This Day in GINGEROLOGY - March 29th
1883: William Halligan (born William Kerry Halligan), who starred with Ginger in the films “Follow The Leader” (as Bob Sterling), “Tom, Dick and Harry” (as Mr. Burton), “Tales of Manhattan” (as Oliver Webb), and “Week-End at the Waldorf” (as Chief Jennings), was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1889: Warner Baxter, who starred with Ginger in the films “42nd Street” (as Julian Marsh) and “Lady in the Dark” (as Kendall Nesbitt) was born in Columbus, Ohio.
1908: Dennis O’Keefe (born Edward Vance Flanagan), who starred with Ginger in the films “Hat Check Girl” (as Party Guest), “42nd Street” (as Chorus Boy), “Gold Diggers of 1933” (as Chorus Boy), “Twenty Million Sweethearts” (as Reporter), “Upperworld” (as Photographer), “Top Hat” (as Elevator Passenger / Dancer), “Swing Time” (as Dance Extra in “The Way You Look Tonight” Number), and “Vivacious Lady” (as Student), was born in Fort Madison, Iowa.
1941: H. Dudley Hawley (born Hughson Dudley Hawley), who starred with Ginger in the film “Young Man of Manhattan” (as the Doctor), died in New York City at the age of 62.
1955: Nina Campana (born Esperanza Susanna de Ybarrondo), who starred with Ginger in the film “Flying Down to Rio” (as Mme. Borget-Damas), died in Santa Clara, California, at the age of 57.
1957: Charles R. Rogers, who produced the Ginger films “The Tip-Off”, “Suicide Fleet”, “Carnival Boat”, and “Sitting Pretty”, died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 64.
2013: TCM aired “42nd Street”.2016: TCM aired “42nd Street”.
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, July 14, 2013
Star of Midnight - The Huey Treatment
When determining a 'alternate theme' for this photoplay, it became quite apparent that there's a 'running theme' throughout this film (which was a definite nod to The Thin Man franchise), and that was... imbibing! (or, for those in South Gingerville, getting soused on corn squeezin's). Well, to put a 'twist' (...a lemon twist, perhaps?) on the theme, how about our lead couple being...the owners of an 'energy drink' start-up, well ahead of their time... hmmm...well, OK....here we go, then!
...Our tale begins in prohibition-era Gotham City, where former rum-runners Shirley Templeton and Johnny "Red" Walker have given up on trying to corner the market for bathtub gin, and instead have devised a new scheme for raking in the dough... Shirley enters Red's humble abode to find Mr. Stokely, a very prominent producer of foodstuffs along the Eastern seaboard... Red has invited Mr. Stokely over to discuss a new product line he may be interested in...
p's and q's", thanks for the hot toddy here... I've had a tough day with that Sandrich dude over in Studio One...
...John speaking off-camera... ...now, Nora...Ms. Dinglehoffer is here to finalize the contract...she has also given us the 'contact point' for delivery of the 'wonder ingredient', named "Formula X"......not too unique, of course, but a memorable name...
(Red)...yes, yes...where is it?
...and so, Shirley and Red soldiered on with their energy drink start-up, and achieved moderate success by distributing their elixir on the RKO studio lot... Regular customers were Edward Everett Horton, Zasu Pitts, and Charles Coburn.... Kate Hepburn only drank it while eating oysters, but Astaire never touched the stuff, for reasons unknown... but overall, the couple made a pretty nice profit from their venture, and parlayed that into another 'nutrition' venture, when they opened up the first GNC store in 1935 (ironically)...a little-known fact is that 'GNC' originally stood for "Ginger-Nick-Collaboration"...
Stokely went on to buy out the formula for Gatorade and fared pretty well with that, the delivery dude became a Maroni's Calzone franchisee, and Miss Dinglehoffer ultimately fared better than ALL of them, dropping her $$$ into a little ol' start-up called International Business Machines...which, BTW, was founded in 1911... a nice segue (and topic hint) into the next Gingerology post...
Welp, that's that... hopefully it proved to be entertaining for ya...to me it's always more interesting when you know the film, and you know what the true scenes are...
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