...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...


Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Rafters Fall In...

...On our fair Miss Mary!!!

Here's the 'sequence' of the 'ol "saw the bed down to where it collapses" routine in 'Rafter Romance' (wouldn't it have been easier to just take a few of the slats out?) ...but this is just a neat little deal, and if you scroll down these properly, it sorta (...kinda...(maybe...)) looks like a video!

OK, Miss Rogers, pick yourself up, dust ya pretty little ol' self off, and hop on over to Finishing School, where we will all be in a few days with another HueyReview... until then, hope everyone has a Mighty Powerful Weekend (MPW?), exceedingly full of awesome GINGERYNESS!!!

KIG, y'all!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Look Who's Seventy Today...

...none other than Miss Roxie!!! Twentieth-Century - Fox released the film "Roxie Hart" on February 20, 1942. I love Ginger in ANYTHING she committed to celluloid, duh - but yeah, I've got faves...and Miss Rox is without ANY doubt one of my FAVORITE faves, y'all...the gal who became a national pastime! I can watch this movie ANYTIME, ANYPLACE...it's just over 70 minutes, is wall-to-wall Ginger, and is her funniest film, period.
Ginger really gets into this character, as a pretty ditsy but also pretty feisty flapper gal who becomes involved in a case of...shall we say "intentional mistaken identity" in the murder of a fellow in her apartment...her gooberhead hubby really killed the dude, but the press guys hanging around talk her into 'taking the rap', thus gaining instant celebrity (unfortunately, times don't change much...see Nancy Grace for proof...). Well, here's how Ginger describes the film in her bio: "Roxie Hart is a gum-chewing, wise-cracking dancer who confesses to a murder committed by her husband, just so she can get publicity." "...Roxie Hart was really a satire, and way ahead of its time."
...Now, we've had a few discussions in the past here on G-ology regarding Roxie's hairstyle ...a lot of folks just don't care for it... but, ya know what? After getting 'used' to it, I just slap LOVE it! I mean, it's generally what you'd call a 'hot mess' hairstyle today, right? well, maybe a bit more 'frizzy', but, dang, it just WORKS... even the little 'curly-Q' side-burn deal is OK...  AAANNNDDD, most importantly, it defines Roxie as...ROXIE! Once you get over the fact that this ISN'T Amanda Cooper, Dale Tremont, or heck, even Kitty Foyle, but Roxie Hart, the quintessential gangsta-flapper-gal, the hair becomes an integral part of that character.
Well, as a bit of 'backup', here's Ginger's take on the 'do from her bio: "At the time, I was redyeing myself for Roxie, and was wearing the pageboy bob hairstyle Louise Miehle had designed for me in 1937. I loved the style's simple lines, and so did all the secretaries in America, who began sporting the pageboy."
...and, to me, Ginger's comedic chops are just insane in this film...she has some of the funniest moments I've seen from her, or heck, from ANYONE, for that matter... for example, in the scene where she and her lawyer Billy Flynn (Adolphe Menjou) are 'collaborating' their story for the trial, he tells her to be 'demur'... and she promptly scoots her hemline up to reveal those gams... when he asks her if she knows what 'demur' means, she barks back with a raised eyebrow,"CERTAINLY..."...then pauses and chirps, "...what?" It doesn't translate that well in print, but the scene is classic... and another collaboration with Flynn where they describe how the crime 'went down', and how Roxie decided that "everything went...PURPLE!"...the way Ginger sticks out her jaw when saying, 'purple' is, again, classic.

Interesting Roxie Stuff:
- The role of Roxie was generally based on an actual 1924 Chicago murder trial, of Beulah Annan.

- The original Broadway play Chicago opened at the Music Box Theater on December 30, 1926, and ran for 172 performances.

- Roxie Hart is the second of three movies made regarding the story; the silent film Chicago was released in 1927 on the heels of the Broadway run, with Phyllis Haver in the role of Roxie; and the recent edition of Chicago in 2002, with Renee Zellweger as Miss Hart.

- Another musical based on the story was rolled out in 1975, also called Chicago; Gwen Verdon played Roxie, with Liza Minnelli taking over for her later; the show ran for 936 performances.

- The 1975 production was revived in 1996, and it has been rolling ever since, with currently over 6,200 performances, making it the longest-running musical revival ever, and the fourth longest-running show ever.

- Actresses who have assumed the role of Roxie in the revival include Ann Reinking, Brooke Shields, Ruthie Henshall, Samantha Harris, Bebe Neuwirth, Michelle Williams, Melora Hardin, Ashlee Simpson, Melanie Griffith, and Christie Brinkley.

- The original story was a good bit more salacious than the Hays Office would allow in the early 40's (and probably a bit more than Ginger would have wanted, as well); here's the synopsis of the musical from Wikipedia, which explains it pretty well:
Chicago - The Musical - Wiki Info

- The role was to be played in this movie by Alice Faye, but she had 'a date with the stork', as Ginger so nicely put it in her bio.

- During production, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.

- This was Ginger's first 'non-RKO' movie since 1934's The Gay Divorcee, which started a run of 20 consecutive Radio Pictures between it and Roxie

- Director Stanley Kubrick listed Roxie Hart as one of his ten all-time favorite films. Welcome to the club, Stan...welcome to the club...
And, to end up this Roxie-thon, a couple of clips...the first one is pretty familiar to Gingerologists, but it's just too cool not to leave it off of this post...it is the 'deleted Charleston scene' from Roxie, which is ultimately the closest Ginger ever got to doing the Charleston in an actual movie... STILL not sure why they cut this out...would have been awesome to show Roxie dancing at first, then sneaking into the apartment... maybe it was to leave a bit of 'uncertainty' as to whether Roxie was actually out dancing, or if she actually DID pull the trigger, then jump on the fire escape to hide...hmmm... anyway, this clip is mandatory for ALL G-ologists:

...and now, Roxie doing the 'metal stairs' tap routine...if I had to show ya the essence of Roxie in under 3 minutes, this clip could probably not be topped...it shows her spunk, her ditsyness, her allure, and in general, her...ROXIENESS! Here's the story from Ginger once again: "Since Roxie was supposed to be a dancer, I thought I should work a little tap routine into the proceedings and found a perfect spot for it. Roxie is in jail and I wanted to do my dance on metal stairs. Truly, I'd always wanted to do taps on a metal staircase, because I knew the taps would have a good, resounding sound. Twentieth Century-Fox didn't have a metal staircase on hand and had to go to a good deal of trouble to locate one. It was finally found in the wreckage from a demolished building in downtown Los Angeles. It was worth the effort; the tap sequence was a pure joy to do and, I'm happy to say, a pure joy to watch. The stairs tempted everyone on the set. You'd hear clicks and clacks at odd times, and when you looked, you'd see a cameraman or a prop man or a production assistant trying out the staircase. Years later, when Roxie Hart was turned into the stage musical Chicago, Gwen Verdon told me how sad she was that she was not going to be able to dance on a metal staircase."
Well, once again, Happy Seventieth to Miss Hart, who REALLY could be my FAVE Ginger character EVAH...yeah, I know, I know, I said that about Kitty as well, so...well, let's just say that Kitty and Roxie would be an interesting meeting... it's gonna be a tough call between those two in the 'grand rankings' of GingerFilm reviews...but we'll sort it out, right?

KIG, y'all!!!  (AND, give it that ol' Roxie Moxie! :-]  )


Saturday, February 18, 2012

The results are in...

...a pretty close race for 'Top Cap' - but in the end, it was...
#1.....'The Tenderfoot' - with 8 votes

#2.....'Chance at Heaven' - with 7 votes

and #3.....'Flying Down to Rio' - with 6 votes.

'Follow The Leader' received two votes, and '42nd Street', 'Gold Diggers of 1933' and 'Sitting Pretty' each received a single vote.

Thanks for participating...and hope y'all have a VERY Gingery President's Day Weekend!!! Are any of y'all off Monday? I am, and school's out, so... a pretty nice situation. Be on the lookout for the 'Finishing School' review...hopefully sometime this weekend.
...and just to 'throw this out there', these series of films Ginger made between 'Rio' and "Divorcee' find her toggling back and forth between being a good girl (as Mary was in Rafter Romance) and...well, a bad girl...this next one is definitely on the 'bad girl' side of things...
...Ginger's next film, 'Twenty Million Sweethearts', portrays her as...well, a sweetheart!
But then the very next feature, 'Change of Heart', has Ginger as a conniving 'mantrap'...
...finally, 'Upper World' has Ginger as a generally sweet girl who happens to be tied up with a criminal, thus she does have an 'edge', so it's an 'up and down' role in that sense... that leads us into 'The Gay Divorcee', where Ginger's Mimi gives her pursuer (Guy) all kinds of fits...better get used to that, Freddie...

So, just some 'thumbnails' of the next few reviews heading our way...should prove to be interesting ones.

Until then, as we say down on the river (the Rogue River, of course...)



Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rafter Romance 'After-Review'...

OK, here's a few pics I didn't get into the main review...I took, oh, about 180 caps, so...still quite a few to pick from... no 'comments' for these, just let the pictures do the incredible talking...
...and there ya go... well, there's still some more, which I will probably post in a day or two, regarding the 'collapsed bed' scene... anyway, hope ya dig the 'outtakes' from the RR screen caps... off to work on the review for "Finishing School"... A Gingerologist's work is never done...ain't it COOL??? :-]

KIG, y'all!!!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ginger Rogers Film Review #21 - Rafter Romance

(September 1, 1933 - RKO Radio Pictures) 

Run Time (approximate): 73 Minutes 
Directed by: William Seiter. 
Assistant Director (Second Unit): Doran Cox. 
Producer: Alexander McKaig. 
Executive Producer: Merian C. Cooper. 
Associate Producer: Kenneth MacGowan. 
Screenplay: H. W. Hanemann and Sam Mintz. 
Adaptation: Glenn Tryon. 
Based on an Novel by: John Wells. 
Cinematography by: David Abel. 
Art Directors: Van Nest Polglase, John Hughes and Kenneth Holmes (props). 
Editor: James B. Morley. 
Assistant Editor: Henry Berman. 
Sound Recorder: Hugh McDowell Jr. 
Musical Director: Max Steiner. 
Assistant Sound Recordists: Victor B. Appel and Harold Stein. 
Costumer: Bernard Newman. 
Makeup: Mel Burns.
Still Photographer: John Miehle.
Special Effects Supervisor: Harry Redmond Sr.
Also Starring: Norman Foster (as Jack Bacon), George Sidney (as Max Eckbaum), Robert Benchley (as H. Harrington Hubbell), Laura Hope Crews (as Elise Peabody Whittington Smythe), Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams (as Fritzie), Sidney Miller (as Julius Eckbaum).
UNCREDITED CAST: Ferike Boros (as Rosie Eckbaum), June Brewster (as Blonde Telemarketer), Wong Chung (as Chinese Waiter), Ellen Corby (as Telemarketer), June Gittelson (as Bobbie Finklestein - Telemarketer), Ben Hendricks Jr. (as Mike - Counterman), Bud Jamison (as Morton McGillicuddy), Charles King (as Sidewalk Superintendent), Mary MacLaren (as Office Supervisor), Jerry Mandy (as Italian Flower Seller), William Orlamond (as Gus - Grocer) and Bert Roach (as Drunken Tenant).           
Ginger's Character: Mary Carroll.
Ginger's 'Screen Time': Approximately 38 Minutes and 8 Seconds (52.2% of the film).
GingerTunes: none.
Gingery Goodness Factor (GGF) - (1-10): 9.0 - I REALLY like Ginger in this one...she definitely has her moments of sassiness in it... but also has the romantic side, the comedic side (her babbling on with the refrigerator 'sales pitch' is pretty funny to me...), and also the 'melodramatic' side...as well as some 'pre-code'-ness (the 'shower scene',of course... :-P ). The only way it would have been better is if it would have had a GingerTune or two...not sure how those could have been worked in, however.
Film Quality (1-10): 8.0 - TCM archives - pretty good restored copy.
Huey's Review for GINGEROLOGY: Ginger's last movie of 1933 (more or less...Ginger sez '34 in her book, but...hey, it was a LONG time ago, OK?) has her squarely in the spotlight...she is the LEAD character in this one, with Norman Foster as HER love interest. For THAT, it earns lots of 'Huey Points'...but her character ultimately is what carries this one to the top of the list to date.
...Speaking of that character, Mary Carroll is a 'down-on-her-luck' lass in Big Bad New York City, during the Great Depression no less (...shouldn't it have been something like the 'Horrific Depression' instead?) - and she is well behind on her rent. This specific problem is about to be 'addressed' by her surprisingly cordial landlord, Mr. Eckbaum (George Sidney). Eck has a dude who lives in the attic area of his brownstone, where there's lots of space...enough for two different tenants. 
As it happens, the belfry dweller, Jack Bacon (Norman Foster), is also behind on his rent...hm, let's see, he HAS a job as a night watchman, but wants to be an artist... and Mary has just landed a 'day job' as a refrigerator telemarketer (dang, that's a long title...how bout 'ref-tele'?), so... Eckbaum has an idea... to free up a room for rent, he moves Mary up to the attic... she has it by night, Jack has it by day...and since both are in the red, there's not much negotiation with the Eckster. Now, Eck COULD have slapped up a few partition walls and made two separate sleeping units, but...what fun would THAT be? 
Well, as Mary settles in, over the next few days it is obvious neither party is too thrilled about the arrangement, and proceed to write nasty notes to each other, along with pranks (seems like Mary gets the worst of it...). Well, all this occurs without the two EVER seeing each other...or DO they? Well, of course they do... as they meet in the 'non-Eckbaum' world, and fall in love, naturally. 
But alas, love is always convoluted, at best...Mary and Jack both have 'baggage', from different, yet equally annoying angles... Jack's antagonist is a old rich sot-ess named Elise Peabody Whittington Smythe (Laura Hope Crews), who somehow has been hooked up with Jack in the past (don't ask, don't tell...) - he is an aspiring artist, and Elise is wanting to er, 'mentor' him, and 'subsidize' his artistic career...but he isn't ready for THAT level of sacrifice... speaking of sacrifice, Mary has begrudgingly given in (to a point, anyway) to HER 'thorn in the side', her new boss, H. Harrington Hubbell (Robert Benchley), who is as much of a wolf as it gets... and Mary is obviously the prettiest little lamb in his flock (it's no coincidence that the 'gate' at the entry to the telemarketing offices looks exactly like a fence-line...) .
Well, Mary and Jack eventually get it together enough to have an official 'date', albeit a free one, courtesy of Mary's company picnic. Upon arrival in some VERY funky-looking buses, MandJ shuffle off to a non-occupied area (Jack ain't no fool) and immediately get to know each other....better. Well, all those pleasantries they exchanged ate up the clock, and they are left behind... (er, and the problem with THAT is???)  - anyway, they hitch a ride back into town - Jack has waxed his foot whilst toting Mary across a stream (hey, if you're gonna rack up, what better way?), so she helps him into his 'residence'...and that's the 'watershed moment', as Mary knows Jack is her 'attic antagonist' and hits the literal roof... soon all parties involved (Eck, Elise, HHH) congregate in the attic to hash things out... but there's no big surprise at the end, as Mary and Jack return to their exchanging of pleasantries...
It would have been cool to stretch this one out a bit by letting Mary leave Jack in the attic without revealing that she is the 'other tenant'...so that SHE knows the situation, but he doesn't... could have been interesting few scenes to follow...the 'pleasantries' would have been somewhat 'muted', no? Anyway, they liked to wrap films up in less than 90 minutes back then, so... there ya go. Still my fave Ginger Film to this point in the chronological reviews.
Favorite Ginger Moments: It appears that Ginger's bonnets will be the topic of discussion here, as she dons quite a few 'unique' ones in this film. Also, the captions for some of the pics below are in italics...those comments are just 'asides' from Huey...NOT part of the 'alternate dialogue'...hope that makes it a bit clearer... OK - off we go!
 ...GingerGams...can't think of a better way to kick off the proceedings...

 ...I've got a new gig at a hat store, Mr. Hogg..."Chapeau Nouveau"...

...in my day, ladies didn't wear hats...they wore BABUSHKAS!

 ...well, Boss Hogg isn't too happy, but, here I am, ready to hawk some bonnets!

...so, I just have to call all these folks and ask them out of the blue if they are interested in joining our "Hat-of-the-Month Club"... that shouldn't be too hard - folks love to get unsolicited phone calls from the retail sector, right?

 ...Oh, by the way...this practice IS legal, isn't it?

...Hello? Yes, this is...

 ...WHOA! What's with all that STATIC?

 ...Here, let me call our IT department...Miss Clara Bow's in charge over there...

 ...Ging just looks so cool traversing flights of stairs, y'all...

 ...since you are now gainfully employed, I'm moving you up to the penthouse suite...

 ...ahhh, the raised eyebrow...maybe I should keep a count of those in future movies, as they are a fore-bearer of Gingery wrath...

 ...and the chucking of stuff - there's a few of those in here also...

 ...I'll stay in the belfry, Hogg, but I'm NOT settling for basic cable...

...Mary visits the World's Largest Earthworm Exhibit...

...Excuse me, miss - do you where I can get my hands on some quality millinery?

...er...as a matter of fact I... wait, WHAT?

...in addition to extensive line of fine ladies' hats, we also have top hats, derbys, Stetsons...

...well, see, I'm not really buying them for ME... they're for my crazy rich aunt...

...yeah, we've all got a few of those lying around, don't we?

...well, she's a hoarder...she's not into the hats as much as the hatboxes...

...well, maybe I can round up some spare boxes for you without sacrificing product...those hoarders tend to leave open jars of peanut butter lying around their domiciles, which would tend to make any returns nigh to impossible...

...well, that's fine...listen, here's what needs to happen now...I wanna hold your hand...

...so you see, you CAN write all of the trigonometric equations on the palm of your hand...got me thru Trig II back at Yale, baby...

...OK...how insanely cute is Ginger here? HMMMM???

...whatdaya mean, she doesn't have any more ROOM? SHE'S a HOARDER!!!

...well, toss some of that old crap out and MAKE some more room!!! 

...I've already got your order IN for a DOZEN sombreros...talk about your honkin' HATBOXES...

 ...meanwhile, I have to put up with this rube who anonymously cohabits this attic with me, and writes freakish poems on pieces of discarded butcher paper...

 ...a hat toss - Ginger's hair is just so killer here...and don't get me started on the 'back shot'...

...ah, the shower cap cap...yupyupyup...  

...someone is in for it, y'all...

...yes, I know bowlers are in fashion now, but we don't have any in stock...

...blah blah blah on the other end...

...how about this...let's drop you like Gerry Cooney...

 ...I'm calling Boss Hogg to make sure that yutz in the attic is outta there...I have to get ready for the Barn Dance with the ol' slickster tonight...

...Again a descent down the stairs...have you ever seen a dream walking, indeed...

...is this a hat or a headband? Ginger is not amused, it appears...

 ...Allright, Fritzie, keep the fried egg talk to a minimum this time, OK?

 ...Ginger's gorgeous even when in distress...

 ...HEY FRITZIE! How's yer ol' lady fixed for bonnets?

...I'll eat my hat if these guys make it out of this hole in one piece...

...I'll accept a lunch date at the drop of a hat, especially when the request is done with hat in hand...

...if you don't have enough bones to get out of this place, we can always pass the hat around... and don't worry, I won't tell Boss Hogg... I'll just keep it under my hat...

 ...I just pulled these out of my hat...you know this romantic stuff is pretty old hat with me, babe...

 ...pretty neat you can see Ginger's reflection in the mirror...which proves she's not a vampire...although...a GingerVampire would be pretty cool...and a force to reckon with, to be sure...Freddie could be a very slight version of Frankenstein who could dance (think of the 'Young Frankenstein' dance routine)... and Edward Everett Horton cameos as the neurotic Mummy...but I digress...

 ...wait a minute...

 ...do you smell brimstone?

...why, lookee who's invaded my loft...it's Mama Hogg, wanting to mooch free hat samples off of me...

...and STAY out, you pill-box-wearing lush!!!

...interesting to see the resiliency of flowers in action...

...and ANOTHER toss by Ging...she's gonna have tennis elbow if she doesn't watch it...

...Here's a Sunday afternoon for ya...pretty sweet scene...I dig weeping willows, as just an aside...see, you learned something today...

...ah, Ginger floating carefree amongst the mallards...
...just think, Jack...we could open up our own haberdashery in mid-town...

...with all types of hats, scarves, handkerchiefs, neckties...heck, even babushkas...

 ...just don't forget those cool toboggans with the big dingle ball on top of it...and with the ear-flaps with strings hanging down...

  ...well, these cats just trashed the place and vamoosed... guess we're stuck in this godforsaken wilderness...I'll break out the pith helmets...

...so, what are we telling Mr. Hogg?

...I'm not worried about it...he doesn't know the difference between a fedora and a fez...

...whoa, what's with the hat? Is this Rafter Romance or ROOSTER Romance? (Sorry, Ging, I couldn't resist...)

...but, it's the cutest chicken hat on this side of recorded history...

...what about helmets? You know, for football, softball...

...hey, maybe I should start wearing a helmet when I play tennis...Kate always seems to be aiming for my noggin'...

...er, I need a bandage, not a tourniquet...ow...

 ...yeah, pop...er, Mr. Hogg - Mary's going into business with me - she has lots of knowledge in the ways of hats...well, not sure about the one she's donning at the present, but...

...wait a minute...POP??? You mean to tell me Hogg is your DADDY???
...Daddy? NO! I mean, well, that is, er...
...hey, I guess he IS my dad...
...and he DELIBERATELY moved me in this non-habitable rafter space in order to get me to 'get to know' you...is THAT IT???
...Hi, Ma...
...and SHE's your MOTHER? OY!!!!
...Oh, I like this one, Jimmy...she has plenty of spunk...
...Listen, Mary...I was gonna tell you about my folks, but...they have to keep all that under wraps...you know, with that second family Hogg has living in the general office and all...
...we're not sure WHERE that Julius kid came from...
...but hey, it won't affect us - we're gonna rake in the dough with the new Haberdashery...now of course you'll have to warm up to that slime-ball boss of yours in order to secure a decent stock of lids for the shop...
 ...I told him to pick you up for the Ziggys at 6:30..is that OK, Sweetie?

...and to wrap this one up on a more 'happy' note, just remember... even bald, Ginger is still...GINGER!
Other Reviews:  
"Essentially a comedy, it is light and pleasant all the way through. A well-developed love interest angle is worked in. Good old-fashioned hokum is effectively used. There is just a trace of contrasting drama that concentrates audience sympathy on the central characters... Situations being evenly balanced, the main theme is continually predominant. The cast's best names are Ginger Rogers and Laura Hope Crews. The show itself rather than names probably will be the most effective selling material." - Motion Picture Herald
From GINGER: My Story: ...Ditto on this one, regarding Ginger's 'silence' on it... well, to be fair, the period between 'Rio' and 'Gay Divorcee' is not as 'hashed over' in her memoirs...but, something tells me Ginger had more fun with this one than in the 'Chance at Heaven' debacle... 
Miscellaneous Stuff:
--- Ginger replaced Dorothy Wilson in the role of Mary Carroll (Miss Wilson had quite a few films lined up (see last review miscellaneous stuff)).
--- Norman Foster replaced Joel McCrea in the role of Jack Bacon.
--- Ginger and Norm's third 'coupling', with Norm batting .667 (2-out-of-3) with regards to a 'happy ending' with Ginger...but don't feel TOO bad for him in that one 'strikeout', as he DID end up with Claudette Colbert in that one (Young Man of Manhattan)...
--- Laura Hope Crews would later play 'Aunt PittyPat' in Gone With the Wind
--- The Hollywood Reporter mag said prior to production that Lew Ayres was to be Jack Bacon, to make a second film with Ginger - this would have been pretty cool, but then again, Norm makes a pretty fair Mr. Bacon.
--- An interesting scene that has historical 'foreboding' is where Eckbaum's son Julius is 'doodling' swastikas on the wall, citing them as 'good luck', and Eckbaum proceeds to whomp him up side the head...showing that even in 1933, there was enough awareness of the growing menace of the Nazi Party, and its anti-Semitic agenda.
--- On a lighter general note, this film may well have been the first to delve into that occupation we all know and love, telemarketing...oof. 
---in 2007, TCM 're-premiered' Rafter Romance, the first time in over 70 years the film was 'publicly aired'.
GingerFilm Ranking: #1 of 21...with a bullet. This is definitely my favorite 'pre-(headliner)GandF' Ginger Rogers movie, period. Kinda weird, considering there's no GingerTunes...y'know, if they let our girl actually SING in 'Professional Sweetheart', it MAY have retained the top spot (would have been a closer call, anyway)...but dang it, that messed up things JUST enough on that one... so, RR will probably hold down Numero Uno for awhile - at LEAST until GandF crank up 4-5 films down the road...

After Twenty Reviews:
#01 - Rafter Romance
#02 - Professional Sweetheart 
#03 - 42nd Street
#04 - Flying Down to Rio
#05 - Sitting Pretty
#06 - The Tenderfoot
#07 - The Tip-Off
#08 - Queen High
#09 - Young Man of Manhattan
#10 - You Said A Mouthful
#11 - Carnival Boat
#12 - A Shriek in the Night
#13 - The Thirteenth Guest
#14 - Don't Bet On Love
#15 - Chance at Heaven
#16 - Broadway Bad
#17 - Gold Diggers of 1933 
#18 - The Sap From Syracuse
#19 - Suicide Fleet
#20 - Follow The Leader
#21 - Honor Among Lovers
#22 - Hat Check Girl***
*** - Not viewed or reviewed due to unavailability.
Up Next: Finishing School... Ginger scales it back into a 'supporting' role, as a rather promiscuous young lady in...well, 'finishing school'...but she makes the most of it, as usual...

Until then, as always...

KIG, Y'all!!!


Awards...Thanks, Y'all!!!

...I TRULY appreciate these, and the kind words regarding this blog...thanks for all the inspiration I have drawn from each of your blog sites, which are all awesome in their unique ways!!!
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

Awarded by Gingerella on 11/18/09 AND by Sally on 01/31/10

Awarded by Gingerella on 11/18/09 AND by Sally on 01/31/10
Thanks, Gingerella and Sally!!!

Awarded by Amanda Cooper on 11/21/09

Awarded by Amanda Cooper on 11/21/09
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Awarded by Maggie on 02/10/10 AND by Kate Gabrielle on 02/11/10
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Awarded by Camille on 03/25/11 AND by Anna on 03/29/11
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Hometowns to Hollywood Busby Berkeley Blogathon 2018

Hometowns to Hollywood Busby Berkeley Blogathon 2018
...including the Gingerology entry of 'Gold Diggers of 1933'...