1. TODAY IN GINNY! - September 16 - Mildred Gover

    image Wow! One of our Facebook players pulled this one out minutes prior to the answer being posted.
    I was in two films with Virginia Weidler.
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    They were MRS. WIGGS OF THE CABBAGE PATCH (1934) and THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1936 (1935).

    My career ran only slightly longer than Virginia’s.
    It ran fifteen years and 53 credits. Sadly, we also lived equally brief lives. We both died at age 41.

    I was extremely typecast.
    I played Hattie and Mattie and Lettie and Molly and Mandy. I was also “black cook spilling milk” in BB36 and Priscilla in MRS. WIGGS.
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    I also worked with Shirley Temple, Billy Gilbert, Billy Mauch, Jane Withers, and Natalie Wood.
    All by 1946.

    I have about a three degree connection to NCIS.
    I was in YOUTH WILL BE SERVED with Elyse Knox, Elyse was mother to Mark Harmon, and Mark Harmon stars on NCIS. I could also say that I have a three degree connection to Pam Dawber and the UCLA football team, I guess.

    Who am I?
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    Mildred Gover, underutilized actress, born on this date in 1905.
     

  2. TODAY IN GINNY! - September 16 - Who Am I?

    Here’s today’s mystery TIGer.

    I was in two films with Virginia Weidler.

    My career ran only slightly longer than Virginia’s.

    I was extremely typecast.

    I also worked with Shirley Temple, Billy Gilbert, Billy Mauch, Jane Withers, and Natalie Wood.

    I have about a three degree connection to NCIS.

    Who am I?

     

     

  3. hazardsofleavingthehouse:

    (Media Review: Actress Virginia Weidler)

    “In the last decade hundreds of children have been exploited for a single film and then have plunged into obscurity, not giving up hope, but doomed to oblivion. Each had one brief moment in the sun. They thought for a few weeks or a few months that…

    A very nice piece. Please click on the link and read it in its entirety.  From the Society’s own research I’m of the opinion that Virginia’s demise in Hollywood had little to do with Temple and more to do with her own growing pains. She wanted to play adults at sixteen-like the five year older Garland was just starting to-and MGM would have preferred her to to play age eleven forever. 

    Maybe we fans would have liked that, too.

    Still, the result of the dispute was that MGM simply stopped casting her in mid 1943 while keeping her under contract. All she could do was work on the stage. So she did.

    Update-I want to make it absolutely clear that I really like the piece. Reading back I see all I mentioned was my disagreement on the one conclusion.

    This piece was thoughtful and a nice tribute to Virginia and her career.

    I thank the author.

     
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  5. loveless422:

    Lee Tracy, Virginia Weilder, and Peggy Shannon in Fixer Dugan (1939).

    Thanks! How did I miss this when first blogged?

    (Source: ebay.com)

     

  6. TODAY IN GINNY! - September 15 - Richard Hall

    Good morning!  Now for yesterday’s TIGer!

    I was in two films with Virginia Weidler.
    They were BABES ON BROADWAY (1941) and BORN TO SING (1942).

    My career lasted less than five years.
    I started in 1941 and was done by 1945. Still, I made my mark in my first three films with an appearance as Nick Charles Jr. in SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN and as a child prodigy pianist (which I was) in the two films mentioned above.

    During that time I also appeared in films with Marjorie Main, Judy Garland, June Allyson, and Ruth Hussey.
    I was with Garland in THE CLOCK as well as BoB, with Hussey in TENNESSEE JOHNSON and with Main and Allyson in multiple films.

    I even spent some time in a gang.
    I was in several OUR GANG shorts during the Bobby Blake era.

    Who am I?


    Richard Hall, born on September 15, 1934.

    P.S.-ginnyfan insists we hoe down in celebration.

     

  7. TODAY IN GINNY! - September 15 - Who Am I?

    I was in two films with Virginia Weidler.

    My career lasted less than five years.

    During that time I also appeared in films with Marjorie Main, Judy Garland, June Allyson, and Ruth Hussey.

    I even spent some time in a gang.

    Who am I?

     

     

  8. TODAY IN GINNY! - September 14 - John Halliday

    Good morning, barely! This will be another low posting day due to real life. We’ll probably do the answer to today’s TIG! guest as tomorrow morning’s post as well. Here’s yesterday’s answer.

    I was in two films with Virginia Weidler.
    They were PETER IBBETSON (1935) and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940).



    I was in films from 1912, but am best known for my last decade of work.
    I spent many years in silent films, often using the first name of “Jack”.

    I spent a good deal of time on Broadway.
    My Broadway career also started in 1912 and lasted almost as long as my film career.

    My final film connects me to Virginia in an odd way.
    After THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, my final film was called LYDIA.

    Who am I?


    John Halliday, born September 14, 1880.

     

  9. TODAY IN GINNY! - September 14 - Who Am I?

    I was in two films with Virginia Weidler.

    I was in films from 1912, but am best known for my last decade of work.

    I spent a good deal of time on Broadway.

    My final film connects me to Virginia in an odd way.

    Who am I?

     

  10. TODAY IN GINNY! - September 13 - Gladys George

    Good morning! I played a little trick with yesterday’s mystery guest. All the clues fit two different birthday girls. I did a bit of misdirection. Let’s hear from the actual guest.

    I was in one film with Virginia Weidler.


    I was in LOVE IS A HEADACHE (1938). My rival was in MAID OF SALEM (1937).

    My first name and surname initials are the same.
    As are hers.

    I worked in films with TIGers Barton MacLane and Warren William.
    Barton and I starred in HIT THE ROAD, but we were also both in THE MALTESE FALCON. Warren and I were in MADAME X. My rival was with Barton early in both of their careers in HIS WOMAN. She appeared with Warren in both IMITATION OF LIFE and CLEOPATRA.

    Some credit for the advancement of my career goes to theatrical producer Brock Pemberton.
    According to the Kansas Biographical Dictionary, Pemberton also helped George Brent, Joe E. Brown, and Miriam Hopkins among others.

    I appeared on several TV anthology series as movie roles waned.
    We didn’t appear on any of the same ones, however.

    Who am I?


    Gladys George born September 13, 1900. The other gal is Claudette Colbert born on the same day in 1903.

     

  11. TODAY IN GINNY! - September 13 - Who Am I?

    We have a mid-afternoon visit from our mystery guest. Answer tomorrow…

    I was in one film with Virginia Weidler.

    My first name and surname initials are the same.

    I worked in films with TIGers Barton MacLane and Warren William.

    Some credit for the advancement of my career goes to theatrical producer Brock Pemberton.

    I appeared on several TV anthology series as movie roles waned.

    Who am I?

     
  12. Good morning! I thought I’d run this little tidbit that falls into two categories, Radio Ginny and Star Spangled Ginny. Since the big Star Spangled celebration is going on not too far from the home office, it sort of fits.

    In April 1940, Eleanor Roosevelt and others were promoting something called the Children’s Crusade for Children. It was a fundraising effort to help starving kids in Europe; we weren’t at war yet. Kids would put their pennies in the Norman Rockwell cans.

    So on April 27, 1940 they put together a radio show hosted by Edward G. Robinson and featuring a few of the popular child stars of 1940. There apparently is a copy at the Library of Congress, but I don’t know if any private collectors possess one.

     

  13. Today In Ginny! - September 12 - Billy Gilbert

    image Here’s our TODAY IN GINNY! mystery guest.

    I was in two films with Virginia Weidler.
    I was the bartender in THE OUTCASTS OF POKER FLAT (1937), but I was way more visible in THE UNDER-PUP (1939) as Tolio.
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    If you met me you might say, “Gesundheit”.
    My stage act was an exaggerated sneeze routine. It followed me into films in the early 1930s and I became so known for it that, even a decade later, I was still a cinch to play Sneezy in SNOW WHITE.
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    Like Virginia, I spent some time in vaudeville.
    In addition to playing there with the sneezing routine prior to films, I was still venturing out on tour regularly around the same time Ginny was.

    I bested Virginia in one area, I had TWO operatic parents.
    Both father and mother played the Met. To be honest, though, Mom danced in the chorus. Dad was a tenor.

    Don’t call me “Little”.
    As the internet will tell you, I am NOT to be confused with silent star “Little” Billy Gilbert.

    I also worked with Chaplin, John Wayne, and Freddie Bartholomew.
    THE GREAT DICTATOR, SEVEN SINNERS, and CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS. ginnyfan is more impressed that I was in WEEK-END IN HAVANA with Carmen Miranda.

    Who am I?
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    Billy Gilbert, born on this date in 1894.
     

  14. TODAY IN GINNY! - September 12 - Who Am I?

    I was in two films with Virginia Weidler.

    If you met me you might say, “Gesundheit”.

    Like Virginia, I spent some time in vaudeville.

    I bested Virginia in one area, I had TWO operatic parents.

    Don’t call me “Little”.

    I also worked with Chaplin, John Wayne, and Freddie Bartholomew.

    Who am I?



     

     

  15. Good morning! Apologies for today’s banner photo on the site. It amused me, and that matters sometimes. Here’s yesterday’s TIG! guest.

    I was in three Virginia Weidler films.
    I was in OUT WEST WITH THE HARDYS (1938), OUTSIDE THESE WALLS (1939), and HENRY GOES ARIZONA (1939).



    I had a forty year screen career.
    I started in 1918 at age 36 and kept at it until my death in 1957. I had played Broadway regularly for the four years prior.


    I played two Cabinet Secretaries, three Generals, and three Presidents. A couple of them more than once.
    A slightly trick question only because one of the Presidents was Jefferson Davis.



    I still had time to play police chiefs, gas station attendants, and grizzled codgers. Even a handwriting expert.
    My seconds on screen in MR.SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON is a must see.

    Who am I?


    Erville Alderson, born September 11, 1882.

    ginnyfan note-If you’d like to read more about Erville and character actors like him, go to
    http://whatpriceglory.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/lets-play-find-erville-alderson/