Thursday, September 8, 2011

Follow the Fleet and other things!

I have moved! I am now located in the Kansas City area! I have not done much exploring yet, but finding Ginger's birth house in Independence, MO is definitely on my to-do list. I'm thinking Sunday might be a good day for a drive.

Tonight one of my other favorite people, Cher, was the guest programmer on TCM and it turns out she's a big fan of our girl! I was excited to learn that, and I think Ginger would have been tickled to know it too. Cher didn't mention that she had ever met Ginger but I have to wonder if their paths had crossed somewhere--it's possible! Cher showed Follow the Fleet as one of her selections and as I was alone for the evening, I watched it even though a) I've seen it and b) I own it and can watch it whenever I want. It's not my favorite Fred and Ginger film in terms of plot or cuteness, but in terms of dancing I give it an A++++. Let's Face the Music And Dance is brilliant, as is Let Yourself Go.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Moving Day Approaches...

Well, I move in one day. The walls in my room are bare and it's freaking me out. That hasn't happened in a long, long time. I've been freaking out a lot the past couple days, but last night after Kayla got here we watched Vivacious Lady, which I had not yet seen, and right now we are watching Lucky Partners, which neither of us have seen. Just watching Miss Ginger makes me feel a little less stressed and a lot more happy. I find that I rarely watch her without smiling. Vivacious Lady was especially fun. Lucky Partners is alright so far.

My next update will likely be from Overland Park, Kansas. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Worst Fan Blog in the World

I am not posting here as much as I want to, and it's frustrating me. My job is crazy right now, and I'm preparing to move so I'm just kind of... everywhere. I STILL haven't gotten around to watching Shall We Dance, Lucky Partners, or my newest addition to my DVR, Vivacious Lady. The good news is I WILL be watching them soon as I am DONE with work after next week! And then I will be hardcore packing, since at the beginning of September I am moving to the Kansas City area.
Shortly after I started planning my move a few months ago, I learned that Ginger Rogers was from Independence, and I felt like it was kind of... time for me to learn ABOUT Ginger. Then I started doing that, and it was like it was meant to be--super fangirl-ness. So. That's my little story about how I found Ginger (or Ginger found me...?) and why I am doubly excited to move. I have never lived outside my hometown, but desperately wanted out. This is a big move for me. So, while I will continue to post here (and more often!) about Ginger, I also may be posting some about the progress of my move. Since the two are kind of related, at least in my head, I think that's okay. Also, I'm pretty sure no one but me reads this :o)

Have a Tuesday night Ginger for your troubles.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ginger DVR Alert!

Lucky Partners is airing on TCM tomorrow, August 4, at 5am my time (6am for most humans). I'm REALLY EXCITED to record this movie as I have not seen it and my days with my DVR are limited, as I will be sans DVR when I move in a month.

Also, Stage Door will be on TCM this Saturday, August 6, at 8pm/7pm central in celebration of Lucille Ball's 100th birthday. I'm going to count it as a belated Ginger's 100th birthday celebration, too... she and Lucy were pals so they can share :o)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Favorite Thing Of The Day!

Ginger and Carol Channing in a promo for The First Traveling Saleslady. Which I think I kind of want to see.

And I STILL haven't watched Shall We Dance, because I'm the worst. Soon. Soon.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Favorite Thing Of The Day!

Yes, what you see before you is real. Ginger has made a friend. And this friend is a cow.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Video Spam of Sorts.

Before the Parade Passes By from Hello Dolly! (1965)
I love that this exists. She sounds wonderful. I was discussing with some other Ginger fans today that I think she would have been a terrific Rose in Gypsy.

The Saga of Jenny from Lady In The Dark (1944)
This is... a trip. Ginger is FABULOUS, though. Which makes up for the fact that the rest of it is pretty much a hot mess.

I'll Be Hard to Handle from Roberta (1935)
Okay. Okay. Okay. So I FINALLY WATCHED ROBERTA TODAY! And no longer feel like a cheater for having watched this number 85 million times. Her accent is hilarious in the best way. She sounds like a misplaced Gabor. It's perfect. And the DANCE, holy guacamole.

The Yam from Carefree (1938)
This video has Spanish subtitles, so you can learn the whole Yam in Spanish! Fun fact: "The Yam" in Spanish is apparently "la batata." So there, being a Ginger Rogers fan is also an educational experience!

Ginger singing her very own song Used to Be You, with Jack Oakie. This is from a short called Hollywood On Parade and according to Ginger's book, the year is 1932. She says the melody came to her while riding a train and listening to the click-clack of its wheels.