This Day in GINGEROLOGY - April 25th
1995: Ginger Rogers died in Rancho Mirage, California of congestive heart failure; she was 83. She was cremated and her ashes interred alongside Lela’s at the Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California. It is fitting that Fred Astaire’s gravesite is relatively close to hers.
2011: FMC aired “Roxie Hart”.
2015: FXM RETRO aired “Dreamboat”.2016: FXM RETRO aired “Tales of Manhattan”.
Next GingerFilm(s) (on TCM - all times Eastern):
May 4, 2017 @ 12:45 P.M. Gold Diggers of 1933
May 4, 2017 @ 6:15 P.M. 42nd Street
May 17, 2017 @ 4:15 A.M. Finishing School
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...
Monday, December 15, 2014
Kinda bummed about my ol' Alma Mater, UAB, 'dropping' football... under some pretty heinous circumstances... UAB is part of the UA system, which also includes campuses in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville... well, UAT is the 'flagship', and has all the votes on the Board of Trustees... long story short, they have been 'kneecapping' the program from Day One, and finally decided to kill it... but there's quite a bit of 'pushback' from the UAB community, as well as local government... so stay tuned... meanwhile... we need to just break away from the UA system, period... thus, #freeUAB!!!
With that, and in keeping with the superficial side of the Season, we want it ALL, right? So, let's all crank out a list, shall we?
Place the following GingerFilms currently unavailable on DVD in your preferred order for availability:
The films in question are the following, in chronological order:
Young Man of Manhattan
The Sap from Syracuse
Follow the Leader
Honor Among Lovers
Hat Check Girl
Don't Bet On Love
Twenty Million Sweethearts
Lady In The Dark
It Had To Be You
Twist Of Fate
The First Traveling Saleslady
...yeah, there's still quite a few (20, to be exact), but considering Ginger had 74 films, plus some shorts, this list is pretty short... and don't fret about studio ownership and the 'real probability' of a restoration / release... just assume ALL will be available (nice thought, eh?)
Just put your list in the comments section, and we'll all compare notes...OK? OK!!!
Again, we here at Gingerology hope you all have a Great and Meaningful Christmas, and a Most Prosperous New Year!!! ...but we'll talk again before that...
UPDATE - 12/27/14:
...well, here's my list...
1. Hat Check Girl - just because most of us haven't seen it, right?
2. In Person - weird that this one is not on DVD already... my fave of the 20.
3. Sitting Pretty - a good film - if they can restore it and get Ginger's last line in the 'Dream Walking' tune in full without skipping, that would RULE!
4. Professional Sweetheart - Ginger at her sassiest...
5. Twenty Million Sweethearts - love Ginger singing Out For No Good... this film is one of Dale Tremont's faves as well...
6. Broadway Bad - Ginger AND Joan Blondell - nuff said. a good scrubbing is needed.
7. Tender Comrade - Ginger is SO fetching in this one...
8. The Tip-Off - To me, Ginger's first 'substantial' role, as Baby Face... love it.
9. Queen High - a VERY cute young Ginger singing and dancing around...
10. It Had To Be You - a film that has grown on me over time...
11. Lady In The Dark - needed if anything for a clean clear copy of the Jenny saga...
12. The Sap from Syracuse - another cute Ginger effort, this time with Oakie.
13. Twist Of Fate - a more mature Ginger in a different role, with Bergerac.
14. Don't Bet On Love - Standard role, but with Ayres.
15. Young Man of Manhattan - Ginger's first gig, as Puff the magic flapper.
16. Carnival Boat - a standard 'love interest' role in a cast full of Ax Men.
17. The First Traveling Saleslady - Ginger's last RKO effort... a cute film overall along with Channing.
18. Harlow - would like to see this in a 'normal' format if possible - the original was shot in some 'megascope' camera technique or something, which results in folks being chopped off (at least in my copy).
19. Follow the Leader - marginal role for Ginger - vehicle for Ed Wynn.
20. Honor Among Lovers - VERY minimal Ginger role... film itself is not bad, tho...and definitely needs a good 'revamping'.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
...and with that, the topic proper is... Trivia questions regarding GingerFilms which have animals in them! Ready? OK, then!
...whelp, hope this was an interesting one for you...I would have had trouble on quite a few of these...as always, see the 'comments' section for the answers... good luck!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
This month has flown by... and a late Thanksgiving means an early Christmas... so lotsa stuff going on for all of us. Still hoping to get back into a 'regular deal' regarding posting... a few things are 'pending', so we'll see...
BUT, there's at least time for a few GingerNotes, right?
Well, with Turkey Day fast approaching (as noted perfectly by Ginger at the '58 Macy's Parade...), guess the big question is, "what am I THANKFUL for?" Well, there's been quite a few good things this year for Hu, with the biggest being a successful eye surgery for a detached retina... left untreated would have resulted in losing sight... but it's great now! Still a bit of 'distortion', but will have to get new glasses soon... I have one more 'check' by the surgeon in January to make sure all is well, then get fitted for new 'cheaters'... I will probably forgo contact lenses at this station in life...have been hearing some bad stuff about them lately, anyway. and of course, family and friends are VERY much on Hu's 'thanks' list...which of course includes Gingerologists... y'all are the GREATEST!!!
...HEY! Hu FINALLY ordered all the GingerFilms which have been released on DVD this year... 'You Said a Mouthful', 'Magnificent Doll', 'Forever Female', and 'Cinderella'... so HoHoHoToHu! :-)
...well, hope all is well with everyone out there - of course I will yak with most of y'all on FB... if not, you REALLY need to get hooked up over there, as there is pretty much an unlimited supply of Gingery Goodness happening perpetually... which is AWESOME!
Oh yeah, just a few days left on the 'hair color' poll...looks like 'non-blonde' has gotten quite a bit more love this go-round, but blonde is tough to beat... if you haven't yet...go VOTE!!!
Monday, October 27, 2014
We've had this one a few years back, but there's a lot of newer G-ologists here, so, here it is:
Which hair color do you prefer on Miss Rogers...
Check out the poll at the top right of the page...I'll leave it open for a bit, just to get a decent number of votes...
Hope all is well for everyone! KIG!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
"They all laughed at Rockerfeller Center - Now they're fighting to get in.
They all laughed at Whitney and his cotton gin.
They all laughed at Fulton and his steamboat, Hershey and his chocolate bar.
Ford and his Lizzie - Kept the laughers busy; That's how people are.
They laughed at me - wanting you, said it would be Hello, Good-bye;
But oh, you came through - now they're eating humble pie.
They all said we'd never get together; darling, let's take a bow,
For Ho, Ho, Ho, Who's got the last laugh now?"
(c) 1937 Gershwin Publishing Corporation, N.Y.
...just wonder if they had a few too many 'brand names' noted in this stanza (Hershey, Ford)... not sure how the 'product placement' deal would work (especially since Ginger hawked Dodges....just sayin'...) ...but it's always cool to see this and 'hear' Ginger singing this stanza (hopefully I'm not the only one who can 'hear' that... :-) )
Well, hope to be getting back to more detailed GingerPosts soon, as its been a few since the last 'real' post... the eye is in quite good shape, but will need a new prescription for focus or whatever... Next Monday (or as we say in South Gingerville, 'Monday week') I have my final 'follow-up' with the doc.
Thanks again to all for your thoughts and prayers - they worked wonders! The Gingerology community is an awesome one, ain't it? :-)
Until next time...
Thursday, September 18, 2014
I've been unfortunately neglecting G-ology the past few weeks, as there have been quite a few events which have popped up in September... the kids are in full swing at school, football season (BIG deal in South Gingerville), and my daughter is playing volleyball - doing pretty well for the first go-around with it! And of course homework is something we all collaborate on... so just hectic times, early bedtimes, etc... but hopefully things will 'settle in' in a few more weeks...just in time for the holidays! oof.
The big news, tho, is that Hu has to have 'outpatient' eye surgery tomorrow (September 19) - as a detached retina has reared its ugly head... left untreated it WILL result in losing eyesight, so... no alternative... SO... as a result, I'll be out of commission for a week or so... but, going to one of the best places in the world, literally, to do this - UAB - so no worries about the results. I told them to just knock me OUT and wake me when its OVAH!!!
So, with that, I'm planning to get back into the Gingery groove by the end of the month! In the meantime, y'all...
Keep It Gingery!
Friday, September 5, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Stay Tuned, y'aall!!!
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Hit this sentence for the link to WB Archives!
...hope y'all get to pick this one up...it's a pretty neat film... typical Joe E. Brown histrionics, but they're pretty funny in general... AND, hope everyone is well out there, and Keeping It Gingery, of course!!!
Saturday, August 2, 2014
FIRST - the 'Ginger on TV' feature has been removed as a 'page' (the 'bullet point' links on the top right of the home page), and will now just be on the 'main page', which is the more direct route anyway...
SECOND - after a bit of indecision, the 'This Day in Gingerology' page (the 'complete year' list) has also been deleted, as the replication of adding items to it along with my 'main list' in my computer proved to be sketchy... but of course the feature itself will remain, and in fact will hopefully get a bit augmented if Hu's efforts are fruitful...
THIRD - just noticed it's been purt near a YEAR since the last GingerReview... which is pretty inexcusable... SO, I'm getting back with it, el pronto... stay tuned... no, REALLY... :-)
FOURTH - The GingerFaceBook Community is just incredible... SO much info to be had there, along with an ENDLESS array of GingerPics, such as the one below - which is one of my 'instant faves'!!! If you haven't already, ya REALLY need to join us over there...
...and oh yeah! I received my '4-R Milk Bottle' - pretty awesome! I haven't even taken it out of the 'bubble' wrap, but you can see thru it, and its awesome! Hope to be able to display it sooner or later...most likely when my boy 'Bam-Bam' is a good bit older... oh, like, 42 or something... ;-)
...We here at Gingerology sincerely hope everyone is having a Great Gingery Summer! Hope to see ya over on FaceBook, as well as here, of course...
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Official Ginger Rogers Milk Bottle
...and to verify the authenticity even further, Ms. Roberta Olden commented on the Ginger Rogers IMDb message board (see the "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GINGER!!!" post, which I actually made in 2013, but resurfaced for GingerTennial +3 in 2014) that she has teamed up with TCM in order to make these available to Gingerologists - here's part of her post regarding it (hopefully she doesn't mind I transcribe it here):
"In honor of her birthday, I would like to alert her fans to a special partnership I have made with Turner Classic Movies. They have agreed to put the glass milk bottles from the 4R Ranch Dairy in their collectible shop on the TCM website. There are a limited number of them available, so I have put the web address in case anyone is interested."
With that, it's good to be back from vacation - had a great time at the beach last week! But ready to get back to work...I guess...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Hope y'all have a great one, and I'll catch up with y'all this weekend!!!
Saturday, July 5, 2014
I've been VERY fortunate to 'get to know' many great fans of Ginger, and of classic films in general, by this blog... and although it seems that FB has somewhat 'diminished' blogging, hopefully there's still a spot in the big ol' internet to keep these sites going.
And although G-ology was created 7/5/09, it really took a few weeks to figure it all out... the following is the first 'Gingery' post I...um...'posted' , on 8/4/09:
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Well, I think I may have it going here...
Anyway, 'Gingerology' sounds a bit more interesting... since we all are 'searching and digging' for those Ginger movies which, for some asinine reason, are NOT on DVD (I'm still waiting for the 75-DVD Box Set with all her movies, digitally remastered, of course, loaded with extra features, rare outtakes, audio commentary, etc., along with the complete audio recordings of VKM, digitally remastered to pristine condition... and also containing a 'coffee table'-size 400-page photo book... has anyone heard if they are getting it out by this Christmas this year?? :-O ...well, one can hope, I guess.)
ANYWAY, I also added a list of my 'Ginger Search' travails, VKM movies I have possession of in one form or more... I have plowed through eBay as of late, and really bolstered the list... everything received so far has been in pretty fair shape...the only thing is, be quick about it... there was a VHS of 'Lady in the Dark' (quickly becoming one of my favorites, as seen on YT), and I was going to bid on it or whatever, but just didn't do it quick enough. But stuff is constantly changing on there, so it's worth messing with - and typically the prices are reasonable.
SO, hopefully that gives y'all a bit of 'update' on where Gingerology is headed... I will put my long-winded observations on here, but still faithfully post on Beth's cool site!
Please feel free to reply, and hope you 'jump on' this blog, along with others concerning VKM!!!
...one thing that jumps out at me is the fact that... there just weren't that many GingerFilms available at the time... as compared to NOW, anyway... and it appears that the Saga of Jenny was only available via the YouTube clip, but had me pretty well mezmorized... duh!
...but over time, we all 'obtained' GingerFilms, thru various and sundry means... until we each had purt near every one...except... Hat Check girl, of course. Now, here's a Huey Idiosyncrasy you may not be aware of... but, I am VERY big on obtaining an artist's ENTIRE output, good, bad or indifferent... SO, when HCG was unaccounted for, it really was a bummer... but HEY! Thanks to latter-day Gingerologist extraordinaire, GingerPeachy, there are restored copies of it, and will most likely find its way into the 'common Gingerologists' hands one of these days... AWESOME!!!
Sandrich Post - July 24, 2010
...and, in general, just some GREAT stuff regarding our girl... including a musical slant including:
...Topics which got our Gingery dander up, such as the Sandrich deal above, among others:
...there were plenty of varmints Ginger encountered, such as...
...and other awesomely 'random' GingerPics, such as...
...well, there's LOADS more stuff we are all into, such as Arianna's awesome birthday cakes... ...folks draining bank accounts due to GingeBay practices... ...HueyTreatments of GingerFilms... ...Ginger's tennis prowess...
Again, thanks for your support of this blog! ...and here's to another five, and five more, and five more, and...
Love to all of y'all!!! ...well, except the dudes...who get a 'rock on, dude!' instead... :-)
Hu (Ginger's Perpetual Cabana Boy... ;-)
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