My Top Ten Ginger Rogers Moviesby brickley220 | created - 22 Feb 2011 | updated - 18 Apr 2011 | Public
The beautiful and talented Virginia Katherine McMath who became Ginger Rogers was a singing, dancing actress who got her first part in a movie whilst still a teenager. Ginger had been in over 30 films before pairing up with Fred Astaire, but it was this partnership that became iconic. However to quote her relationship with Astaire "It's not as if we were Abbott & Costello. We do have separate careers as well". I believe that my list reflects that, although I admit that I have not seen all of her 90 or so titles.
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1. Follow the Fleet (1936)
Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A Navy sailor tries to rekindle a romance with the woman he loves while on liberty in San Francisco.
My favourite 'Fred & Ginger' especially the finale "Let's Face The Music And Dance" a classic Irvin Berlin musical. "It isn't really that gentlemen prefer blondes. It's just that we look dumber." - 'Sherry Martin.'
2. Bachelor Mother (1939)
Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance
An unemployed woman discovers an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage, and accepts an offer to take responsibility for the child in return for a job.
Ginger's performance opposite both David Niven and Charles Coburn showed her talents for both romantic and comedic acting. "I don't care who the father is, I'm the grandfather!" - 'Polly Parrish.'
3. Top Hat (1935)
Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.
Votes: 14,655 | Gross: $1.78M
The Ultimate Hollywood Musical Fantasy, with every plot line in the book. Don't try to rationalise it, just enjoy! "How could I have ever fallen in love with a man like you!" - 'Dale Tremont.'
4. The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)
Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Western
At the turn of the century, Rose and ex-showbiz friend Molly get involved in selling steel. When they come unstuck with corsets, they embark on the even more hazardous project of selling ... See full summary »
Still sensual, Ginger sells corsets and barbed wire in the Wild West. Watch out for Clint Eastwood and James Arness in supporting roles. "You're handsome. And brave too I'll bet. You like girls?" - 'Miss Rose Gillray, Gillray Corset Co.'
5. Tight Spot (1955)
Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A female inmate is whisked out of prison and into a police guarded hotel until the District Attorney can convince her to testify against the mob in the upcoming trial.
As a Gangster's Moll turned State Witness Ginger faces possible assassination from the Mob or prosecution from Attorney Edward G Robinson. Brian Keith is the tough cop ordered to protect her. "Oh gee! You got me the poker dot dress." - 'Sherry Conley .'
6. The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets - and falls for - a dashing performer.
Back to the safe world of mistaken identity and farce in another beautify choreographed Fred & Ginger musical comedy. Her song "The Continental" won the first Academy Award for a song in a movie. "I hope you like what I ordered. I've never had breakfast with two men before." - 'Mimi Glossop.'
7. Roxie Hart (1942)
Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
Roxie Hart signs a murder confession in order to attract publicity for her dancing career as dames don't swing in Cook County. Will everything go as planned?
Whilst not strictly a musical, this realistic film of the Chicago showbusiness murder story sets the benchmark, that Renee and Catherine had to reach sixty years later. Stanley Kubrick named this movie as one of his top ten all time favourites. "Well hush my big black mouth!" - 'Roxie Hart.'
8. Kitty Foyle (1940)
Approved | 108 min | Drama, Romance
A hard-working, white-collar girl from a middle-class family meets and falls in love with a young socialite, but she soon clashes with his family.
A beautifully told story of the romances that go wrong on a girl's life. When she meets Mr. Right she finds that his family do not approve. "When I find I want to spend 10 Bucks on a girl, then I know that I'm in love." - 'Kitty Foyle.'
9. 42nd Street (1933)
Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star.
Votes: 8,832 | Gross: $2.30M
The classic Hollywood/ Busby Berkley musical with Ginger wisecracking as 'Anytime Annie' the veteran showgirl with the ice cold wit enclosing a warm heart. "Not Anytime Annie? Say, who could forget 'er? She only said "No" once, and THEN she didn't hear the question!" - 'Ann 'Anytime Annie' Lowell.'
10. The Major and the Minor (1942)
Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Romance
A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth.
Votes: 5,050 | Gross: $6.38M
Only Billy Wilder could even attempt to convince the audience that a thirty something Ginger could impersonate a 12 year old girl in this romantic comedy with Ray Milland. "You should be very glad I'm not 12. I was a very straightforward child. I used to spit." - 'Susan Applegate.'