Today marks the 100th birthday of the fabulous Ginger Rogers! I have to admit, I’m somewhat surprised that TCM is not marking the occasion with a day of Ginger-centric films—after all, there’s no dearth of great movies from Ginger’s extensive filmography. She could do it all: melodrama (1940’s Kitty Foyle), romance (1945’s Weekend at the Waldorf), physical comedy (1952’s Monkey Business) … the list goes on and on. And while I love (most of) Ginger’s pairings with Fred Astaire, for which she is perhaps best-known, I have always felt like the actress was a somewhat underrated comedienne, and therein lies her great appeal for me as a film fan.
So I will spend this evening watching three of my comedic favorites: The Major and the Minor (1942), Stage Door (1937), and Bachelor Mother (1939), all of which I’ve reviewed here on True Classics in the past. Admittedly, I’ve seen all three of these movies more times than I can count, to the point where I have most of the dialogue memorized. But every time I see these movies, and watch Ginger play an overly hormonal Swedish teenager, spar with Katharine Hepburn, or teach David Niven how to feed a baby, I laugh like it’s the very first time … the mark of a truly classic actress.
What are your favorite Ginger Rogers films, and why?