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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.

GingerTelevision...

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...

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Have a Gingery Halloween, y'all!!!

from the snarling squirrels at Gingerology!

...still my favorite screen cap EVAH! One of these years I'll 'compile' all of the 'quirky' caps into a single post... well, there's not many Halloweengery pics, but...here's a few y'all probably already know:

...of course, the pic of Ginger and Mr. Ayres... Ginge just seems... a bit... tentative here...wonder what's up? Heck, this may well not even be a Halloween thing, but some kind of Western-themed event they attended... but, we'll keep it in this loop...


...well, lots of kids still dress up as 'superherores', so...we give you...SuperGinger!!! (which is of course redundant, but... just to identify this specific pic, it will be retained...)


...look who forgot to shave, eh? Not sure what this was all about - I think Ginger was an emcee somewhere and was 'emulating' the real host or whatever, who had a beard, it appears... again, most likely not Halloween, but...still pretty unusual...

Well... that's about all I could dig up...if y'all have any more Halloween pics of our girl, please post on your site (yes, I'm looking at you, GF11!)...

Hope y'all have a fun 'observance' of Halloween (er, it's NOT a 'holiday', y'all...not until we get off of work for it...) and stay safe! Of course, one must also...

Keep It Gingery!!!

Hu
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

...just touching base...

I've got a pretty big weekend, nothing 'big', really, just...full of rather smallish events... so post time will be pretty limited the next few days... mainly, I have some work from...work to get caught up on this weekend... AAANDDD, It IS football season, so, I have to trudge out to see my UAB Blazers play the East Carolina Pirates tonight... hope for the best, expect the worst... but it's fun, either way.

I have yet to start on Roberta...
 
...but looking forward to it! ...ya know, I'm not sure if this dress above is actually THE Roberta dress, since it doesn't have that metal brooch thingie on it... like the one below... 
 
 
...I think we've had a few conversations on that before... probably just added the bling for the dance... 
...I also know that the dress she wears in the 'I'll Be Hard To Handle' scene is the one she has on in our beloved Gingerology header pic...so, yeah, I guess this film is a pretty dang Gingery one, in the 'pre-analysis' of it...stay tuned...
 
Hope all of Y'ALL are having a great weekend thus far...it's PERFECT weather here in South Gingerville...hope it's the same for you, wherever your Gingery self may be...
 
Until then, as they say down on the Rogue River Ranch...
 
...Keep It Gingery!!!
 
Hu
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

...so near, but yet...

...so far...

"...well, WHAT?" you may ask... Well, how's about this...
The stage musical production of "Backwards and in High Heels", which chronicles Ginger's career, is currently playing well within driving distance of your humble author, in the small town of Crossville, Tennessee, which is about an hour or so north of Chattanooga, which is about 2 hours from the 'Ham.

Here's the info on it:

Backwards and in High Heels at CC Playhouse

In general, the reviews seem pretty good for it...of course, any Gingerologist would probably pick it apart as to the 'creative license' taken at times, which probably works well for the play, but would still just be... an issue, right? Overall, tho, should be great fun for folks who study the beautiful science of Miss Ginger Rogers!

...now, as for the probability of Hu actually getting to see a performance of said show... well...this time of year is pretty hectic with kids...and my work is 'picking up' (which is ALWAYS a good thing), and it seems every weekend is booked for other things in the Huey household... which is fine, of course, but... I'm still wondering if there's an...angle, so to speak... to maybe get to a performance of this thing before it ends on November 2nd...  stay tuned... if it doesn't happen, who knows...the 'company' may land somewhere even closer to my current coordinates...probably pretty unlikely, tho...

ANYWAY, if any of y'all are in this general area, and are interested, AND if ya get to check it out, please report back to us with a review of the show!

...in other Gingery news, the info for the Ginger 'filmblogs' is starting to fill in...all of the reviews up to now are now 'tabbed' on the respective filmblog, as well as ALL screenCAPS done to this point (Romance in Manhattan is the last one to date...)... so there's progress there...

...and, of course, 'Roberta' is next on the docket...haven't even STARTED it yet, unfortunately... but soon...soon...

Until that splindiferous day,

KIG!!!

Hu
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Monday, October 8, 2012

...They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus...

...but ho-ho-ho...who's got the last laugh now???
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Happy Columbus Day, y'all!!! ....Aren't we supposed to be off of work or something?

KIG!

Hu
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

GingerFilms That Weren't, Part One: Mother Carey's Chickens

Well, hiya, G-ologists! This is the first of (hopefully) a series of posts that will occur every now and again on Gingerology, regarding films that Ginger was pegged for at one time or another, but, for whatever reason, she did not end up in... lots of material here, folks... the more you research this stuff, the more you see that Ginger was a pretty hot 'commodity' for RKO in the mid-to-late 30s... like I have to tell Y'ALL that...

Anyway, this 'installment' concerns itself with the somewhat ill-fated production of "Mother Carey's Chickens", which was based on the novel written by Kate Douglas Wiggin in 1911(!)...she also penned the classic "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm".
Although there is a bit of 'variance' regarding Ginger's history with this film, here's the version that sounds best to me, as Lead Gingerologist...SO, here goes...
 ...the small print on this 'promo' reads, "Memories of "Little Women!" Again the sweet sensation of sheer loveliness glorifies the screen! Our studio believes, that here, at last, is the story of tender emotion, love and tears, destined to replace in the world's affections that picture of happy theatre memory..."

The treatment was picked for Ginger as early as 1936 by the RKO brass, and was to be her first lead role in a film sans Astaire (Star of Midnight and Romance in Manhattan each featured Ginger quite well, but not as the 'official' lead role; In Person does, but is not a 'drama', rather a comedy with music and dance...whatever ya wanna call that (I call it an awesome movie... 'Don't Mention Love To Me' just...is IT, y'all...) (digressing...))

It was reported that Ginge had even dyed her hair a more...well, Gingery shade for the role - a full four years prior to her hair color transformation in Primrose Path - so it appears that she was ready to roll with production. However, if anyone out there knows the saga of RKO upper management at the time (well, heck, for its entire EXISTENCE, for that matter...), there was a heap of shuffling in top brass, and each one with different 'philosophies'...and priorities. As a result (most likely), this treatment was 'shelved' for a few years, while Ginger whirled away with Fred...pretty dang hard to argue with that business model...
So, by the time someone pulled this one back off the shelf in early 1938, Ginger had advanced her career quite nicely, thank ya very much, and had even 'headlined' a few more movies, albeit not 'dramas' (Having Wonderful Time and Vivacious Lady)...so there were a lot more treatments being batted about for her, and this one just wasn't in the mix at that point...

Now, SOMEWHERE along this timeline, our ol' buddy Kate Hepburn was also tapped by RKO to take on the role (evidently when Ginger was slated for 'other projects (i.e., going full-bore with GandF films))...well, this was about the same time she was being labeled as 'box office poison' (she had just wrapped Bringing Up Baby for RKO, which was not well-received in its initial run), which she attributed to substandard roles offered up by RKO... and this script was deemed 'substandard' enough that she bought out her RKO contract and shuffled off to Columbia...Pictures, that is...  it's more than a bit interesting that the 'promo' above cites Little Women for comparison...
SO, where did that leave this film? Well, the role was eventually taken by Anne Shirley, as Nancy Carey... additionally, Ginger's bud from a few years back, Ruby Keeler, played the sister role in the film. Here's the link to TCM's info regarding the movie:

Mother Carey's Chickens


 The book, "The Films of Ginger Rogers" by Homer Dickens, also sheds light on the backstory to this movie. I haven't watched it, but plan to...always interesting to see a film which Ginger was originally 'thought of' for the role...

...Also, thanks to the cool blog, MCMXXXVIII by Mark Thom, for info regarding the 'Ginger angle' of the film's history, and general info regarding the eventual film...
***edited 11-09-12...thanks to GF (as usual) for digging up this awesome pic of Ginger in the 'MCC dress'...

Well, hope this has been an interesting post for ya... not 100% sure about all the pics of Ginger, but it appears the first few are 'dead-on' what the 'promo' pic looks like... the next to last one...not quite as much (seems like that one is from In Person...)...but seems to generally match the previous pics quite well, so... 'nuff said.

As for the Roberta review, that's 'in development'...actually, I've been adding stuff to the 'GingerFilmBlogs', primarily screen caps and any other files I have regarding the film in question...yeah, I'm generally setting up 'clouds', but hopefully will be of interest to y'all out there... I think I made it up to Don't Bet on Love...dang, it takes a fair amount of time to 'transfer' stuff... but it's getting there!

In the meantime, y'all...

KIG!

Hu
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