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: