Saturday, December 8, 2012

Movie Posters

Photoplay magazine cover      January 1937
I'd like to start with this:  on there are some digitized posters from movies starring Miss Ginger Rogers.  They can be downloaded from  There is a link, on the page where they are available to download, that describes the content to have "No Copyright".  I don't know if this is true or not.  The posters are various versions of the advertising posters from the movies, originals and re-releases, so that might mean they were intended for public distribution and therefore, that might mean - no copyright.

I am not a lawyer, and I don't care to become one, so I'll leave it at this:  Below are URL addresses where you can find the posters on  If you want to download them, that is up to you.

Here is the address for the copyright details:

And here is the address for the posters featuring Ginger Rogers (and many more featuring other stars):

Specific movies:

A Chance at Heaven

Flying Down to Rio


Shall We Dance
Swing Time

Top Hat  (Majestic Theater advertisement)

Not exactly a poster, this item is for the cover of some sheet music of the song "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking" from the movie Sitting Pretty with Ginger Rogers:
For just the image of the cover:

On a different page, you can find a poster for the movie Storm Warning.  There are NO details as to whether there is any copyright on the items presented on this page:
For just the image of the Storm Warning poster:
There is a small article about Ginger Rogers, mentioning Fred Astaire, and some words about Alice Faye on the same page.  There is no mention of what magazine it is from but you might be able to guess the date:

The items below are posters from Swing Time and Shall We Dance, in French:  (updated Jan 19, 2013)

They are from a magazine called La Cinematographie Francaise from April 30, 1937 and available in the Media History Digital Library.  Below are the URL addresses so that you may peruse the magazine, but only if you can read French, unlike me: - Swing Time - Shall We Dance

For more information or to see the posters separately, go to this blog page:

A large number of advertisements from movie magazines for movies featuring the one and only Miss Ginger Rogers are on this blog page:

Pictures of Ginger from magazines can be found on these blog pages:

Photoplay magazine image at top of page available here:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Soundtrack Recordings

Miss Ginger Rogers lent her voice to many a recording of song.  A few of the soundtracks from the movies she starred in with Fred Astaire can be found on  All the information below can also be found on the "Ginger Sings" page of this blog.

Motion Picture magazine     October 1936

Swing Time (1936) and The Gay Divorcee (1934).  The items featuring Ginger Rogers singing are:
  • "A Fine Romance" duet with Fred Astaire
  • "Swing Time" (1936) finale duet with Fred Astaire, Helen Broderick, Victor Young and Georges Metaxa
  • "Pick Yourself Up" duet with Fred Astaire with extended music and dancing sounds
  • "The Continental" with Erick Rhodes and ensemble plus some words from Fred Astaire; includes closing credits music
The songs that Fred Astaire sang in those movies are also on the same page including:  "Never Gonna Dance", "Bojangles of Harlem", "The Way You Look Tonight", "A Needle in a Haystack", and "Night and Day" plus the song "Let's Knockaknees" and the music for "Waltz in Swingtime", dancing sounds included, with introduction dialogue by Fred Astaire and Georges Metaxa.

Photoplay magazine   June 1937

Shall We Dance (1937) with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin.  Ginger sings:

  • "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" duet with Fred Astaire, with some of the skating sounds from the dance
  • "They All Laughed"
The songs that Fred Astaire sang in this movie are also on the same page including: "I've Got Beginners Luck", "Slap That Bass" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me"

Motion Picture magazine     March 1935

Top Hat (1935) and The Gay Divorcee (1934) also only has 2 songs by Ginger:

  • "The Continental" with Erick Rhodes and ensemble plus some words from Fred Astaire; includes closing credits music
  • "The Piccolino" with music from the dance and dancing sounds and the music from the finale dance of Top Hat
The songs that Fred Astaire sang in those movies are also on the same page including: "A Needle in a Haystack", "Night and Day", "Cheek to Cheek", "Isn't It a Lovely Day to Get Caught in the Rain", "No Strings" and "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails".

Just in case you missed the movies in their first run, here are a few reviews so you can catch up on the plots.

Motion Picture magazine   January 1935

Motion Picture magazine   November 1935
Motion Picture magazine   November 1936
Photoplay magazine    June 1937
Images above can be found in the Media History Digital Library:
Swing Time poster -
"Cutest Shot of the Month" from Shall We Dance-
Continental dance still from The Gay Divorcee -
The Gay Divorcee review -
Top Hat review - 
Swing Time review -
Shall We Dance? review -

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Your Radio Theater - Tom, Dick and Harry

It has been brought to my attention that the radio version, starring Miss Ginger Rogers of Tom, Dick and Harry, listed with the Lux Radio Theater items isn't actually a Lux Radio Theater show.  I've listened to the show a few times and it escaped my notice.  That shows you the value of an ear witness, I guess.  The show SOUNDS just like a Lux show.  The introduction is the same style, the music is the same and good old Cecil B. Demille is the director/host BUT this particular version is actually a Your Radio Theater production.  A big give away that this is a different show is Harry James playing the trumpet, with his Music Makers, and Helen Forrest singing where the Lux soap ads would have been.  A bigger hint is the announcer actually saying, "From Hollywood, Your Radio Theater" followed by "for all of you men and women in the armed forces of the United Nations."  It was produced by the "Special Service" from Hollywood, California. 

It is possible that the show originated as a Lux episode and, with just a few changes to the beginning, middle and ending, was rebroadcast for the troops overseas as part of a request series with a different title.  I've looked through some Old Time Radio (OTR) logs and haven't found any listings for other Your Radio Theater shows made during World War II (there is an NBC series of the same name in the 1950's but it doesn't appear to be the same one).  If I find anything else out, I'll add it here.

In the meantime, here is a photo from the making of the movie Tom, Dick and Harry, starring Ginger Rogers, George Murphy and some other fellas, from Motion Picture magazine:

Motion Picture magazine    July 1941

If you are searching on, the radio show is listed with the Lux Radio Theater shows from 1941 and you can find it here:

or listen online here:

For a list of Lux Radio Theater shows featuring Ginger Rogers, that can be found on, checkout this blog page:

For an alphabetical list of radio shows featuring Ginger Rogers, that can be found on, checkout this blog page:

The Motion Picture magazine image above can be found here:

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Top Hat - RKO Radio Preview

Photoplay Magazine    September 1935
This item just appeared on
It is a recording of a radio preview of songs from Top Hat, the movie, starring Miss Ginger Rogers and Mr. Fred Astaire.  It is a "sparkling romance set brilliantly to music."  What with the great Rogers-Astaire magic on the dance floor and the wonderful score by Irving Berlin, you'd just be crazy not to be crazy for it and I'm sure it will be a hit!  The record only runs for 13 minutes and 27 seconds but in that amount of time you get:

Fred Astaire singing "No Strings"
Fred Astaire singing "Isn't it a Lovely Day (to Be Caught in the Rain)"
Ginger Rogers singing "The Piccolino"
Fred Astaire singing "Cheek to Cheek"
Fred Astaire singing "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails"

Check it out at:

I couldn't get the MP3 to play but the Ogg file (what a name) does work if you go to:

The songs are those from the movie but only "No Strings" includes the sound of tapping feet after the song is done.

The "Hollywood (Is) on the Air" radio preview for Roberta is also on the page for your listening pleasure.  Other "Hollywood (Is) on the Air" items are listed here:

In case you missed it, here is the review of Top Hat from Photoplay Magazine, November 1935:

You can find the review from Photoplay Magazine here:

You can find the photo, from Photoplay Magazine seen at the top of this page, of Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire and Irving Berlin here:

Monday, October 15, 2012

1940 U.S. Census Form

This item may only be for the true Ginger Rogers enthusiast.  Above is the 1940 United States Census form with Miss Ginger Rogers listed as living at 1605 Gilcrest Drive, Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County, California.  This item is now in the public domain after being released by the U.S. government archives....
The red arrow points Miss Rogers out for you.  Below is a closer view with the best that I can make out of the blurred type.
The address is 1605, I can't read what the 121 goes with but the O means the home is owned, the value of the home is $125,000, NO to it being a farm, with Rogers, Ginger as the sole name for "person whose usual place of residence" is this address,  and Rogers, Ginger is the "Head" of the house.

Next the resident identifies herself as F (female), W (white), 28 years old at last birthday, D (divorced), No to the question of whether resident was attending school as of March 1, highest level of education is listed as 8th grade (formal education anyway), with a birthplace of Missouri.  The last box asks where the resident lived April 1, 1935 and "Same Place" is written in.

Still in the Residence box, "On a farm" is answered No.  Moving on to employment questions, asked if employed - yes, (due to the yes answer, skip ahead to question 26), number of hours worked per week (I'm guessing, I really can't read much of this thing) - 44.

Occupation - Actress; Industry - Motion Picture; Class of Worker - PW (private worker); number of weeks worked 52, income 5,000.  I think the last question is about income other than wages and the answer is Yes but that is a big guess.

Ah, the Census, required by the U.S. Constitution yet so many people avoid it and here it is as history.  Too bad it is so hard to read.

Here's a picture of Miss Ginger Rogers from Photoplay magazine, June 1940:
can be found:

Friday, October 5, 2012

Missing Radio Shows

Photoplay magazine  April 1937
There are some radio shows Miss Ginger Rogers gave voice to that are listed in the public domain but aren't on (at least I can't find them).  I've seen some for sale on the internet, even though that would be a no-no seeing as they are in the public domain, but there it 'tis.  Those for sale, at least, aren't lost but some may have disappeared for good.

A Cavalcade of Stars

March 27, 1955, NBC network, a tribute to the Academy Awards with Ginger as one of many guests.  Show length:  29:25

Ben Bernie Show (The) -  

February 12, 1935 Ginger Rogers as guest sings and is interviewed.  Show length:  29:22

Big Show (The) -  

December 2, 1951 with host Tallulah Bankhead also featuring Fred Allen, George Sanders, Lauritz Melchior, Paul McGrath and Dolores Gray

Chase and Sanborn Hour (The) later called Charlie McCarthy Show (The)

December 5, 1937, host Don Ameche and Ginger as guest
April 16, 1939, also called "The Charlie McCarthy Show";  Ginger as guest in segment called "Dancing"
June 25, 1939,  host Don Ameche;  Ginger as guest plays a scene called "The Criminal Type" with Don Ameche.  Show length:  59:51
June 1, 1952, now called "The Charlie McCarthy Show", Ginger as guest

Conoco Listener's Hour (The)

March or April, 1931 with host R.C. Wentworth;  Ginger sings songs from Girl Crazy, the Gershwin hit that she was starring in on Broadway at the time

Front Line Theater also called The Star and the Story -  

Vivacious Lady - March 27, 1944 with Walter Pidgeon, produced by AFRS (Armed Forces Radio Service).  It is possible this first aired March 19, 1944 as The Star and the Story and was rebroadcast as AFRS Front Line Theater a week later.

Hollywood Hotel  -

I Met Him in Paris - October 7, 1938 with David Niven and John McLean, sponsor: Campbell Soup

Hollywood On the Air -

June 5, 1933; Ginger performs scenes from her movie Professional Sweetheart, with members of the cast

Lady In the Dark -  

1944;  movie soundtrack with Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland.  Show length:  20:30

Legends of the Screen

January 1, 1983; syndicated WCBS-TV air-checkThis was recorded in 1981 for television and syndicated by Personality Journalism Ltd.  Hosted by Nancy Collins, interviews with Ginger Rogers, Dorothy Lamour, Rhonda Fleming and Myrna Loy are included.  Show length: 1 hour.

Lux Radio Theater -

Barkleys of Broadway - January 1, 1951;  with George Murphy
Forever Female - April 19, 1955

Mail Call -  

October 18, 1942 also featuring Cary Grant and Gertrude Niesen

Mercury Theater - Lady Esther Presents Orson Welles (CBS) 

A Farewell to Arms - November 24, 1941 with Orson Welles (of course); episode 10

Packard Radio Hour (NBC) -  

September 8, 1936 - Ginger played host to Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Allen Jones, and Francia White.  Fred Astaire was the host of the show but he was late coming back from Europe so Ginger filled in for him.
There is a small mention of it in The Film Daily  September 4, 1936

and again in Photoplay magazine December 1936, only this time it is described with Jack Benny as host and Ginger is the guest that Jack falls on during the show

Parade of Musical Hits also called A Paramount Movie Parade

December 1933,  program number 8; a Paramount Pictures syndication;  featuring Ginger Rogers, Maurice Chevalier, Bing Crosby, Jeanette MacDonald and Mae West.  Show length:  12:34

Prudential Family Hour of Stars (The) (CBS)-  

By-Line:  Nellie Bly - October 31, 1948; episode 5
The Secret Diary of Mistress Croft - November 21, 1948; episode 8
Appointment in Springfield - February 13, 1949; episode 20
The Capture of Kitty Stone - March 27, 1949; episode 26
Yo, Ho, Ho for Emily - May 22, 1949; episode 34

Screen Guild Theater -

- as Camel Screen Guild Theater (NBC - 30 min shows):
Good Sam - April 7, 1949; with Gary Cooper  (was to air March 31, 1949 but was pre-empted by a speech by Winston Churchill)
The Cowboy and the Lady - April 20, 1950; with MacDonald Carey

- as Screen Guild Theater (ABC - 1 hr shows)
Tom, Dick and Harry - December 7, 1950; with George Murphy and Dennis O'Keefe

Shell Chateau -

June 6, 1936 with host Smith Ballow and also featuring John Barrymore, Edward Everett Horton and Malvin Koontz, a lion tamer; and Olga Zeleste, a wild animal trainer.


Silver Theater -

 With All My Love - December 3, 1939

Sitting Pretty

November 1933, program #5, a Paramount Pictures syndication of a radio trailer for the movie Sitting Pretty with Ginger Rogers, Jack Haley, Jack Oakie, Show length:  13:19
December 1933, program #6, a Paramount Pictures syndication of a radio trailer for the movie Sitting Pretty with Ginger Rogers, Jack Haley, Jack Oakie, Gregory Ratoff and the Pickens Sisters.  Show Length:  11:43

Theater Guild on the Air also called U.S. Steel Hour (NBC) -  

 The Barker - September 17, 1950  with Paul Douglas,  60 minute show
 Within the Law - February 11, 1951  with Lee Tracy,  60 minute show

Your Movietown Radio Theatre

1947 "Return to America", ZIV syndication, with host Lela Rogers; Ginger as guest.  Show length:  27:32

I've seen advertisements for a show called "45 minutes in Hollywood", sponsored by Borden Milk, that Ginger was due to be interviewed on but I haven't found any listings for the show on any OTR logs or seen them available anywhere. 

Photoplay magazine image available:

Radio Shows from A-Z

Motion Picture magazine  July 1933
Below are all of the radio show appearances by Miss Ginger Rogers that I've found on, in alphabetical order.  Most of the old time radio (aka OTR) websites list everything by show.  However, if you know the artist and you don't know the show, that doesn't do you much good.  At least it didn't help me out much.

What you see below follows these guidelines:
  1. If there are 2 URLs listed, the first is for the main page where the show can be found and the second leads to the show playing.
  2. Shows with titles starting with the word "THE" are listed as if the show name started with the second word in the title.
  3. Shows with the same title are listed chronologically.

22nd Academy Awards, 1949 - Ginger Rogers presents special award to Fred Astaire
(updated Jan 20, 2013)  (part 3, minute 07:55)

A Free Soul - Lux Radio Theater 

Bachelor Mother - Lux Radio Theater

Bachelor Mother (#296) - Screen Guild Theater  (with David Niven)

Big Show (The) - May 6, 1951; episode 27
(look for show:  51-05-06_ep27_Fred_Allen,_Georgie_Jessell)

Bob Hope Show (The) - From Camp Pendleton; February 8, 1844

Bookends and Babies - Amos and Andy,  episode 10

Brief Moment - Lux Radio Theater  (updated March 30, 2013)

Captain Had a Daughter (The) - Silver Theater

Capture Of Lizzie Stone (The) - original radio play (1943) (updated March 23, 2013)

Command Performance
August 21, 1943
August 5, 1944  

September 30, 1944  

March 7, 1946  

February 23, 1947  

Curtain Rises (The) - Lux Radio Theater

Emma - Cavalcade of America

Fifth Ave Girl - Lux Radio Theater

Gay Divorcee (The) - Hollywood (is) on the Air (movie promo)
and (updated December 17, 2012) 

G.I. Journal - January 12, 1945
(look for this show:  GI_Journal_450112_Fibber_McGee_And_Molly)

House Near Little Dock Street (The) - Cavalcade of America

Imperfect Lady (#24) - Screen Guild Theater

It Grows on Trees - Lux Radio Theater

Kitty Foyle - Lux Radio Theater  (with Dennis Morgan)

Kitty Foyle - Academy Award Theater

Lady in the Dark - Lux Radio Theater 

Lucky Partners (#81) - Screen Guild Theater

Major and The Minor (The) - Lux Radio Theater

Petrified Forest (The)  - Everything for the Boys

Recollections at 30 - compilation show of items from the 1930's but aired October 17, 1956 (updated 04/25/2013) Ginger can be heard at 10:32 singing "Isn't This a Lovely Day to be Caught in the Rain"

Roberta - Hollywood (is) on the Air (movie promo)
and (updated December 17, 2012)
Seven Hundred Boiled Shirts - Cavalcade of America

Shell Chateau - September 28, 1935

She Married Her Boss - Lux Radio Theater

Skylark (#158) - Screen Guild Theater

Son of the Navy - Silver Theater

Stage Door - Lux Radio Theater

Tom, Dick and Harry - Lux Radio Theater / Your Radio Theater  (with movie cast)

Top Hat - RKO Radio Preview of songs from the movie (updated November 18, 2012)

Twenty Million Sweethearts - Hollywood (is) on the Air (movie promo) 
and (updated December 17, 2012)  

Vamp Till Dead - Suspense 

Vivacious Lady (#51) - Screen Guild Theater

Motion Picture magazine image available at: