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...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Shirley Temple - 1928 - 2014
...the first GingerFilm she appeared in was "Change of Heart" in 1934, at the ripe old age of 6.
The other role is QUITE more substantial, and occurred in the well-made wartime Ginger drama, "I'll Be Seeing You"... Shirley was a seasoned veteran of fifteen in this one.
From Ginger's bio, here's the recollection she had of Miss Temple while on the set of IBSY, and how she influenced the female youth of the day: "This was the second time I had worked with Shirley Temple (the first was Change of Heart), but now she was more grown-up, all of fifteen. Edith Head was the costume designer and she sent the sketches for our costumes. My character, out on furlough from the state penitentiary, had only two costumes...Shirley, on the other hand, had several changes. In one scene she was supposed to wear a skirt and sweater. Dore Schary (the producer) came on the set and asked why Shirley wasn't wearing the sweater he'd okayed. It turned out that Mama Temple didn't want her little girl wearing a sweater in that movie. I'm sure she thought it would delineate her daughter's figure too much. (nice way to put that, Ginger!) Schary convinced Mama, and the next thing I knew Shirley was wearing a sweater. The film was released in late 1944 and immediately, teenagers across the U.S.A. began wearing sweaters."
HERE'S a link to IMDb for Shirley Temple info... some pretty cool stuff here.
a few of the more interesting facts:
Shirley Jones and Shirley MacLaine were each named after Shirley Temple.
Her mother Gertrude Temple turned down the lead role on behalf of Shirley for 'National Velvet'.
Was very active politically, as an Ambassador for the U.S. to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
Is in the top 20-30 of virtually all 'best actors/actresses ever' polls.
Was a breast cancer survivor since the early 1970's.
Her second husband of 55 years, Charles Black, admitted after they had dated a bit that he had never seen any of her films.
...a funny, yet telling quote from Shirley when recollecting her monumental status as child star, "I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six; Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph."
And one more trivia which most of y'all probably know, but just in case, as I had forgotten it - again from Ginger's bio: (while filming Roxie Hart at 20th Century-Fox, about 'Roxie's' dressing room): "Actually this dressing room had been built expressly for Fox's biggest little star, Shirley Temple, and it was more like a small house. For years, she had kept that company in business with her films."
A viewing of "I'll Be Seeing You" may be in order sometime over the next few days... in remembrance of a classic film icon.
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