...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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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

WB Archive is officially a Gingery entity...

...with ANOTHER Gingery offering, "Star of Midnight". This one stars Ginger and William Powell in a 'whodunnit' story, which MAY remind you a bit of another few movies Powell made... This one plays just like a 'Thin Man', but...not quite... it's a bit different to see Powell w/o Myrna, who make possibly the best on-screen couple EVAH (...well, in the top 5, for sure!...I won't tell ya where Ginger and Fred fall in that ranking...ya probably already know, right? :-] ) ...but it's a pretty enjoyable movie, even tho it's quite hard to keep up with, plot-wise...here's the bodacious link, y'all:

Star of Midnight - WB Archives

Here's a pretty cool pic of the two at lunch... I always wonder what Ginger's eating...any guess as to what the stuff at the top of her plate is? Perhaps some exotic meat loaf...
.heyyyyy...maybe the WB folks are fixing to hit us with a LARGE box set of the ones we don't have yet, like 'In Person', 'Vivacious Lady', '20 million Sweethearts', etc... too bad 'Hat check Girl' isn't an RKO film...they'd probably dig that out for us...(oh, FOX, are y'all out there??? hel-LOOOOO....) ...but it's awesome that they are REALLY increasing the number of available Gingerfilms...this is the SIXTEENTH WB Archive title for Ginger, which is a fair portion of her catalog... hope y'all can pick these up...not extremely expensive, pretty good quality...the only thing I'd like to see is a few 'special features'...I think a couple of them have some SFs, but most do not, as they are 'made-to-order' DVDs.

Well, the 'Change of Heart' review is dangerously close to wrapping up and being turned loose on the streets... so keep a eye out...

Until that magnifantastic time (hey, I think I just made that word up...COOL!),

KIG!

VKMfanHuey
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8 comments:

  1. As a BIG William Powell and Thin Man fan, this movie is one of my Ginger favorites. I do wonder why her films (like this one) get released in DVD overseas before WB gets around to doing so here.

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  2. thanks for posting this news i love Star of Midnight :)i had no idea it was out!! it is like The Thin Man just with Ginger but with a few different aspects. i actually saw Star of Midnight before The Thin Man it was the first time i ever saw William Powell in a film. i have seen Star of Midnight twice from it being on TV and i loved it i cannot wait to get the DVD

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  3. Speaking of Hat Check Girl (and before ya ask no i haven't found it) i was looking through websites earliar and found this http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=glgEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA30&dq=skiing+in+hat+check+girl+1932&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zr2hT_v-CMW-8APSxIXuCA&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=skiing%20in%20hat%20check%20girl%201932&f=false

    I'd seen it before a few years back but don't know if you've seen it?
    I'd love to think that someone somewhere has the movie but Fox claim not to have it in their archives, the AFI don't have it (i missed a flight once checking that out, i sprained my ankle in the rush lol) neither do Congress :( so i'm praying for someone's attic!

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  4. Hi FAGM,

    I remember that article for a couple of its inaccuracies. First it's not a silent film, and second though Ginger is always the star when we watch one of her movies, she is in fact third billed in this one. As for the movie itself, I think you will be the one who finds it. Someone I know on the internet says he actually saw it in a British theater years ago as part of a classic festival or some such thing. Have you looked in your attic? :)

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  5. I rather liked the inaccuracy of Ginger being the star haha, but agree not a silent movie. Maybe i should look then hehe, hmm i visited my local BFI archives and they said because it's an American movie they couldn't help (they did have some very cool christmas messgages for british film audiences in the late 1930s that included Ginger in them) but maybe it'd be worth a trip to London sometime to see if can dig further :)

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  6. Lady F: Didn't 'Return' have a view of HCG? Or am I just making stuff up again? eh, it's out there somewhere... it's supposedly got some pretty Gingery spots, even in a supporting role...

    MovieFreak: Same here with SOM...saw it prior to any Thin Man movies... it's good, but I need to watch it again to get the 'overall plot'... since the first few viewing of ANY ginger movie is spent...well, watching Ginger!

    F&GM: Good to hear of your tenacity regarding HCG-Quest! I know it's out there somewhere... hey we HAVE to have ONE to search out, right? Maybe the Fox folks will clean out some stuff and decide to release a few of the oldies to collect a few bucks... but it's incedible we have all EXCEPT that one...pretty awesome, especially when you read about all the films that have been 'presumed lost' forever...


    KIG, y'all!!!

    VKMfanHuey
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  7. Yes, Huey. "Return" was the one who saw it in the theater. I believe he told me the theater's name but it didn't mean anything to me, so if he did I've forgotten it. I would ask him again but sadly am out of touch.

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  8. ...well, at least that somewhat verifies there's a copy or two out there... just wish it would get in 'circulation'...maybe TCM can dig it up... but with it being a Fox movie, not sure if TCM can show it... but...FOX movie channel could... pretty neat that Fox is where the 'second highest' number of GingerFilms were made.
    Well, it will show up when we least expect it... and whoever does gets their Gingerology dues paid for a few years..on me. :-)

    Hu
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