Happy 78th to...

the film "Flying Down to Rio", which (according to IMDb, anyway) premired on December 29th, 1933.  Ironically, it's the film that's currently on the 'HueyReview' clock... that posting is still a few days off (probably will be next year...) - but should be a fun one to dissect.

In the meantime, just a few issues...

First, on 1/1/12, Gingerology WILL have a new feature (after literally years of speculation), "This Day in Gingerology". It will basically be a line or two tacked at the top of the site, regarding a significant event in the life of Ginger Rogers or Gingerology, such as film release dates (such as the 'main' topic of this post), as well as birthdays / deaths of any actors/actresses/producers, or others related to Ginger (that's quite a few folks in and of itself!). Hopefully it will prove to be an interesting 'blurb' to check out each day for y'all...

Second, Huey is VERY close to 'launching' a NEW blog, which will be regarding 'all things OTHER than Ginger'...which will a VERY broad brush...from other classic films, to current issues, music of all denominations, TV stuff, and general tomfoolery which hopefully will be, if not overtly informative, at LEAST somewhat entertaining... more info on that later, as it would obviously be pretty cool to get that started on 1/1/12...but sometimes, due to circumstances beyond our control, yada yada yada...

And lastly, hope EVERYONE out there had a GREAT and truly blessed Christmas, Hanukkah, and any other holiday observance they partook in or WILL partake in...  one thing's for sure, EVERYONE is under the same calandar (well, except for the Chinese..and, well, I'm sure there are others...dang it!)...well, MOST eveyone is under the same calendar, so....
Happy New Year to all of y'all!!!!  
Have a safe one!!! (watch Bachelor Mother... a pretty neat New Year's scene in the middle of it.. with a Swedish twist! :-)  )

And, as always and forevermore...

...KIG!!!

VKMfanHuey
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Alfred Hitchcock 30-50% off? Yes please!

I really need to stay out of Barnes and Noble when they have things on sale. I was on my way home and was probably two blocks away from Barnes and Noble when I got an email from them talking about their great after holiday sales. Without hesitation I pulled in there and my wallet let out a little cry. 


I was in and the first thing I see is the book 'Marilyn Monroe: Intimate Exposures' by Bernard of Hollywood for 50% off. [Wound up getting it for $15.75, regular $35] Grabbed it without hesitation. I knew that this was going to be a great trip. I then headed up to my usual spot upstairs in the DVD section. Things only got better!

I am just browsing to see if they had anything new on sale and bam! Alfred Hitchcock on sale! Got the Limited Edition Alfred Hitchcock Essential Collection that I had been wanting, but didn't want to spend the $59.99 for it. The set includes Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds... and get this, it was only $31.49! Than I look to the left and there is one of those cheapie box sets with lesser known moves that usually sells for $9.99 that I got for $4.49. $4.49 for 20 of Hitchcock's films?! Yes sir! And finally I ran across Dial M For Murder for only $10! 

Some people need to drink or do drugs to get a high... all I need is to is walk out of that store with a bag full of Classic Hollywood goodies and I am one happy camper. As if all of the other stuff wasn't good enough, I ran across the book Lucille Ball Treasures and picked it up for $11.24!

Another great trip! $150 in merchandise for $75! Merry Christmas to me!

Put the blame on mame...

... and the holidays for my lack of updates. I work retail and the last couple of weeks have been so hectic! I have had many things planned, but couldnt get around to putting them together. Now that the holiday shopping season is over with, I will be updating with some new posts soon!


I do want to apologize to Backlots and Forever Classics for missing out on their wonderful blogathons. I really wanted to take part, but I just didn't have the time. Make sure you check out the Dueling Divas and Humphrey Bogart blogathons to read the other contributions!

I have been able to squeeze in some Classic Hollywood things into my life recently though! I have purchased or received the following: Rita Hayworth Film Collection ['You Excite Me' from Tonight and Every Night is awesome!], 'Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis', 'The Marilyn Monroe Treasures', and 'Judy: A Legendary Film Career'! The Judy book was a gift, but the other items I got for great prices! All three for $80! The Rita Hayworth Film Collection sells for $65 regular price by itself! I also was able to catch It's A Wonderful Life at the local theater! What a great film! I cried at least 4 times during it!

Well that is all for now... everyone have a great holiday!

Merry Christmas, y'all...

 ...from all the folks here at Gingerology! Hope everyone gets exactly what they want, but also to reflect on the past year and study on what the TRUE meaning of Christmas is...

...And as a bit of a 'present' to y'all, here's a little 'post-script' to the "Sitting Pretty" series of posts, a video of Ginger and Jack Oakie doing the Ginger-penned, "Used To Be You"...I figure most of y'all have seen this one, but, just in case, here it is again... Ginger is, as usual, lethally cute...
Y'all be safe out there! I hope to get rolling on the 'Rio' review (say THAT three times fast!) in a day or so, but obviously the season is pretty full of festivities...

KIG and Merry Christmas, y'all!!!

VERY Sincerely,
VKMfanHuey
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...the 'Sitting Pretty' Aftereview...

...or at least 'overflow' for screen caps... here are a gob of caps from the 'Did You Ever See a Dream Walking' scene... no comments, as none are really needed...hope ya enjoy! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sorry - next time I'll try to take a few more screen caps for y'all ;-)

It appears that for future reviews for films with ample Ginger, there will most likely be more of these 'Aftereview' posts to share mondo screen caps with y'all (a BIG potential for the many GandF routines coming up...) ...hope ya don't mind... I kinda have the feeling y'all are OK with it...

Well, as for 'next post', I'll figure out something Christmas-y in regards to Ginger... it's a shame she didn't take the Wonderful Life role... oh well, there's a few movies she did which are set at Christmastime, so we'll delve into those pretty soon...hope everyone is wrapping up shopping and gifts for the Yuletide festivities which are nigh upon us... And remember, it always helps to...

...Keep It Gingery, y'all!!!

VKMfanHuey
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Film | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes's Lost Musical Number

I am excited to say this will be the 100th post here on Blame Mame! I can't wait to write 1,000 more! I really am appreciative to the followers and other readers who make their daily stops by the blog. I love seeing your comments on the entries and over on the Blame Mame Facebook page!

If you weren't able to read between the lines through past posts, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is pretty much my favorite movie of all time! And with a cast that includes two of my top ladies (Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell), musical numbers to die for, and stunning Travilla designed gowns... how could this film now be at the top of everyone's list?


Some of you may know this and some of you may not, but there was a musical number cut from the film before its theatrical release. Whenever I found this out I was so excited, but then I learned it may be lost forever. Most of the time the film that was cut from films literally was left 'on the cutting room floor.' How could there be a musical number from my favorite movie that I will never get to see?!?

I haven't been able to find out much about it, but I do know it was titled Four French Dances and would have been toward the end of the film when the girls make it to France. My best guess would be that it would have come right before the 'Diamond's Are A Girl's Best Friend' number because Lorelei and Dorothy can be scene in the costume when Mr. Esmund goes backstage to talk to the girls. From the productions stills stills I have seen, it looks like it would have been an amazing number. If you are interested, you can see a small clip from the scene in the film's trailer. Marilyn and Jane can be seen walking on a ladder. [around the 2.12 mark]



I also heard of another musical number that was cut from the film titled 'Down Boy'. I know the number was performed by Marilyn... possibly in the scene where she is dancing with Piggy in the gold lame gown on the ship. I think I read somewhere it was cut because the gown was too risque to be shown in theaters. I know I have heard the music from the number somewhere, but that was over 5 years ago and I cant find it again. If anyone knows where I can find the music, please let me know!

And as if that weren't enough, there is also a costume that was unused from this film that can be seen in wardrobe test for the film. The costume looks very revealing at first glance, but it is just another illusion by the master designer Travilla. I wonder when Marilyn would have worn it?


You can find more images from the Four French Dances number behind the cut...