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Ginger Rogers at home

Bob Landry for LIFE Magazine, March 2, 1942

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  1. Hal
    January 28, 2013

    Ginger seems to be yet another woman who suffered later due to her age and changing tastes. Still, 1952’s very funny and under-rated Monkey Business gave her an amusing role opposite Cary Grant (with an effervescent Marilyn Monroe in support. I used to resist appreciating Norma Jean but she’s so charismatic, and her fragility makes it hard to dislike her). Interestingly, Fred’s last fitting musical role – at least for me – was the following year in The Band Wagon with, of course Cyd Charisse in one of her better parts making the most of her incredible dancing and magnificent legs.

    • January 28, 2013

      Ginger as Edwina (or Mrs. Fulton) rocks this role – doing what she does best, comedy. I know she broke up the Astaire Rogers team because she wanted serious roles but comedy was her strength and “Monkey Business” was perfect for her. I think Hawks followed up “Monkey” with “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and then he too succumbed to changing tastes, a movie like his awkward update of “Bringing up Baby” starring Rock Hudson and Paula Prentiss is best forgotten.

  2. Hal
    January 29, 2013

    Man’s Favourite Sport? I only dimly remember seeing that (though I like Ms Prentiss, as well as her husband, Richard. Wasn’t Rock H in MFS with Paula?) Hawks later movies tend to be a chore for me to watch. Few things last forever (Rio Bravo and El Dorado are okay – tho’ the same film – but I don’t like the attitude, I prefer Red River with poor Montgomery).
    But Bringing Up Baby is a *masterpiece*! Kate Hepburn never better and Cary Grant hilarious as David Huxley. Now, *that* is a romantic comedy none of that romcom rubbish :). “I just went *gay* all of a sudden!”, the torn dress, the golf game, Mr Peabody, Katherine’s indomitability, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby”. Priceless. Hawks’s best from several.

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