...and we are OFF...

...to GINGERFEST!!! Hope to see y'all there! I have put the 'Day in Gingerology' on auto-pilot for the next 4-5 days, which of course contains Ginger's 107th birthday remembrance! Y'all be safe and have a Gingery week!!!

This Day in GINGEROLOGY - July 12th - 17th

July 12

1945: Jack Briggs, Ginger’s third husband, returns home from his WWII tour of duty in the Pacific theater, which he began in December 1943.

1981: Lynton Brent, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Thirteenth Guest” (as Prisoner), “Follow the Fleet” (as Deck Officer), “Stage Door” (as Powell’s Aide), and “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle” (as Mechanic), died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 83.

1987: Harold Goodwin, who starred with Ginger in the films “Hat Check Girl” (as Walter Marsh), “Broadway Bad” (as Reporter), and “Romance in Manhattan” (as Doctor at Police Station),died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 84.

1988: Joshua Logan, who directed Ginger in the musical play “Miss Moffat”, died in New York City, at the age of 79.

July 13

1907: Greta Granstedt (born Greta Irene Granstedt), who starred with Ginger in the film “Hat Check Girl” (as Party Guest), was born in Scandia, Kansas.

1961: Alan Marshal, who starred with Ginger in the film “Tom, Dick and Harry” (as Dick), died in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 52.

2015: GetTV aired “Tight Spot”.

2018: The Film Society at Lincoln Center in NYC presented the films “Flying Down to Rio”, “The Gay Divorcee”, “Swing Time”, “Top Hat”, and “Follow the Fleet”, as part of their Fred and Ginger Film Series.

July 14

1892: Al Hill, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tenderfoot” (as Spud – a Thug), “Don’t Bet on Love” (as one of Shelton’s Hoods), “Stage Door” (as Taxi Driver), “Lucky Partners” (as Officer Bob Clark), and “Magnificent Doll” (as Man), was born in New York City.

1915: Toby Wing (born Martha Virginia Wing), who starred with Ginger in the film “42nd Street” (as Blonde in ‘young and Healthy’ Number), was born in Amelia Court House, Virginia.

1954: Al Hill, who starred with Ginger in the films “The Tenderfoot” (as Spud – a Thug), “Don’t Bet on Love” (as one of Shelton’s Hoods), “Stage Door” (as Taxi Driver), “Lucky Partners” (as Officer Bob Clark), and “Magnificent Doll” (as Man), died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 62.

1970: Preston Foster, who starred with Ginger in the films “Follow The Leader” (as Two-Gun Terry) and “You Said a Mouthful” (as Ed Dover), died in La Jolla, California, at the age of 69.

2018: The Film Society at Lincoln Center in NYC presented the films “Swing Time”, “Shall We Dance”, “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle”, “Carefree”, and “The Barkleys of Broadway”, as part of their Fred and Ginger Film Series.

July 15

1885: Tom Kennedy, who starred with Ginger in the film “42nd Street” (as Slim Murphy), was born in New York City.

1892: Charles R. Rogers, who produced the Ginger films “The Tip-Off”, “Suicide Fleet”, “Carnival Boat”, and “Sitting Pretty”, was born in New York City.

1902: Bruce Manning, who, along with Jack Skirball, co-produced the Ginger film “Magnificent Doll”, was born in New York City.

1905: Dorothy Fields, lyricist for songs from the Ginger movies “Roberta”, “In Person”, and “Swing Time”, was born in Allenhurst, New Jersey.

1907: Craig Reynolds (born Harold Hugh Enfield), who starred with Ginger in the film “Don’t Bet on Love” (as Reporter), was born in Anaheim, California.

1956: John ‘Skins’ Miller, who starred with Ginger in the film “Don’t Bet on Love” (as R. M. Bigsby, Undertaker), died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 65.

1994: Vina Gale (born Hervina Gale), who starred with Ginger in the film “Flying Down to Rio” (as Dancer), died in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the age of 86.

1999: The American Film Institute (AFI) unveiled its list of top 50 film legends, 25 male, 25 female; Ginger placed as #14 female, just below Grace Kelly and just above Mae West (…and strangely enough, a ‘mix’ of those two would most likely result in a quite “Ginger-y” actress!)

2018: The Film Society at Lincoln Center in NYC presented the films “Roberta”, Shall We Dance”, and “Carefree”, as part of their Fred and Ginger Film Series.

July 16


1821: Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science (which Ginger practiced), was born in Bow, New Hampshire.

1886: Isabel La Mal, who starred with Ginger in the film “The Thirteenth Guest” (as Marie’s Mother), was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1911: At 2:00 a.m., Lela Emogen McMath gave birth to Virginia Katherine McMath at their home at 100 West Moore Street, Independence, Missouri; VKM weighed 7.5 pounds. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GINGER!!!

1994: Independence, Missouri celebrated Ginger’s birthday as she made what would be her last visit to her hometown; her birth house was ‘dedicated’ officially.

2011: VKMfanHuey and his crew, as well as “Fred & Ginger Mad” (a.k.a. as ‘Kat and Baby’), were at 100 West Moore Street in Independence, MO. on the occasion of Ginger’s 100th Birthday!

2013: TCM aired “Lucky Partners”.

2013: FMC aired “Change of Heart”.

2014: TCM aired “The Tip-Off”, “You Said a Mouthful”, “Finishing School”, “The First Traveling Saleslady”.

July 17

1880: Wong Chung, who starred with Ginger in the film “Rafter Romance” (as Chinese Waiter), was born in San Francisco, California.

1905: William Gargan (born William Dennis Gargan), who starred with Ginger in the film “Follow The Leader” (as a Gangster), was born in Brooklyn, New York.

1967: Cyril Ring, who starred with Ginger in the films “A Shriek in the Night” (as Eddie, Morgue Attendant) and “Tales of Manhattan” (as Assistant Taylor (Boyer Sequence)), died in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 74.

1980: Don ‘Red’ Barry (born Donald Berry), who starred with Ginger in the film “Flying Down to Rio” (as Dancer), died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 68.


Next GingerFilm(s) (on TCM - all times Eastern):

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, July 5, 2014

...a Fifth of Gingerology...

...is pretty dang AWESOME!!!...Thanks to all you Gingerologists out there who have kept this blog going! It's always SO cool to interact with y'all, here as well as on FaceBook...it's truly what keeps it rolling.
The pic above was the header to awesome blog of Miss Beth Rose, "Finding Ginger", which inspired me to 'whup up' my own blog, which debuted on July 5, 2009 (which seems eons ago...) Initially to be an 'open format', it soon became apparent that there really wasn't anything which needed to be discussed except...well, you know!
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.

The original header pic for G-ology was this one above, which is from The Gay Divorcee - well, publicity shots for the film, anyway... but Ginger just looks incredible here, as her eyes are quite intensely beautiful...and thus it's still one of my all time faves. But one of the 'first generation' G-ologists, Maria, did the incredible colorized pic of Miss Tanka in gold perfection, which immediately became G-ology's new header, as well as Hu's 'avatar' or whatever ya call that...

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...

I finally got a few things sorted out on this site - hopefully will have a bit more 'meat' to it... First of all, changed the name - 'jwhueyblog' really didn't mean anything - actually, the only reason I originally set up a blog was to be able to post on Beth's 'Finding Ginger' site!
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!!!
Thanks, JW

...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!!!

...as to my fave GingeryMoments, there's quite a few over the last five years... but the top 3 HAVE to be... standing in front of Ginger's Independence, Missouri birth house at 100 West Moore Street for the GingerTennial on 7/16/11...where I ALSO met Kat and Annelise... just a cool moment in time!
Also, the opportunity to check out the Ginger Century exhibit at Boston University... well worth the mega drive from South Gingerville. The wickedawesome (that's a 'Boston Expression', y'all...) pic of Ginger against a black background is one I was assigned to capture...and the result was pretty great, if I say so myself!  ...and the third most Gingery moment is probably 'split' between the aforementioned 'discovery' of HCG, and Ginger's dominant victory in Monte's Classic Actress Tournament, which affirmed that there are quite a few Gingerologists out there, and they are pretty dang tenacious!!!

We've had quite a few posts which ended up a lot more 'involved' than I had imagined... which was great!!! The most interesting one was this one regarding one of Ginger's most 'adversarial' directors, Mark Sandrich... and Huey's 'reverse psychology' theory (as supported by Exhibit 'A' above...)
Sandrich Post - July 24, 2010

...and, in general, just some GREAT stuff regarding our girl... including a musical slant including:
...Ginger jamming on accordions...


...conga drums...
...and of course rocking the squawk box...

...Topics which got our Gingery dander up, such as the Sandrich deal above, among others:
...the renaming of the Ginger Rogers Craterian Theater in Medford, Oregon...grrrrr.....

...TCM's misstep of not airing even ONE GingerFilm on July 16, 2011 (the schedule above is pretty nice, tho...)...

...and the incomprehensible lack of activity on the "Official Ginger Rogers Website"... we REALLY should just pool all our $$$ and buy the rights to this and do it up RIGHT, y'all...

...there were plenty of varmints Ginger encountered, such as...
...charmed canines...

...happening horses...

...fortunate felines...

...providential poultry...

...and lucky lions...or...um, whatever this critter is...

...and other awesomely 'random' GingerPics, such as...
...GingerCamera... this one ended up as a cool background pic on the TCM set... OK, Ted, you're back in good graces now that I think about it...

...jamming on lunch... BTW, what kind of car is this car-hop tray attached to?

...and...um...er... interesting... a 'GingerBender' pic, I guess... oof, that's BAD... and, thanks to gettyimages for whatever it is they do...

...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...
...STILL would make for one of the coolest posters EVAH...  ...continuing, how we all pretty much center 'time and space' with the year 1911...  ...taking pics of ANYthing with the word 'Ginger' on it... Katie's role as Official Ginger Research Expert (OGRE)...  ...having MAJOR dissertations regarding whether 'the dress she has on in this pic is the one she wore in the film...."  ...hunting down marriage certificates from the late twenties (a Huey exclusive)... ...warbling on about Ginger's gooberhead hubbies, and which one was the 'least gooberheady'... ...having to explain Ginger to someone born in the 21st Century... ...trying to figure out how to frame all your GingerPics (or better yet, dedicating a room in your house to Ginger (I'm still working on that one...))...  ...being able to name ALL GingerFilms, pretty much in chronological order... ...and generally remembering this thought...
...SO, in conclusion...

Again, thanks for your support of this blog!  ...and here's to another five, and five more, and five more, and...
...KEEP IT GINGERY, Y'ALL!!! (...a phrase I 'borrowed' from BethRose (well, except the "y'all" part, of course...)...BTW, if you're wondering, the pic above is probably my FAVE 'non-blonde' Ginger pic...)

Love to all of y'all!!! ...well, except the dudes...who get a 'rock on, dude!' instead... :-)

Hu (Ginger's Perpetual Cabana Boy... ;-)


  1. Five years, wow! Seems like just yesterday. :) Keep up the excellent work!

  2. Thanks for the kind words and your support, Betsy! Time does fly by, but it's weird that I can't really remember life before Gingerology... it's a pretty cool facet of my life!
    Hope you and yours are having a great Independence Day Weekend!



  3. Happy Fifth Anniversary! :) Gingerology is a really wonderful blog. Keep spreding Gingery greatness :) :)

    1. Thanks, AT! Hope to be able to get some more things rolling here...like starting the 'HueyReview' of GingerFilms back up(we're somewhere around TopHat, in case you forgot) - and other cool stuff. KIG! Hu

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    1. ...thanks, AT! BTW, just wondering...are you on FaceBook? I probably should know, but... if not, please join in with all the Ginger Talk there! Just click on the FB pic on the very bottom of the right-side white column >>>>



  5. Did you ever do a either/either poll, Huey? I had this idea years ago and wanted to tell you all the time. My theory is, that many female Ginger fans pronounce "eether" and rather not "ither"—I don't have to explain why..... ;o)

    Those who attend that poll should give away their sex and whether they prefer "eether" just because of Ginger.

    Well, I am frankly such an "eether-gal", cuz at young age you're likely to be influenced by your idol. There is just the same either-argument between Jean Arthur and her film-lover in Easy Living—also 1937.

    I listen a lot to the radio and still correct if the host or his guest says "ither". Because it's a Ginger Law! And then I add like, "Oh, you're not a chick, so never mind." To me it's a fun thing.

    1. ...great to hear from you, CS!!! Hope all is well with you!

      ...I probably need to do a few more polls here and there... and that would be an interesting one! and of course, GingerLaw rules, right?

      Hope you have a great GingerTennial +3, CS!




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

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Thanks, Gingerella and Sally!!!

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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'...