...Huey and the Crew are headed...

...to New Orleans for vacation!!! So, we give you the 'Week in Gingerology', and hope to catch back up with y'all on the weekend! Until then, y'all Keep It Gingery!!!

This Day in GINGEROLOGY - June 19th - June 22nd

June 19

1951: Margaret La Marr, who starred with Ginger in the film “42nd Street” (as Chorus Girl), died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 37.

1877: Charles Coburn, who starred with Ginger in the films “Vivacious Lady” (as Mr. Morgan), “Bachelor Mother” (as J. B. Merlin) and “Monkey Business” (as Mr. Oliver Oxley), was born in Savannah, Georgia.

1966: Ed Wynn, who starred with Ginger in the film “Follow the Leader” (as Crickets), died in Beverly Hills – Los Angeles, California, at the age of 79.

2012: FMC aired “Tales of Manhattan”.

2015: FXM RETRO aired “Tales of Manhattan”.

2016: FXM RETRO aired “Monkey Business”.

June 20

1913: Helen Keeler, who starred with Ginger in the film “42nd Street” (as Chorus Girl), was born in New York City.

1972: Sidney Lanfield, who directed the Ginger films “Hat Check Girl” and “Broadway Bad”, died in Marina del Rey, California, at the age of 74.

2016: FXM RETRO aired “Monkey Business”.

June 21

1904: Mack Gordon (born Morris Gittler), who starred with Ginger in the film “Sitting Pretty” (as Meters – Song Publisher), and actually WAS a quite prolific songwriter, was born in Warsaw, Poland.

Summer 1957: Ginger divorced Jacques Bergerac; the marriage lasted just over four years.

Summer 1960: Ginger portrayed Annie Oakley in the play “Annie Get Your Gun”, consisting of a five-city summer theater circuit tour.

Summer 1963: Ginger appeared in the play “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”, consisting of a summer theater circuit tour in the western U.S.

Summer 1969: Samuel McGredy and Son, Nurserymen (Ireland) introduced the “Ginger Rogers” Rose at The Irish Rose Growers association flower show – the rose is a cross between a ‘Tropicana’ and a ‘Miss Ireland’.

1992: Alice Jans, who starred with Ginger in the films “42nd Street” (as Chorus Girl) and “Gold Diggers of 1933” (as Gold Digger), died in San Bernardino, California, at the age of 79.

June 22

1891: Harry Seymour, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tenderfoot” (as Newsstand Proprietor), “You Said a Mouthful” (as Announcer), “42nd Street” (as aide), “Twenty Million Sweethearts” (as Buddy’s Announcer), “Upperworld” (as Passerby Talking to Officer Moran), and “Monkey Business” (as Clothing Store Salesman), was born in New York City.

1906: Billy Wilder, who directed the Ginger film “The Major and the Minor”, was born in Poland.

1957: Eddie Tamblyn (born Edward Tamblyn), who starred with Ginger in the films “Flying Down to Rio” (as a Yankee Clipper) and “Follow the Fleet” (as Sailor), died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 49.

1987: Fred Astaire, who starred with Ginger in ten films which ALL Gingerologists should know by heart, died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 88.

2011: TCM aired “The Major and the Minor”.

2011: FMC aired “Teenage Rebel”.

2013: FMC aired “Tales of Manhattan”.


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

June 27, 2018 @ 1:45 A.M. It Had To Be You
July 3, 2018 @ 10:00 A.M. Follow The Fleet
July 5, 2018 @ 8:45 A.M. You Said a Mouthful
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...


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy 78th to...

the film "Flying Down to Rio", which (according to IMDb, anyway) premired on December 29th, 1933.  Ironically, it's the film that's currently on the 'HueyReview' clock... that posting is still a few days off (probably will be next year...) - but should be a fun one to dissect.

In the meantime, just a few issues...

First, on 1/1/12, Gingerology WILL have a new feature (after literally years of speculation), "This Day in Gingerology". It will basically be a line or two tacked at the top of the site, regarding a significant event in the life of Ginger Rogers or Gingerology, such as film release dates (such as the 'main' topic of this post), as well as birthdays / deaths of any actors/actresses/producers, or others related to Ginger (that's quite a few folks in and of itself!). Hopefully it will prove to be an interesting 'blurb' to check out each day for y'all...

Second, Huey is VERY close to 'launching' a NEW blog, which will be regarding 'all things OTHER than Ginger'...which will a VERY broad brush...from other classic films, to current issues, music of all denominations, TV stuff, and general tomfoolery which hopefully will be, if not overtly informative, at LEAST somewhat entertaining... more info on that later, as it would obviously be pretty cool to get that started on 1/1/12...but sometimes, due to circumstances beyond our control, yada yada yada...

And lastly, hope EVERYONE out there had a GREAT and truly blessed Christmas, Hanukkah, and any other holiday observance they partook in or WILL partake in...  one thing's for sure, EVERYONE is under the same calandar (well, except for the Chinese..and, well, I'm sure there are others...dang it!)...well, MOST eveyone is under the same calendar, so....
Happy New Year to all of y'all!!!!  
Have a safe one!!! (watch Bachelor Mother... a pretty neat New Year's scene in the middle of it.. with a Swedish twist! :-)  )

And, as always and forevermore...



Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas, y'all...

 ...from all the folks here at Gingerology! Hope everyone gets exactly what they want, but also to reflect on the past year and study on what the TRUE meaning of Christmas is...

...And as a bit of a 'present' to y'all, here's a little 'post-script' to the "Sitting Pretty" series of posts, a video of Ginger and Jack Oakie doing the Ginger-penned, "Used To Be You"...I figure most of y'all have seen this one, but, just in case, here it is again... Ginger is, as usual, lethally cute...
Y'all be safe out there! I hope to get rolling on the 'Rio' review (say THAT three times fast!) in a day or so, but obviously the season is pretty full of festivities...

KIG and Merry Christmas, y'all!!!

VERY Sincerely,

Monday, December 19, 2011

...the 'Sitting Pretty' Aftereview...

...or at least 'overflow' for screen caps... here are a gob of caps from the 'Did You Ever See a Dream Walking' scene... no comments, as none are really needed...hope ya enjoy! 



Sorry - next time I'll try to take a few more screen caps for y'all ;-)

It appears that for future reviews for films with ample Ginger, there will most likely be more of these 'Aftereview' posts to share mondo screen caps with y'all (a BIG potential for the many GandF routines coming up...) ...hope ya don't mind... I kinda have the feeling y'all are OK with it...

Well, as for 'next post', I'll figure out something Christmas-y in regards to Ginger... it's a shame she didn't take the Wonderful Life role... oh well, there's a few movies she did which are set at Christmastime, so we'll delve into those pretty soon...hope everyone is wrapping up shopping and gifts for the Yuletide festivities which are nigh upon us... And remember, it always helps to...

...Keep It Gingery, y'all!!!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ginger Rogers Film Review #18 - Sitting Pretty

(November 24, 1933 - Paramount Pictures) 

Run Time (approximate): 75 Minutes 
Directed by: Harry Joe Brown. 
Producer: Charles R. Rogers. 
Screenplay: Jack McGowan, S.J. Perelman and Lou Breslow. 
Based on a Story by: Nina Wilcox Putnam. 
Photography by: Milton R. Krasner. 
Art Director: David Garber. 
Costumes: Travis Banton.
Sound Recorder: Jack A. Goodrich.
Choreography: Larry Ceballos. 
Orchestrator: Howard Jackson. 
Also Starring: Jack Oakie (as Chick Parker), Jack Haley (as Pete Pendleton), Gregory Ratoff (as Tannenbaum), Thelma Todd (as Gloria Duval), Lew Cody (as Jules Clark), Jerry Tucker (as Buzz), Helen Pickens (as one of the Pickens Sisters), Jane Pickens (as one of the Pickens Sisters), Patti Pickens (as one of the Pickens Sisters).
UNCREDITED CAST: Irving Bacon (as Dice Player), Wade Boteler (as Jackson), Sidney Bracey (as Manager), Harry C. Bradley (as Set Designer), George Brasno (as a Neighbor), Olive Brasno (as a Neighbor), James P. Burtis (as Mover Foreman), Harvey Clark (as Motorist), Charles Coleman (as Butler), William B. Davidson (as Director), Mack Gordon (as Song Publisher), Frank Hagney (as Bar Manager), Henry Hall (as Party Guest), Hale Hamilton (as Vinton), Stuart Holmes (as Dice Player), Peaches Jackson (as Chorus Girl), Arthur Jarrett (as Singer), Fuzzy Knight (as Stock Clerk), Frank LaRue (as Studio Gateman), Rollo Lloyd (as Director), Mae Madison (as Chorus Girl), Joyce Mathews (as Blonde Chorus Girl), Lee Moran (as Assistant Director), Jack Mower (as Clark's Aide), Anne Nagel (as Girl at Window), Dave O'Brien (as Assistant Cameraman), Lee Phelps (as Studio Aide), Russ Powell (as Counterman), Harry Revel (as Pianist), Virginia Sale (as Old Maid), Helen Splane (as Chorus Girl), Larry Steers (as Party Guest), Ben Taggart (as Cop), Phil Tead (as Aide), Kenneth Thomson (as Norman Lubin), Walter Walker (as George Wilson), Charles Williams (as Neighbor).
Ginger's Character: Dorothy. 
Ginger's 'Screen Time': Approximately 14 Minutes and 18 Seconds (19.4% of the film).
GingerTunes: "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?", "Good Morning Glory", "There's a Bluebird At My Window", "You're Such a Comfort To Me".
Gingery Goodness Factor (GGF) - (1-10): 7.0 - A pretty 'straight' role for Ginger, but she does get to sing a good bit, and the "...Dream Walking" number at the end really ranks up there with her top musical moments ever...not necessarily due to the song, but...due to the 'maximum Ginger'... 
Film Quality (1-10): 6.5 - The saga of the 'film quality' pertaining to this one is interesting...the copy I originally obtained from the internet (via eBay) yielded an almost unwatchable experience, and would be at 2 or 3 at best on this scale... but fellow Gingerologists have obtained a much cleaner copy, which is awesome compared to the eBay copy...but even the 'cleaner' one is a bit rough in spots...the most gut wrenching moment (for me, anyway) is when Ginger is singing her 'close-up solo' on "...Dream Walking" (it's truly epic), and just before she finishes her last line, it 'skips' into the choreography scene... strangely enough, this happens on each of the copies I've discussed, so the 'cleaner' copy is evidently just a 'cleaned' version of the 'bad' copy...
Huey's Review for GINGEROLOGY:   ...This is a pretty good little movie, in my honest opinion (as if all of my opinions to this point have been dishonest...). It straddles the line between musical and 'drama', which could be a tricky deal at times; the 'transitional' aspect here works in that the two main characters are songwriters, thus apt to break out in song at any given moment.
About those two songwriters... we begin in New York City, where Chick Parker (Jack Oakie) is a fair-to-middling  musician in a recording studio. He is generally dissatisfied with the lyricists he has to work with, and ends up using the mail clerk's lyrics... which result in a song that sells. Thus, Chick strikes up a partnership with said clerk, Pete Pendleton (Jack Haley), and also convinces him that Hollywood would be a better place to hawk tunes, for the movie studios. 
Trouble is, Chick is pretty flippant with his dough, and generally throws it away in crap shoots (see last review...the 'get rich quick via wagering' mantra was evidently a big deal back in the early 30's...) As a result, Chick has no cash to get to Hollywood, and persuades Pete to cough up the dough (hey, they are a 'team' now...) . Of course, Chick takes Pete's dough and throws it away gambling as well... thus the two end up hitchhiking to Hollywood... Chick is a 'real winner', it appears, while Pete is very level-headed - so, the two should yin-yang out enough to be fair songwriting partners. 
Along the way to La-La Land, they stop in a joint that just happens to be run by a sweet little gal named Dorothy (no last name given...) (Ginger Rogers) - who has a kid brother named Buzz, who plays the 'cute bratty kid that antagonizes everyone'...yeah, THAT kid.
Of course, C&P's main need at this point is money, so they hit Dorothy up for some $$$, as Chick uses the "I'm a songwriter for movies!" line on her; she proves to be too trusting for her own good, coughing up the dough so C&P can continue on to Hollywood... Chick tells Dorothy to meet them out there whenever she can break away from the shop. Well, that proves pretty easy after a few weeks, as the $$$ she gave them ends up being what she needed to keep the place afloat...
So, Dorothy and the Buzzer kid find C&P in Hollywood, living in a bungalow (which may be pretty dang close to the Garden of Allah joint that Ginger and Lela started out in when they moved to LA...) - and subsequently they all end up 'shacking up' together... well, in a 'communal' sense, anyway... in order to stay off the streets. Odd jobs for the gang barely keep them afloat...
When Chick and Pete first hit H-town, they had hooked up with an deranged mental patient (in Hollywood? Really?) whose handlers drive him around town on occasion to humor him and his delusion of being a big Hollywood producer (your tax dollars at work, eh?) - and of course, C&P thought he was the real deal, and the loon ripped them off a big 'advance' check, which is probably still bouncing. Thus, they thought they were 'in business' with a studio, only to find out that wasn't the case.
The rest of the movie, they try to wedge their way into a gig, and end up doing so, when one of their 'impromptu' studio auditions catches the ear of the resident starlet, Gloria Duval (played nicely by Thelma Todd) - and Chick makes the 'move' on her, thus landing the gig (among other things...) . Of course, Dorothy is of the opinion that Chick has the hots for her, but he has 'moved on', hitching his wagon to Gloria's vain star - which requires that he dump Dorothy AND Pete...
Well, situations tend to fluctuate, and of course that applies in this case for Chick, as things move a bit too fast for him to keep up with. A pretty neat scene is when the collection dudes are toting stuff out of Chick's posh living quarters, and he is playing a melancholy tune all the while... until they tote the piano off...this scene was pretty well laid out, in my honest (there's that word again) opinion...
Anyway, once Chick is bounced, he crawls back to Pete, and the whole thing ends up pretty much the way ya expect it to... with Dorothy becoming a star performer of C&P's ditties, culminating in what proves to be Ginger's most breathtaking performance to date (well, in Huey's opinion, anyway..honest or otherwise.)

Favorite Ginger Moments: Ginger plays a VERY sweet girl who wants to see the dudes do well in their pursuit of landing a songwriting gig... the 'prime' Gingery moment in this one is the finale, as Ginger sings thru "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?" in an achingly beautiful and cute manner...could well be my favorite performance she has had to date in the reviews...and yes, that includes 'We're In The Money', y'all... Here we go with the pics...
 ...We first meet Dorothy crawling out from under a car, much to the surprise of Pete...Ginger with a wrench? Huey likes...

 ...and then Chick checks out the chick...

 ...and here's Dorothy with her little brother, nicknamed 'Buzz'...his real name is 'Huey Jr.'...cute little gargoyle, ain't he, folks? (imagine that last line as spoken by Bugs Bunny, and it's more effective...)

 ...little brat-dude really gets on Dorothy's nerves...

 ...as she firmly kicks him to the rear of the stoop...

...and junior's into the wall...Ginger looks SO cool here, tho...

 ...Dorothy loses the farm, thus hunts down the dudes in Cali...with little boy blue(beard) in tow...

 ..."Listen, I've had it with this kid brother of mine...how much do you think we can get for him on the open market?"...

 "...Er, I don't think you can sell children in California anymore... however...there ARE currently some Gypsies camped just outside of town...but don't throttle him so much, babe...they'll need him to be able to sing...you know, as a distraction to the suckers they hit on..."

 "Well, I don't have time to deal with hunting down nomadic folks... guess we can just keep him here for now...let's just put him in a closet or something..."

"He's really a strange little guy, Dorothy...kinda like a midget, but...something else... in general, he's not much-kin, is he?" 

...a neat little practice dance routine - unless I am mistaken, this is the first 'routine' of any sort Ginger has with a dude in her career in film to this point...her dancing prior to this has been either 'chorus girl' stuff (sorry Ginger) or just 'slow dancing' with a dude...

"So, we agreed to farm out Junior to the Gypsies for these groceries...he'll adjust...hey, times are HARD, honey...so quit putting the Vulcan Death Grip on the little bugger and I'll hustle him over to the fairgrounds tonight..."

"Don't worry, babe... Huey Jr. needs to get a dose of the REAL world... and it MAY soften up that acidic yapper he's got on him..."

Just a cool shot of Ginger's hair, and those awesome curls...

 ...Only Ginger can melt a dude's heart by calling them an idiot, as she does here... "What are you two idiots doing?"

"...we just make big messes so we can watch you work your Gingery magic in the kitchen...can you blame us, babe?"

I dig Ginger's hair style here...guess that's the way it is thru most of the film, but it is just a bit...different in this scene...

...Ain't nothing quite like Ginger on the piano...dang it, I wish I knew that she was actually playing here... it doesn't matter THAT much, but it would just make it that much cooler, y'know?

 ...such a cute 'smirk'...it doesn't matter if she could play or not...I'd listen to her just bang on the keys in random fashion and still be in hawg heaven...

 ...not that I am studying dude much, but...doesn't he look just a bit like Mike Myers?

 ...Dorothy sings of winged primates in bell hop uniforms...

 ...and mystical women classified by geographic locales, wearing pointy hats...

"...do you happen to know any Toto?"

 "Chick accuses me of being pretty heartless at times, so, I got him a watch to show I'm not just a stiff, mechanical-like dude..."

 "The mechanism is solid tin, with emerald movement..."

"...You know, I've heard woodsmen typically have tin watches..."

 Chick becomes a pr--- ...er, a two-faced backstabber, tossing Pete's friendship away... but hey, Pete has Dorothy to console him...

 "Dorothy, where are you from originally? Kansas, perhaps?"

 "...no, Missouri... but just outside of Kansas CITY...but of course, I don't think we're in Kansas City anymore..."

 ...a neat scene of Ginger hoofin' it up...is it just me, or are all the other chicks doing entirely opposite things? Is this supposed to be some kind of synched routine? Of course, Ginger is in perfect cadence and time...those other heifers better step it up, lest they be farmed out to the Gypsies...they are always looking for dancers too, you know...

...and now that C&P are in good stock, Dorothy will serve as deliverer of their tunes...not a bad choice at all, y'all...

...mere words fail...

...This dude is quite animated, but heck, I give him props, as I would have blissfully passed out well before she ever got to me...

 ...If anyone ever wonders why I'm a Gingerologist, I would just show them this sequence...

 ...so awesome...

...and Dorothy hitches her wagon to Mr. Pendleton...Chick snoozed, and loooosed... and Junior escaped from the Gypsies just in time to make the ending...BTW, apologies to any actual Gypsies who may have read this review... as well as any remaining Munchkins - although I think the last one died a few months ago...bummer...
Well...to end on a happier note, I am going to have another post here in a few which will be nothing more than Ginger in the 'Did You Ever See a Dream Walking' scene... Hu pushed the limits of screen caps for that sequence, so those pics will be given their own entry...no text or anything, just pics... stay tuned.
Other Reviews:  
"Ginger Rogers is the heroine and she is sittin' pretty again as to looks and general capability." - New York Sun
"Miss Rogers is always one of the pleasures of the cinema; a girl who combines looks, grace and an unaffected wit." - New York Herald Tribune
"Ginger Rogers deserves a bouquet for the excellent way she puts over a song in close-up. A difficult feat, which she accomplishes amazingly, without awkwardness or grimacing." - Hollywood Screen World
"Ginger Rogers plays the feminine lead in capable fashion, providing the romantic interest and singing several tunes in her most vivacious manner." - Los Angeles Times
"The girls help lots, too, with the attractive Ginger having an edge over the curvaceous Thelma." - New York American 
From GINGER: My Story: "The RKO brass was willing to lend me out to Paramount, right next door, because my role wasn't the feminine lead. I was working on one picture at RKO and then hastening next door to Paramount in my "spare time". The quickest way for me to go to and fro was by bicycle, and I spent the next few weeks wheeling from studio to studio.
In Sitting Pretty I had three songs. I liked two of them and had enough gumption to say I didn't like the third. I really stood my ground and refused to sing it. (I wish I'd been as firm about some other things during my career!) The producers gave in. I was told I could choose my third number from a stack of music in the corner of the room. This pile seemed to contain all the songs rejected over the past two years. I wondered if I'd find anything among the castoffs. I worked through the pile of songs and then saw a title that appealed to me. Scanning the music, I realized this discard was far superior to the one I'd originally been given. I sang it in the film and it proved to be a hit. In time it became a standard. I was proud of my choice, "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?  
Miscellaneous Stuff:
--- Ginger's first movie for Paramount's Hollywood Studio.
--- Jack Haley would ultimately become the Wizard of Oz's Tin Man.
--- Ginger's last musical prior to her pairing with Fred Astaire.
--- Released in Portugal in 1936 with the title "Sonhos de Gloria".  
GingerFilm Ranking: #03 of 19...Ginger's singing and finale number, coupled with her general role as a sweetheart, ends up pretty high on the list. It is actually a bit of a conundrum, as Ginger is really not overtly sassy in this one, but is about as sweet as you would ever hope for, which is pretty breathtaking at times (for Huey, anyway...) Overall, this one is a MUST for Gingerologists...REALLY wish they would clean this one up for an 'Archive' collection... Paramount has some 'classics' currently out on DVD, but haven't delved into the 30's, unfortunately...c'mon, dudes - time's-a-wastin'!!! 
After Seventeen Reviews:
#01 - Professional Sweetheart 
#02 - 42nd Street
#03 - Sitting Pretty  
#04 - The Tenderfoot
#05 - The Tip-Off
#06 - Queen High
#07 - Young Man of Manhattan
#08 - You Said A Mouthful
#09 - Carnival Boat
#10 - A Shriek in the Night
#11 - The Thirteenth Guest
#12 - Don't Bet On Love
#13 - Broadway Bad
#14 - Gold Diggers of 1933 
#15 - The Sap From Syracuse
#16 - Suicide Fleet
#17 - Follow The Leader
#18 - Honor Among Lovers
#19 - Hat Check Girl***
*** - Not viewed due to unavailability.
Up Next: Flying Down To Rio... Got a feeling this one will be second only to 'Professional Sweetheart' in terms of overall Gingery goodness... just the 'Music Makes Me' number alone puts it pretty high... but then again, 'We're in the Money' didn't get '33 too far up the ladder, so...it's going to be an interesting pick...  Hey, I'm just glad to be getting into the Freddie movies...making some headway, right?

Until then, as always...

KIG, Y'all!!!


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