!!!
First, a photo of Ginger from photographer James Doolittle, who captured Ginger (during her 'In Person' days - the gown is the one she has in the final scene) quite well, to the extent that she said it was one of her favorite photos of herself from anyone... no arguement from this here Gingerologist...
...the original photo sold in 2002 for 2,445 euros, which is roughly, oh...about $1,000,000 U.S. dollars (jk...for the time being, anyway... seriously, it's about $3,500.00). If only I could score a lottery, y'all...it would be scary how much Gingerbilia would accumulate in the Huey domicile...
AND, here is a link to a VERY neat site, which generally is a compilation of MANY quotes and passages from books and reviews regarding Ginger... I've thought about doing something like this, but...well, heck, here it ALREADY is!

Ginger Rogers Appreciations

...this site is overseen by arrowfoxi (a.k.a. todflet@sonic.net ) - and, notice that any new-found Gingery text is of great interest, so drop an e-mail over there if ya have any new stuff! 
Well, next up here is the 'Don't Bet on Love' review... Thanks to Ron for a cool 'lobby card' shot of this film:
Whitney's conclusion of Ayres may 'temper' my review a bit... but he's still (somewhat) of a gooberhead, y'all...I mean, come ON...'Dream Man'... how do you screw THAT up, y'all?




  1. That's amazing!! Now I need to go to Boston!! Thanks for sharing! And I love those pics.

  2. I think you're right, Huey: Lew Ayres definitely was a "gooberhead" for not being the kind of husband he should have been to Ginger when he had the chance. But I think he learned his lesson, and it's a shame that he and Ginger didn't reconcile. As Angela Lansbury said at the Boston archive opening, we can all learn from how they made "life choices" and what resulted from them. She also said that it was good that Ginger kept "reaching out" to people in love, even though she never found a lasting marriage (but found many friends and fans).
    At the show, host Nick Clooney told many stories of the various other men in Hollywood who fell in love with Ginger. Karen Oberlin sang the song "I've Got 'It,' But 'It' Don't Do Me No Good" and that kind of sums up Ginger's romantic life, I guess. :>)
    But thankfully, even though she failed at romance, Ginger succeeded at being a great person who truly loved others. I'll never forget how genuinely kind and open she was during the times I met her as a teen (when she came to Washington, D.C. for various events). What a lovely lady!
    BTW, the show should be performed in NYC during early 2012, in case that's an easier place for you all to visit than Boston (the archive will only be in Boston, but the show is worth seeing on its own). Dates haven't been announced yet, but keep checking the Internet (probably Playbill.com would be a good place to check).


  3. You can always reconcile -- in spring, just for another breed. Seagull couples do part in fall, but the same couples come together for the next season. As long as fox and eagle didn't catch Ginger or Lew, there was always a chance for another breeding season. During winter you roam anyway, but this is no excuse for not breeding!

  4. Another excellent post, Huey, and I particularly enjoyed Whitney's account of the Boston Exhibition. Thank you for reprinting it and Whitney for writing it. To say the least I am envious of Whitney having met Ginger. What a thrill that would have been. I also enjoy reading favorable articles about Ginger, and therefore the Ginger Rogers Appreciations were my cup of tea. And great picture BTW!


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