TODAY IN GINNY! - July 25 - Who Am I?

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I appeared in one Virginia Weidler film.

Surprisingly, I received no Oscar nomination for my Weidler work.

I worked with one particular TIGer (Ginny castmate) three times in two years.

I started as an extra and stuntman after working in real estate…and fruit.

ginnyfan’s actor brother does a spot-on impression of me. That doesn’t help you any, but I thought I’d mention it.

I was younger than I looked…until my age caught up.

Who am I?

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Good morning! Since we were talking about Bonita Granville the other day, Ken sent along this item he found.

Interestingly, Bonita and her date are watching the Broadway production of BEST FOOT FORWARD. A lot of the Hollywood cast were also in the Broadway show, you know. Tommy wasn’t Hooper, but he did sing Winsocki.

I assume from the second page that this was for a magazine or newspaper layout on Bonita going on an “Army Date”.

BTW, the last of the Nancy Drew films is on TCM tomorrow morning.

TODAY IN GINNY! - July 24 - Paul Kruger

I was in three films with Virginia Weidler.
A reporter in MEN WITH WINGS, a policeman in TOO HOT TO HANDLE, and a detective in BORN TO SING.

My screen career started the year Virginia was born and ended as Kennedy was elected.
I was in 1927’s THE FORTUNE HUNTER and 1960’s epic CIMARRON.

I worked with both Kirk Douglas and Dwayne Hickman.
I was in SPARTICUS and THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS.

I played a lot of policemen…and a few reporters
Just look at the record….

I do not play for the Cleveland Browns.
I never sacked even one quarterback during my time in Hollywood.

Who am I?
I am Paul Kruger, born on this date in 1895.

Photos Courtesy of Riflemanconnors.com.

TODAY IN GINNY! - July 24 - Who Am I?

Here we go…

I was in three films with Virginia Weidler.

My screen career started the year Virginia was born and ended as Kennedy was elected.

I worked with both Kirk Douglas and Dwayne Hickman.

I played a lot of policemen…and a few reporters.

I do not play for the Cleveland Browns.

Who am I?

(No silhouette today, sorry.)

Good morning! We had two lively discussions last night at the the VWRS-Facebook, one public one about yesterday’s mystery guest and the other behind the scenes between Danny and myself about how to present this item and not lose our G rating and reputation.

Danny received a link on his own page featuring a video mashup. I made an executive decision to explain and not show the full clip on the FB page, only Virginia’s part.

tumblr, however, is a different story. Especially since I get “followed” by porn pages regularly.

If you get highly offended by children cursing in Hollywood movies, don’t click the link.

Who knew Virginia Weidler was such a trendsetter and rebel?

TODAY IN GINNY! - July 23 - Gloria DeHaven

A mystery no more…

I was in two Virginia Weidler films.
I was Harriet’s sister Evelyn in KEEPING COMPANY (1940) and Minerva in BEST FOOT FORWARD (1943).


My family spans multiple generations of show business, from before me right up to today.
Both my parents were actors as were sons, daughters and granddaughters. My brother was an Assistant Director.

Like Virginia, I had my share of studio troubles.
MGM suspended me in 1947 for refusing to appear in GOOD NEWS, a college comedy featuring that 30 year old co-ed June Allyson.

Never a superstar, I had lead roles in my twenties, then truly mastered stage, screen and television.
BETWEEN TWO WOMEN, SUMMER HOLIDAY and THE YELLOW CAB MAN were a few of the features. I played a number of night clubs, made scores of television appearances over a span of fifty years and, like Virginia, was in one failed Broadway show.

I worked right through the end of the 20th century.
My final appearance was an episode of TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL in 2000.

Who am I?


I am Gloria DeHaven, born on this date in 1925.

TODAY IN GINNY! - July 23 - Who Am I?

Today’s mystery guest…

I was in two Virginia Weidler films.

My family spans multiple generations of show business, from before me right up to today.

Like Virginia, I had my share of studio troubles.

Never a superstar, I had lead roles in my twenties, then truly mastered stage, screen and television.

I worked right through the end of the 20th century.

Who am I?

Good morning!

TCM has been running the NANCY DREW series on Saturdays. It only takes a month since Warner Brothers only made four. It’s odd that the character is so etched into my brain-I probably knew more about them in my youth than I did about Andy Hardy- that I could have sworn there were more of them.

Although the series only lasted two years, it is interesting to watch the change in Bonita Granville. Nancy in the first film, NANCY DREW, DETECTIVE seems much younger than the Nancy of NANCY DREW, TROUBLE SHOOTER made a year later. Bonita Granville herself seems a lot more confident in the latter as well. Or maybe I’m just reading too much into it.

The reviews here, http://www.reelfilm.com/wbnancy.htm, are not exactly stupendous but will give you an idea of what everything in Nancy’s world is all about.

Nancy drives like a fool, just like Andy Hardy. Unlike Andy, however, she has very little moral support from her father, who is really just trying to get Nancy to quit being Nancy and start being like other girls. John Litel’s Carson Drew is no wise, helpful Judge Hardy. I suspect that the series didn’t last like the Hardys because Warner Brothers just didn’t do schmaltz, and the Drews needed a bit of MGM-style schmaltz to keep audiences coming back after the first couple of tales.

Nancy has the exasperated boyfriend Ted, played by Frankie Thomas. Unlike a lot of sidekicks, Ted isn’t a fool. He’s there to try but fail to keep Nancy under control. His is the unheeded voice of the responsible teenager. And Polly Benedict would never, ever have put up with Andy pulling the kind of stuff Nancy gets away with at Ted’s expense.

Because I have to tie this back to Virginia Weidler, this is the Virginia Weidler Remembrance Society after all, I have to bring her into this at this point. Here goes…

Bonita’s Nancy seems to get less blonde through the series. By the third installment, she had hair just a shade lighter than Virginia’s in THE YOUNGEST PROFESSION and I must admit Virginia’s 1943 made over “glamour-puss” looks to me a lot like Granville’s 1939 Nancy Drew once I looked at the Drews again.

It makes me see TYP in a slightly different light. Joan Lyons could easily have gotten into Drew-style capers in a series of films with her pal Patsy and boyfriend Schuyler, who is a potential Ted if there ever was one.

Or, better yet, Hollywood could have just kept changing Nancy Drews every few years like James Bonds. First Granville, then Weidler, then Joan Carroll, then Natalie Wood! (Humor me here.)

Our member Jarrod likes to talk of the need for reinventions. We never got to see a last reinvention of Virginia Weidler past 1943. I’d love to see her version of Veda from her MILDRED PIERCE screen test to see how different she was from the 1943 Ginny. The Ginny of later photographs still seems like the sunny girl next door type. With no later films and few photos, that just seems to be who the grown up Virginia Weidler turned out to be. Some of our research indicates that’s NOT who Virginia wanted to play, however.

Granville, on the other hand, seems to have made the more radical change toward the sultry in her professional image as she reached adulthood. And it worked for her until she chose to go behind the camera after her marriage to Jack Wrather.

Finally I apologize to member Bobby Sulecki for moving in on one of his favorite subjects, Bonita Granville, this morning. I hope I didn’t do her too big an injustice when comparing her Nancy to Ginny’s Joan.

I urge everyone to look at Bobby’s salute to Bonita. It is well researched, written and from the heart.

http://bobbysuleckigoldenage.blogspot.com/2010/11/bonita-granville-overlooked-american.html

TODAY IN GINNY! - July 22 - Eddie Arden

Here’s our mystery guest revealed…

I was in one Virginia Weidler film.
I was in TOO HOT TO HANDLE as a cycle messenger.

In this case, her appearance on screen was only slightly longer than mine.
Virginia’s character of Loy’s niece Hulda was only on screen for two scenes.

I had a fifteen year career, off and on, and played several characters who always answered the bell.
Almost half of my 12 roles involved playing a bellhop or bellboy.

For those who know the Virginia Weidler story, I share something in common with Jack Briggs.
Jack Briggs and I both worked in show business with TWO actresses named Virginia who were Christian scientists, Virginia Weidler and Ginger Rogers. Unlike Jack, I didn’t marry one of mine. (Lew Ayres is in the husband club with Briggs. For those who may wonder, they both married Ginger Rogers. Our Ginny had but one husband and he was not in the business.-gf)

Who am I?
Eddie “Don’t call me Eve” Arden, born on this date in 1907.

TODAY IN GINNY! - July 22 - Who Am I?

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Here’s today’s mystery guest.

I was in one Virginia Weidler film.

In this case, her appearance on screen was only slightly longer than mine.

I had a fifteen year career, off and on, and played several characters who always answered the bell.

For those who know the Virginia Weidler story, I share something in common with Jack Briggs.

Who am I?

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