Vivian Talks Ginger Rogers: Chapter 8
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Lou sees his opportunity for blackmail and does not want Lily to mess up his plans. Lou wants the pictures and letters Lily has of Alex and her. Lily tries to hide the evidence and picks up a gun, which Lou takes away from her as he slaps her so hard she falls to the floor.
Alex shows up and Lou pursues his blackmail scheme. Alex feels like a fool even though Lily declares her undying love for him. Lily pleads her case tearfully explaining Lou stole the letters and photos from her. The two men quarrel leading to pistols being drawn and fired.
Alex is eventually found not guilty of killing Lou as Lou shot first and killed Lily. Therefore, Alex and Hettie go off into the sunset with their renewed love in each other. The ending is very dissatisfying. The film would have been more compelling if Mary Astor and Ginger shared a scene as the jilted wife and the idealistic young mistress slash showgirl. The relationship between Lily and Alex needed added depth with more screen time showing them together.
What was in the letters Alex wrote? Where did they go to enjoy the few moments of happiness they shared in the pictures Lily cherished. Alex should have gone to prison for his misdeed while his wife mends her ways and silently waits for him.
The movie begins to fall apart at that point. It ends her days of being on the screen scantly clothed. This is a Frances Dee movie and Ginger interjects moments of humor and tomfoolery. In one scene, she explains to Pony her desire to borrow one of her brassieres. Ginger knew she had done a first-class job as she had viewed the daily rushes.
When the film ended those singing and dancing scenes were gone. She had been asked to sign a long-term contract, and she had refused to do so. Could this be the reason the scenes are missing. As it was, her interpretation of the opening song while singing the second verse in Pig Latin has become a classic.
Ginger was beginning to be noticed by the studios. They would even pay her for the privilege. They offered upwards to ten thousand dollars. Now, Miss Rogers needed the added funds but she was not one to be taken advantage of and refused the offer. Can you image someone who could not be bought in Hollywood?
After all, could she not see the upside to her career when the public would see these scenes? Oh, how I wish I could view those scenes! What a find it would be!
I do not know if this happened because Ginger does not mention it in her book, which gives this some credence as Ginger, was never one to bemoan the injustices in her life but look forward and went on with her life. I have also seen reference to these deleted scenes in other articles of the time.
Because Ginger did not play by the rules of Hollywood she loss some opportunities but at least right or wrong she was true to herself and I admire that quality in her.
The article continues to tell how Ginger has pursued her own path and has become a favorite among youngsters, college students, and the public. A theatre in San Francisco booked Stingaree and the studio had sent a dozen actors to help kick it off. It was Ginger Rogers. It worked and the box office take was only a few dollars short of the previous engagement.
Now, that is star power, especially when Ginger is not the main focus of this film and plays the second female lead. Besides Finishing School is the better film.
Rush comes across a singing waiter by the name of Buddy. Rush takes Buddy to New York to find their fortune. Buddy meets Peggy and they provide the romance. I felt like reaching into the television and choking Dick Powell. The Mills Brothers sing a couple of songs with supreme harmony and is an enjoyable respite from the continuing saga of Buddy Clayton, radio star heartthrob who must remain unattached for his fans according to the sponsor of his radio show.
Peggy and Buddy get engaged but have a falling out ala Rush. Rush regrets his part in splitting Buddy and Peggy and goes about getting them together again. In the process, he gets Buddy his job back with the radio station. Again, this movie lacks from not enough Ginger and too much silliness. Ginger needed to sing more and have more of the story revolved around her. RKO and other studios still do not realize Ginger's potential as a serious actress. Change of Heart May 10, New York City, New York Ginger plays a girl who is out for numero uno and does not care who she climbs over and hurts to get what she perceives as rightfully hers.
You have the eternal triangle but really a quadlaterial as there are four of them. Catherine wants to become a writer, Chris wants to be a lawyer for a big firm, Mack wants to become a crooner for a radio station, and Madge wants to become an actress. On their flight, back East a little girl walks down the aisle by the name of Shirley Temple. They are all great friends but the quartet breaks up because of their various entanglements. Catherine is in love with Chris while Chris is in love with Madge.
Madge thinks she is in love with Mack but then she loves Chris also, but who shall I chose. Mack adores Catherine but who does he really love? Madge has connections with Phyllis Carmichael who is acquainted with theatre people.
Madge calls Phyllis and off they go to a party where Madge sets her sights on playboy Howard Jackson. Catherine finds a job working in a used clothing shop while waiting for her big break with a newspaper.
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Harriet Hawkins runs the clothing shop and is always on the lookout for wealthy people who would make good adoptive parents because they leave their old clothes there. She works with Dr. Nathan Kurtzman and usually has a young baby in the shop for the customers to fall in love with. Mack and Chris have found jobs while Madge leaves to move in with Phyllis so she can meet up with the upper classes.
Catherine declines and moves in with Harriet. Catherine and Mack are instrumental in the adoption of a young boy to Louise whose husband has a large law firm. Madge runs off with Jackson to be married in California. Chris is distraught, finds no meaning in living, a nd becomes very ill. Mack lets Catherine know and she spends night and day with Chris and brings him back from the brink of death.
Chris decides it is Catherine who he loves and wants to marry her but before they can tie the knot, Catherine receives a letter from Madge. Madge tells Catherine that she has changed her mind and is coming back to marry Chris. Catherine shows Chris the letter and he tells her that he wants to marry her. Chris states clearly that he does not love Madge anymore and that she is the one he wants to marry. Madge returns and does not like losing to anyone and starts out to get Chris back and away from Catherine.
Madge has inherited a bundle from her aunt and needs someone to manage her money. Catherine is jealous of all the time Chris is spending with Madge and confronts her. Madge challenges Catherine to try and keep him. Catherine and Chris are supposed to spend the weekend at the Mockbys.
Madge says if Chris goes she has won but if he misses their train he is hers. Madge detains Chris, he misses the train, and Catherine goes on without him. Now we flash back to Madge putting the moves on Mack who has all along wanted Madge but felt he would never have a chance with her because of Chris. He tries to be strong and set the law down but Madge is twirling him around her finger as the movie ends.
I love the dress Ginger is wearing in the fade out.
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From the moment, Guy Holden Fred meets Mimi Glossop Ginger at customs in England the sparks ignite with fireworks galore and I am forever under their spell.
He offers her his overcoat and gives her his address. A pursuit ensues as Guy chases Mimi down in the countryside. Guy realizes he does not know her name and calls after her asking for her name.
Mimi answers by yelling her name back at him out the car window. Men just … suffer. He sets up a clandestine meeting between Mimi as Mrs. Green and a professional co-respondent, Rodolfo Tonetti Erik Rhodes.
At this time, a co-respondent was a means used to get a divorce as adultery was usually the only way one could obtain one regardless if adultery occurred or not. Guy and Mimi meet up at a seaside hotel in Brighton where Mimi is meeting her professional co-respondent Rodolfo Tonetti so she can be caught in an adulterous situation leading to her welcomed freedom and divorce. Egbert has given Tonetti a phrase to say so Mrs. Green, who is really Mimi, would recognize and invite him to her boudoir.
Guy finds Mimi sitting with her aunt. Mimi flees and he chases her to a secluded area where he continues the pursuit of his Lady Love and learns that Mimi had called him. He first entices her with the lyrics of Night and Day which are so beautifully romantic. Mimi tries to retreat but is stopped at every turn when Guy grabs her arm and beckons Mimi with a few steps. As Mimi turns to leave, Guy takes her hand and spins Mimi around and into his loving arms and they dance into my heart forever.
This is the very instance Ginger convinces the world that Fred is the most desirable lover and dancer ever to grace the screen as she responds to Fred with both body and soul as does he to her. How can anyone watch this duet and not get your blood boiling with desire. Talk about being seductively sensual and to top it off he offers Mimi a cigarette after the encounter. Mimi is totally his for the taking until he says those words.
What words you say? She walks off leaving Guy a little mystified. Mimi is relieved when she realizes Guy is a dancer by profession and not her co-respondent but hesitates in telling him why she is there.
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The gig is up and Tonetti asks Guy if he is a union man when he refuses to leave. Mimi and Guy go back on the balcony and the orchestra starts to play The Continental as the guests below dance and kiss when the lyrics demand it. The results were mutually successful.
For Ginger's part, she had already showed the world her talents, her acuity, her ability to keep up with a superior dancer, and her progress can be seen from film to film, wherein she always holds her own.
Flying solo, she got the chance to prove what she could do on her own two feet. Her comedic sensibilities were tested in Billy Wilder's directorial debut, The Major and the Minor, and she won the Academy Award for her honest and grave performance in Kitty Foyle.
This girl was the whole package: Resting while shooting The Major and the Minor, in which she splendidly and hilariously plays a woman pretending to be a child. Ginger, as well as being beautiful, vibrant, and fun, was also resilient.
Being raised in the Christian Science faith, Ginger could easily enjoy the social life of Hollywood without succumbing to its temptations. She loved to go out, dance, and meet with friends, but she never drank or imbibed on any other substances. She didn't need 'em. The way she saw it, she had her head on straight, so why knock it sideways? To her, playing a game of tennis-- at which she excelled-- indulging on ice cream, or painting private works of art, were the best ways to stimulate the mind and body.
She was the product of discipline, but not harshly so. She worked hard and lived lightly. When looking over old candid photos or reading her memoirs, one can't help but be envious. This woman had fun! She possessed self-confidence and pride without possessing arrogance. She possessed beauty and a perfect figure without being conceited.
All of this vitality and optimism shows in her work. Onscreen, there is always something that makes Ginger snap! This is what drew friends, like Margaret Sullavan, and scores of male admirers, like ex-fiance Howard Hughes, to her. Going down the roster of her boyfriends and wooers, one becomes downright jealous.
The Silver Screen Oasis
From her marriage to Lew Ayres to a never fully realized romance with Cary Grant, this lady had her pick of the litter! Unfortunately, love in its traditional form was never in the cards for Ginger, which is ironic since she was a fairly traditional girl who hoped for home and family. Lew followed it up with another musical, "Broadway Serenade" co-starring Jeannette MacDonald, a not so memorable picture.
He also turned out two more Dr. Kildare pictures that year, "Calling Dr. I really enjoyed Barrymore in this role but then again I feel he was one of the great character actors who took any part and made it brilliant. Kildare series with his co-stars Barrymore and Larraine Day. I can't think of any film series today where a character could appear in three films a year that would draw such box office success but in the early 's the studio was drawing an audience to see Lew in his most famous role.
Kildare" in "Young Dr. He would appear in another film-noir thriller "The Dark Mirror" opposite Olivia de Havilland four years later which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. He served with distinction in the Pacific theater and in New Guinea. A great script which would be remade in as "Unfaithful" starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere as the couple caught up in the murder of the wifes lover.
Both versions are a must see. Lew starred in only one film in"Johnny Belinda" opposite Joan Crawford. His role would garner him an Oscar nod for Best Actor.
Though he would lose out to Laurence Olivier for his brilliant portrayal as "Hamlet" that year, a tough break. Lew would take a part in an occasional B film throughout the 's like the western "New Mexico" then the lead in the horror film "Donovan's Brain" before he turned to an occasional guest appearance on television throughout the 's and 60's.
He would marry for a third time to flight attendant Diana Hall in and remain married until his death. They had one son together, Justin in