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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Ginger Rogers

GINGER ROGERS (1911-1995), born Virginia Katherine McMath

The Major and the Minor (1942)

Haven't you seen The Major and the Minor (1942)?

This comedy costars Ray Milland. Ginger's real life mom plays her mom at the end.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Vivacious Lady (1938) This comedy costars Jimmy Stewart. Beula Bondi plays Stewart's mom and is wonderful when she does the Big Apple dance!
I'll Be Seeing You (1944) Costars Joseph Cotton. Ginger plays a convict out on parole, touching story.
Having Wonderful Time (1938) Another comedy which costars Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Ginger goes on vacation, watch for Ann Miller among the campers!
Top Hat (1935) This musical costars Fred Astaire. I love all of the Roger/Astaire movies but this is my favorite one. You can't beat songs like "Cheek to Cheek", "Top Hat", and "White Tie and Tails"! Lucy Ball is the flower shop girl.

*Contributed by: "Deborah Lovejoy" Date: Wed, Jun 20 2001 / 16:18:46 PST

Academy Awards®
© A.M.P.A.S.®
1940 Won Best Actress in a Leading Role: KITTY FOYLE


  • An all-time favorite film of mine is Bachelor Mother (1939) which stars Ginger and David Niven. It is a wonderful romantic comedy. She plays Polly Parrish, a clerk in a department store who is mistaken for the mother of a foundling. On Christmas eve, the very day she receives a pink slip that she no longer has a job post Christmas, she sees a woman place a baby on the foundling home's doorstep and ring the bell. Afraid the baby will roll down the stairs, she picks up the little bundle and the foundling home directors, answering the door, believe Polly is the baby's mother. She cannot convince them otherwise. David Niven plays David Merlin (the son) of John Merlin and Son's Department Store, whom the foundling home directors convince to give Polly her job back, so she can keep her baby.The story is true comedy of errors at its best.

    By Anonymous Elizabeth Van Cleve, at Tue Oct 21, 02:03:00 PM PDT  

  • Hello,

    I am enjoying your blog but how do you view older posts and comments?

    Also I have 'The Major And The Minor' at the top of my Netflix queue as I have never saw it along with some of the other Ginger Rogers films you have recommended. I have only really seen her in the musicals so I am looking forward to seeing them. Thank you.


    By Anonymous John, at Wed Oct 22, 05:29:00 PM PDT  

  • Thanks John for your comment. I also have Netflix. Netflix is a great way to introduce yourself to classics that you haven't that viewed, suggested on this blog. There are so many wonderful older films yet to discover.

    As far as navigating this blog goes, use the sidebar on the home page. Click SHOWCASES. GINGER ROGERS? is only one of many showcases.

    Keep watching those classics!

    By Anonymous Elizabeth Van Cleve, at Thu Oct 23, 02:20:00 PM PDT