...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!!!
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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

HAPPY 107th BIRTHDAY, GINGER!!!!!

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.

GingerTelevision...

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...

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Monday, December 15, 2014

GingerFilms on DVD...

...well, first off, hope all you Gingerologists out there are having a grand holiday season thus far, and will continue to do so! The Huey camp had a great Thanksgiving, and is gearing up for Christmas... always hectic, but its always cool when you have kids... the circle of life deal, ya understand...
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!!!


Thinking of a new post, I started doing 'inventory' of my DVDs of GingerFilms, with the delivery of the last quartet of recent releases...and y'know, we have the majority of films available... we G-ologists are pretty fortunate in this sense, when compared to fans of other actors / actresses who unfortunately have 'lost' films...with the appearance of Hat Check Girl, ALL of Ginger's 'feature films' are out there in SOME form!

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

Queen High

The Sap from Syracuse

Follow the Leader

Honor Among Lovers

The Tip-Off

Carnival Boat

Hat Check Girl

Broadway Bad

Professional Sweetheart

Don't Bet On Love

Sitting Pretty

Twenty Million Sweethearts

In Person

Tender Comrade

Lady In The Dark

It Had To Be You

Twist Of Fate

The First Traveling Saleslady

Harlow


...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...

KIG, y'all!

Hu
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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'.




















12 comments:

  1. #1. In Person !!!!
    #2. Tender Comrade
    #3. Lady in the Dark
    #4. Professional Sweetheart
    #5. Don't Bet on Love
    #6. First Travelling Saleslady
    #7. Broadway Bad
    #8. Hat Check Girl

    #9. Oh I'm greedy I want all of them...

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    1. ...It's tough to list them...but yes we HAVE to get them ALL on DVD one of these days... with today's 'archive' series from different studios, should be pretty easy!

      Thanks, PB! And have a Very Merry Christmas / Happy New Year = and KIG!!!

      Hu
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  2. OK, here's my considered list:
    1. Hat Check Girl - The only one I haven't seen.
    2. Sitting Pretty - Has maybe the best score of a non-Astaire Ginger film, plus the fan dance!
    3. In Person - Great, under-appreciated Ginger film!
    4. Professional Sweetheart - Wonderful pre-Code Ginger!
    5. Young Man of Manhattan - Deserves restoration! Cigarette me, Big Boy!!
    6. Queen High - Ginger song and dance with attitude; Eleanor's debut!
    7. Sap from Syracuse - Wonderful young Ginger singing and romancing with Oakie!
    8. Follow the Leader - Marginal young Ginger role, but Merman's film debut! Last GR film with Stanley Smith.
    9. Honor Among Lovers - GR in really goofy character. First five films have her from silly teenager to thinking young adult to brainless man chaser - Complete the set!
    10. The Tip Off - First Hollywood film; good character with attitude.
    11. Carnival Boat - Must keep history preserved. Love the historical logging scenes!
    12. Twenty Million Sweethearts - Some fine songs here, with Dick Powell. Good Ginger character!
    13. Don't Bet on Love - Only film with Lew... While not a great film, is of great interest as it has these lovebirds together for the only time. Like Ginger's character.
    14. It Had To Be You - Good more mature Ginger. We get to see Ginger the sculptor at work!!! YES!! Great wardrobe!
    15. Tender Comrade - Patriot Ginger in full bloom! I like dear Jo!!
    16. Lady in the Dark - Need a good copy! Far from my favorite Ginger film, but significant historically in several ways.
    17. Broadway Bad - Minor Ginger film, but has same director and such as Hat Check Girl, which gives us clues as to how HCG might have been... Keep the history!
    18. Twist of Fate - Only screen pairing of Ginger and Jacques.
    19. First Traveling Saleslady - Only screen pairing of first two Broadway "Dollys," Carol and Ginger.
    20. Harlow - Bad production, but interesting role for Ginger... Am sure she compared Harlow's situation to her own. Interesting role in lousy movie.

    Here's hoping that these films get reissued, preferably in a restored condition!!!

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    1. ...thanks for the input, BA!!! Pretty much agree with you on all fronts... hard not to have HCG #1, just because we haven't SEEN it... I will probably have 20 mil on up the ladder a bit, as I LOVE her singing 'Out for No Good'...

      Hope you and yours have an incredible Christmastime, BA!!! KIG!

      Hu
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  3. HAT CHECK GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And I really want to see Professional Sweetheart and In Person. Have a merry Christmas :)

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, ALG!!!

      I concur that HCG will be on the top of the list, and also 20 mil and In Person...generally my top 3-4!!!

      Thanks for the input!!!

      Hu
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  4. Hi Huey....Merry Christmas! :0

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    1. Hiya, Ron!!!

      Hope all is well with you! We've been trucking along here at G-ology, although FB has taken a bit of 'starch' out of blogging in general... but we'll be here until blogging is totally obdolete, and then guess I'll start up a website (kinda want to do that, anyway...)

      Have a Merry Christmas / Prosperous New Year, Ron!!!

      KIG!!!

      Hu
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  5. Years ago I designed a header for Pink Ginger, who hasn't been blogging a long time. I just found that header:
    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-iGKHWvi8MJo/TZrilmcNyzI/AAAAAAAAApY/vv7AY9DaeBk/s648/New%2520Classic%2520Gal%2520transparent.jpg
    Anybody an idea what to do with it? I mean, somebody could use it, if a header like this is needed. ;o)

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    1. Not sure, but SOMEbody out there would dig 'PinkGinger'...

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  6. What, now verification anymore? That's a good thing, because these things give me pain in my eyes! I really makes you want to pass by now and then and get things off you chest. I mean, I'm still a very romantic Classic Movie Love, who's just lacking time these days. So it's a good thing, if you make it easy on me. ;o)

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    1. Hi, CS!!! Hope you are doing well!!! Been missing your commentary on things... hope you can get some more time to yak!!!

      KIG!

      Hu
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