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This Day in GINGEROLOGY - June 23rd

1888: Lee Moran, who starred with Ginger in the films “Hat Check Girl” (as Man on Subway) and “Sitting Pretty” (as Assistant Director), was born in Chicago, Illinois.

1896: Jack Skirball, who, along with Bruce Manning, co-produced the Ginger film “Magnificent Doll”, was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania.

1913: Bonnie Bannon (born Pauline Frances Bannon), who starred with Ginger in the film “Gold Diggers of 1933” (as Gold Digger), was born in Tulare County, California.

1952: Eddie Arden, who starred with Ginger in the film “Flying Down to Rio” (as Bellhop), died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 44.

2016: TCM aired “Flying Down to Rio”.

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

June 23, 2017 @ 11:30 A.M. Flying Down to Rio
June 23, 2017 @ 1:00 P.M. Top Hat
June 23, 2017 @ 2:45 P.M. Swing Time
June 23, 2017 @ 4:45 P.M. Carefree
June 23, 2017 @ 6:15 P.M. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

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':

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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...
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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!"
Whitney


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!
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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...
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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! 
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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?

KIG!

VKMfanHuey
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ginger Rogers Film Review #16 - A Shriek in the Night

A SHRIEK IN THE NIGHT
(July 22, 1933 - Allied Pictures Corporation)
Run Time (approximate): 66 Minutes 
Directed by: Albert Ray. 
Producer: M. H. Hoffman. 
Scenarist: Frances Hyland.
Based on a Story by: Kurt Kempler.
Photography by: Harry Newman and Tom Galligan.
Art Director: Gene Hornbistel.
Edited by: Leete Renick Brown. 
Sound Recorder: Homer C. Ellmaker.
Music Supervisor: Abe Meyer.
Costume Design: Alfreda.
Production Management: Sidney Algier. 
Assistant Director: Wilbur McGaugh. 
Also Starring: Lyle Talbot (as Ted Rand), Harvey Clark (as Peterson, the Janitor), Purnell Pratt (as Police Inspector Russell), Lillian Harmer (as Augusta, the Housekeeper), Arthur Hoyt (as Wilfred), Louise Beavers (as Maid), Clarence Wilson (as Editor Perkins).
UNCREDITED CAST: Maurice Black (as Josephus Martini), Jim Farley (as Detective Jim Brown), Cyril Ring (as Eddie the Morgue Attendant), Dick Rush (as Policeman in Hallway), and Tiny Sandford (as Detective Eddie).
Ginger's Character: Pat Morgan. 
Ginger's 'Screen Time': Approximately 35 Minutes and 57 Seconds (54.5% of the film).
GingerTunes: None
Gingery Goodness Factor (GGF) - (1-10): 7.0 - Although heaps of 'face time' for Ginger, the role just doesn't lend itself to a lot of 'sassy' input, save for a few nice spots here and there...Ginger's character is pretty 'straightforward', and is ultimately 'corralled' by the leading man, in pretty nondescript fashion - I mean, he doesn't actually even REALLY save her from the endgame peril.
Film Quality (1-10): 6.5 - That may be generous for the copy I have...there are multiple 'editions' of this one out there, but not sure if they are all from the same 'source film'... but there are a few scenes cut short (where you hear dialogue but the screen is black) - not enough to really affect anything, but...it DOES earn negative points for the overall film condition. The 'caps' I made did end up pretty fair, but those were in-betwixt a lot of dust-spots-fuzz on certain frames. Also, the sound is not the best...dialogue is OK, but in 'lull' areas, there is a constant 'crinkling' sound, like it's raining...the first scene you think, 'well, maybe it's supposed to be raining, as it is at night and you really can't tell... but the next scene in the penthouse clarifies, as typically rain does not occur within a penthouse (unless the fire sprinklers go off...which they most likely did not even have back then...) 
Available From: Various DVDs available..
Huey's Review for GINGEROLOGY:   Ginger's fifth film of 1933 finds her back in the 'murder/mystery/suspense' genre, this time as an undercover newspaper reporter (...actually, in 1933, I believe that's the only type of reporter there was...but I digress...) by the name of Patricia Morgan. She has been 'planted' as the secretary of a financial big dawg that goes by the name of Mr. Harker... who is on screen about 3 seconds, in the form of a mannequin tossed down from his penthouse. In other words, whoever played Harker most likely didn't make union scale for his acting efforts.  
ANYWAY, Pat was investigating Harker's possible link with mob member Joe Martini (yes, there's at least one 'dry martini' joke during the proceedings...) She has gathered enough info to piece together possible reasoning behind Harker's demise, and calls it in to her paper...except the call is 'intercepted' by a rival reporter on the scene, Ted Rand (Lyle Talbot), who takes the info and runs with it...to HIS newspaper.
When Pat's editor discovers all the info about the case (which only she could have known by her 'inside' position) sprawled on the front page of the competitor, he promptly fires Pat.
Well, when Pat figures out Ted was the one who stole the info, she was JUST a bit miffed (not to the point of throwing things, however....) ...and confronts him on the matter. This is where we learn these two have a 'past', which eliminates the need for developing a relationship from scratch on the screen (this one clocks in at just over an hour, y'all...). Well, Ted does pretty fair damage control, and soon the relatively happy couple, along with Inspector Russell (Purnell Pratt) are in concert regarding the investigation. Along the way, a few more folks get snuffed out, one of which was a 'prime suspect' (ain't that ALWAYS the case?). Pat does a bit of 'snooping' in Martini's apartment, with no tangible results. Before long, however, Pat receives a letter with a card enclosed...reading 'You Will Hear It', with a coiled snake on it...a la 'Don't Tread On Me'... this was found on each of the previous victims, which, of course, labels Pat as a future victim!  Well, that's about all I'll go over here, in order to let you discover the end of this 'whodunnit'... but it's not that big a mystery that Pat and Ted have a happy ever after, y'all.  
Ginger and Talbot have a better overall chemistry in this one than in Thirteenth Guest, which is a natural progression upon subsequent 'pairings' with each other.
Some folks have suggested that this very movie was the 'inspiration' for 'The Thin Man' series...not sure about THAT, but there are some similarities in the interactions between the couples... but the plot, while a murder mystery, isn't nearly as 'complex' as any of the Thin Man films. 
Favorite Ginger Moments: Ginger is pretty much 'straight role' in this one, so her 'trademark' moves are all in this one...it's fun to pick up on all the different ones developing, such as the eyebrow raise, becoming close to perfected in this one... among others, as shown in the many caps to follow...

 ...First look at Pat, just after the nose dive by Harker...BTW, how cool is that lamp? I would LUV to have that one as a 'Gingerbilia' item...

...With Inspector Russell, who has a fairly dry sense of humor...

"...Hello, Mother?..."

"...yes...it's a murder/mystery film...you know, kinda like that one I did a few months ago over at Monogram..."

"...Well, no, there's no singing or dancing in it...it's a DRAMA, Ma..."

"...why aren't you over at RKO, dear? I've heard they have a few nice musicals coming up..."

"MAAA, listen! I'll do enough musicals down the road! For now, I'm trying to add some diversification to my resume!"

"...Hopefully I can get thru to QVC and tell them to take back this weird 'cat-vs.-boy' statuette thingie that Lelee ordered..."

 ...OK, back to the actual 'plot'... well, this is just the scene where Pat figures out Ted has used her info for his story...but DANG...newspapers used to be pretty honkin' back then..I mean you could float a Mini Cooper on that thing if it were folded completely out...

...OK, personal Huey injection...Ginger is just cute as ALL-get-out in this picture...I mean, that's just PAINFULLY cute...

...somewhat somber here, but still awesome...

...she is conversing with the inspector in this scene, basically sweet-talking her way out of a potential 'withholding information' rap with little or no trouble...

...and then it's on to the...well, morgue, to check out the dude who they thought was the killer, but is now the 'killee'...this is rare, to see Ginger in the back seat alone...well, that doesn't sound proper...the intent is that it's rare to see Ginger alone ANYWHERE...

...this is an interesting little sequence, as the inspector gives Pat the slip by jumping out, then back in the car...what's interesting is that Ginger was purt near (there's that phrase again, y'all...) tossed head over heels when the car came to a screeching halt... Ralph Nader would have had a field day back then, y'all...

 ...I think these two make a pretty fair 'on-screen' couple...would have been interesting to see them in a 'big-budget' together...

 ...and she's alone again...and seems a bit peeved...

 ...ah, that's better...

"...I can't believe this bill for that cat-dog-boy-child statue thing...grrrr..."

"...Look, I'm not even sure we ORDERED that... I'm thinking now that it was some type of prank...yes, a PRANK..."

"...and you just tell Ms. Hepburn that in the future, we will purchase our OWN gauche figurines! Good DAY!"

"...uh-oh...I just remembered that Lelee DID buy that statue...it shows up on her American Express Gold Card Statement here... she's been a member since 1897..."

 "...so, you see, Kate, it was all a big misunderstanding...we'll have a good laugh about this somewhere down the road... probably in a knitting circle or something... and thanks for returning it in one piece - Lelee would NEVER forgive me if something were to happen to it..."

 ...pow...right in the kisser...

"...that's funny...I don't remember THAT part of the script..."

 "...show me in this script where you are supposed to smooch me at the door..."

 "...listen, you can't just come in here and 'ad lib' stuff like that...I've got to get over to Universal by 4...or is it Paramount? I'll have to call mother again..."

 "...but overall, you're doing fine, kid...stick em' up!"

 ...so when's lunch?...

 "...so was it Paramount?"

 "...nope...Universal...they are teaming me up with some gooberhead I'm sure I'll end up falling for..."

...the 'warning' of impending doom for Pat...which gets me to thinking....if you DID want to 'snuff' someone out, WHY would you send them a 'warning'? Especially thru the U.S. Postal Service? Wouldn't that take, like, a week? And yes, that is a cigarette in Ginger's cute little fingers... I am not a fan of smoking, and Ginger quit it in the late 30's... I TRULY hope y'all don't smoke, or can quit... OK rant over.

"...we may could sell that thing on my etsy site..."

"...HEYYYY...wait a minute...this is the part when the dude shows up and hauls me off!"

" And there he is...wouldn't you know it...still 15 minutes before lunch...this scene is gonna take at LEAST an hour to run-thru..."

"...so I just head-butted that dude a few times, and he collapsed like the S&P 500..."

"...oh, I'm fine, Ma...just glad this little story is over with...yes, I'll get rolling on a musical somewhere soon..."

"...now, who in the WORLD would want to be in a musical with women hoofing on the wings of planes, Ma?"




Other Reviews:  
"Chief among the attractions of this diversion is the Rogers-Talbot characterizations of newspaper persons. They come very close to being life-like, and that is pretty miraculous for Hollywood...All in all, considering the title, an agreeable surprise." - New York Times
"It holds you all the way. Cast is far above average." -Hollywood Filmograph
"Ginger Rogers is exceptionally well-cast as the girl reporter." - Hollywood Screen World  
From GINGER: My Story: This is the only film I am aware of that Ginger does not mention in her bio...probably because of the impending collaboration with gooberhead Lew that is soon to follow, as she has a LOT to write about that timeframe... 
Miscellaneous Stuff:  
--- Although the production was from Allied Studios, the movie was actually shot on the RKO lot (well, ONE source notes this, so don't quote me on it...).
--- The black maid, portrayed by Louise Beavers, was erroneously noted in the opening credits as 'Louise Beaver".
--- Ginger's second teaming with Lyle Talbot, the first being The Thirteenth Guest, another 'low-budget' murder mystery. 
--- Ginger's character in both this one and The Thirteenth Guest are named 'Morgan'.
--- And, a pretty COOL feature from IMDb... the entire movie free for download! Check it out at this link:
A Shriek in the Night video feed

GingerFilm Ranking: #09 of 17...At the end, this one is just a bit better than 'The Thirteenth Guest', in terms of sheer Ginger 'face time', so it's just over that one in the rankings... her role is solid, but...'pedestrian' (i.e., minimal Sassyness). 
After Fourteen Reviews: 
#01 - Professional Sweetheart 
#02 - 42nd Street
#03 - The Tenderfoot
#04 - The Tip-Off
#05 - Queen High
#06 - Young Man of Manhattan
#07 - You Said A Mouthful
#08 - Carnival Boat
#09 - A Shriek in the Night
#10 - The Thirteenth Guest
#11 - Broadway Bad
#12 - Gold Diggers of 1933 
#13 - The Sap From Syracuse
#14 - Suicide Fleet
#15 - Follow The Leader
#16 - Honor Among Lovers
#17 - Hat Check Girl***
*** - Not viewed due to unavailability.

Up Next: Don't Bet on Love..Ginger stars with future gooberhead hubby Lew Ayres in a 'basic' rom-com about a dude who can't stop gambling...while trying to hang onto Ginger. Of course, this one is of interest to G-ologists, if only to observe how these two hit it off...

Until then, as always...

KIG, Y'all!!!

VKMfanHuey
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Monday, October 10, 2011

...Just a few pics...

...actually, I have jumped back on eBay (pray for my moderation in purchasing, please... :-]  ) - and found a few cool items - probably my fave of which is the following picture, of Ginger and Fred in later days...I just slap LUV this pic, y'all!
...I think if anyone had 'reservations' that these two didn't get along, this pic should quash that notion in short order.

Well, It's been a few, y'all...not sure why, guess I have been a bit busier than I thought... but I am raring to jump back into it here, and should have the next review up in a few days...I already have the 'bones' to it set up... it does take a few days to do the review, do 'caps', and sort out everything for the final post... not that I'm complaining or anything - it's really a perfect way to get 'max info' from each movie, and hopefully become that much closer to the title, 'Supreme-super-duper-grand-poo-bah-uber-Gingerologist' (yeah, that's gonna be tough to get on one of those little trophy nameplates).

Speaking of 'uber-G-ologists', here's hoping we get a few to attend the Ginger Century Exhibition in Boston on 10/24 and 10/25 (yeah, that's a huge sigh of despair emanating from the Hu-ster, knowing the impossibility of his attendance chances...)  Well, here's a link to it again, in case you missed it:

Ginger Rogers Century Exhibition - Boston 10-24 and 25

And, lastly, hope all of you are well out there! Hope to hear from y'all... jump on the replies for this post...we'll yak about whatever!

And, a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who follow!

KIG!

VKMfanHuey
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