This Day in GINGEROLOGY - March 25th
1875: Spencer Charters, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tenderfoot” (as Oscar), “Romance in Manhattan” (as Marriage License Clerk). “Star of Midnight” (as Hotel Doorman), “In Person” (as Parson Calverton Lunk), “Vivacious Lady” (as Man Shaving on Train), and “Kitty Foyle” (as Father – scenes deleted), was born in Duncannon, Pennsylvania.
1880: Allan Cavan, who starred with Ginger in the film “The Thirteenth Guest” (as Uncle Wayne Seymour), was born in Concord, California.
1896: Ray Enright (born Raymond E. Enright), who directed the Ginger films “The Tenderfoot” and “Twenty Million Sweethearts”, was born in Anderson, Indiana.
1969: Alan Mowbray, who starred with Ginger in the film “In Person” (as actor Jay Holmes), died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 72.
2010: Ginger is Star of the Month on TCM, which aired “Having Wonderful Time”, “Fifth Avenue Girl”, “In Person”, “Twenty Million Sweethearts”, “Upper World”, “Romance In Manhattan”, “Star Of Midnight”, and “Perfect Strangers”.2015: MoMA screened “A Night in a Dormitory (short)” and “The First Traveling Saleslady” as part of its series “Acteurism: Ginger Rogers”.
...REMEMBER - The LAST segment of the Palm Springs Antiques Roadshow will be shown Monday, March 27th - It MUST be the one with Roberta Olden getting a piece of Ginger's furniture appraised... so check it OUT!!! (It's a cool show anyway, so...WATCH!) ... On PBS... see local listings for times... AND, I have noticed that the shows may be 'streamed' from the PBS website at any time after they are aired, so... COOL!
Next GingerFilm(s) (on TCM - all times Eastern):
April 4-5, 2017 @ 12:00 A.M. Fifth Avenue Girl
April 8, 2017 @ 10:45 P.M. Black Widow
April 10, 2017 @ 8:00 P.M. - Tales of Manhattan
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':
None Currently Scheduled...
Sunday, September 2, 2012
...Ginger has been downgraded!!!!
...here's the deal (and BTW, a big THANKS to Katie (a.k.a. the Florida OGRE) for tipping me off to this troubling info)...
Mr. James Collier, a wealthy philanthropist (...er, probably not many poor philanthropists floating around) donated a GOB of money to the theater...awesome - great! I would have done the exact same thing!!! We have a few old theaters in town I wish I could totally bankroll...they are priceless!
As a result of Mr. Collier's awesome donation, the theater administration decided to change their name to "The Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts"... which is perfectly fine...except...the theater is already named for someone.
I've never really understood why a structure which is named for someone can be 'renamed' for someone else, and the original 'honoree' just tossed out... maybe I'm a 'traditionalist' or something... of course, there are always 'extenuating circumstances', such as when a person honored becomes controversial or has a scandal (see Joe Paterno)...that is why I think a building or structure probably shouldn't be named for anyone until they are no longer with us... but, then again, it was pretty cool that Ginger got to see the theater 'dedicated' to her...so maybe that's a 'waffling' issue for me, ultimately...
Well, back to the topic proper...heck, here's the 'news' from the theater site regarding the name change:
Craterian Theater changes name
...er, why couldn't they just say the "Collier-Rogers Theater"? Well of course, PREFERABLY, The Rogers-Collier Theater? That's how football stadiums (around here, anyway) do it... Alabama has "Bryant-Denny Stadium", Auburn has "Jordan-Hare Stadium", etc. - which seems OK to me. But in pro sports, nearly all of the traditional stadiums are now named for corporations, not individuals...which seems quite a bit more shaky to me (see Enron).
If I were to give gobs of money to anything, I think I would prefer my name were NOT on it...in fact, I would have made the stipulation in this case that it would ALWAYS be known as the Ginger Rogers Theater!
However, they did keep the memory of Ginger's impact of the area in the form of "The Ginger Rogers Stage at The...yada yada yada..." - so, that's something...and as a performer, that is probably a fitting tribute.
But of course, the 'downgrading' just does not sit that well with Gingerologists... if anything, I thought it would be cool to see a GingerFilm at the Ginger Rogers Theater...now, eh, still a cool place, but, just not quite as...Gingery.
Now, after reading through the statement on their website, it may have been that, since the theater is becoming more of a performing arts and culture center, that they MAY have thought the Ginger name was not quite as 'fitting' for an 'arts and culture center'...really? Let's hope this was not the case...but it does make ya wonder...
OK, well, rant over...for now... but, if ya feel froggy, maybe jump onto the theater's website and leave some Gingery feedback (just keep it 'classy'...like our girl)...I haven't yet, but...probably will soon.
Hope y'all have an otherwise Gingery weekend!!! Yes, the R.I.M. review is still plodding along...I have a couple of tests next Saturday (09/08), so studying for those...but after that, will have the review out...looking pretty good...there are just oodles (there's that word again) of incredible GingerCaps...this one is really amonst the top of the heap, as far as GingerFilms to date!
It is my hope that I can continue to make 'G-ology' interesting and informative regarding the 'Beautiful Science' of VKM, which is SUCH a great topic!!! ...And remember, your comments are what make Gingerology click - so keep cranking them out!
Thanks again, JW