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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”.

GingerTelevision...

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

April 26, 2017 @ 9:30 A.M. 42nd Street
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...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

...Breaking April...

...oof. Now, y'all how much I LOATHE the month of April, for numerous reasons... of course, not the least of which is that the 25th is when Ginger left us...

...but I'm going to be 'upbeat' this go-round regarding the fourth month on the Gregorian Calendar... why not? Hopefully everything will go well, or at least not totally fall apart, as usual... Here's some facts about April, the month... with a Gingery twist, of course...

...April's birthstone is the Diamond... which Ginger was well acquainted with, of course... ...an interesting trivia bit is that director Don Hartman tried to snag the Hope Diamond for Ginger to wear in the film "It Had To Be You"...but couldn't pull enough strings... well, looks like she ended up with a fair alternative...



...April's 'birth flower' is the daisy... of which Ginger painted a few times, such as in her painting above - well, I GUESS these are daisies...let's just say that for our purposes...they're daisies. ...STILL want to know where these 'original' paintings reside... it's scary to think how much $$$ I'd probably throw out to try to acquire one...




...of course, in the U.S., we file 'income tax' on April 15th... which wouldn't really be bad at all if Ginger was my accountant...




...The Masters golf tournament occurs in May, and while I don't think there's ever been a lady in it, Ginger would have been a nice addition... dig those wickedawesome shoes!!! I've been to Augusta, Georgia once, for a 'Sesame Street LIVE!' presentation... for the little one (in this case, Rebekah), of course... while we were there I didn't see one sign or mention of the golf course... hence the 'exclusive' nature of the event, I reckon...




...April is Jazz Appreciation Month, which is cool... not sure if Ginger was big on jazz, but...probably so... in any event, Ginger tickling the ivories in ANY capacity is a killer sight...



...and of course, there's April Fool's Day, which was probably QUITE interesting with Ginger around, as she seemed to be quite the prankster... not sure what's happening in this pic, but some Gingery tomfoolery, no doubt... and thanks to gettyimages for this, whomever they may be...



...April also contains Arbor Day and Earth Day, where the tradition is to go out into nature and plant some legs...um, I mean trees...



April also contains the little-known observance of 'Take Your Daughter and/or Son to Work Day'... which Lela did just a few weeks into Ginger's existence, where little Virginia surely received loads of attention from the staff... ...but it appears from above that the tables were turned by Lela on the 'Major-Minor' set... GOTTA love this pic!



ANOTHER obscure, yet pretty cool April observance is 'Record Store Day' late in the month... and as we see from above, Ginger was (as Hu IS) quite the audiophile... and if I've said it once, I've said it umpteen times... if ANYONE can get away with NOT handling an album by the edges, it's Miss Rogers... the rest of y'all must conform... ...well, that is, if anyone out there still HAS vinyl records...or even knows what vinyl records ARE...



...and of course, the most important observance of all, Easter (which USUALLY falls in April... STILL not sure why it 'floats' around like it does...) ...Ginger racked up on the bunny supply on this particular pic... BTW, this pic STILL makes me want to figure out how to join this 'society' for Ginger Rogers... dang it!


Well, there you have it... I've tried to shine as much positive light as I could find on the month of April, so MAYBE this year it will be a somewhat uneventful time for Hu. Y'all keep it in the road, and hope to see you on the other side...in May. ...well, I'll be around some before then, I guess! :-)


Until then...

KIG, y'all!

Hu
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Here's hoping the same applies to y'all... and if all else fails, remember to...

Keep It Gingery, y'all!!!

Hu
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Forty-Second Street to be released on Blu-Ray!

...for all you folks who are...into Blu-Ray!!! I assume this will be a more crisp version than the 'original' DVD of "The film that saved Warner Brothers" which has been around a decade or so. 



Here's a link to Blu-ray.com, which has more details regarding the product, which is set for release on April 21st... so, be saving up!  Guess I'll have to pop on a Blu-ray player... I think they are relatively inexpensive at this point in time...
I think the 'extras' on this one mirror the ones included in the 'original' DVD... but I could be wrong on that... 
...and the scuttlebutt around a few 'forums' I ran across discussing this is that the good ol' folks at WB Archives are just getting warmed up with these offerings... rumor has it that Gold Diggers of 1933 as well as Footlight Parade (not a Ginger joint, but DOES have Miss Blondell in it) are next to get the Blu-ray transformation.  It's also worth mentioning that there was a rumor a few years back that the G&F collection was to 'done up' in Blu-ray as well... not sure where that is, but... it would be nice to see.

Well, hope all is well with y'all out there... wwe're all good at Gingerology Central...a bit of cold/flu-ish stuff the last few weeks, but it's in it's death throes...

Until next time,

KIG!

Hu
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

International Women's Day...

...is today, and will hopefully be well recognized throughout the world, serving as a 'catalyst' for change in bringing equal representation for women everywhere - it's pretty incredible that there are still major shortfalls in women's pay as compared to men for the same work level.
...always loved this pic of Ginger from Fifth Avenue Girl, as she seems to be ready to air some grievances with SOMEbody... and always reminds me of how Ginger - along with encouragement and help from Lela - fought and scrapped for every bit of financial compensation due her. 
When Eric Blore and Edward Everett Horton were making much more then Ginger was for the early G&F film series installments, Ginger held out for a better deal, knowing that she was as much a part of 'the franchise' as FS was...and MORE important than EB or EEH were, in terms of box office draw.


And back to Lela, as she was quite the 'renaissance lady'; she was one of the first women to ever enlist in the Marines during WWI (as shown in the pic above), which was pretty cool!  She of course took on many other jobs, and ultimately solidified her role at RKO as a writer / consultant / teacher. She was quite determined to succeed in whatever she undertook, and fought for her rights back when women were just not expected to.

Y'all know I'm not big on 'political' issues and such, but... this one seemed to apply to Ginger quite well....and hope this inspires you ladies out there to push for change where it is needed, in any capacity. And, just to throw it out there, the inequity for women remains even on this DAY, as it is the only 23-hour day of the year...  grrrr....

With that, hope everyone out there has a Gingery weekend, and I'll hopefully get some posting going on here soon!

Until that time,

KIG, y'all!!!

Hu
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