Without that job and those lines to say an actress is just like any ordinary girl trying not to look as scared as she feels.
Stage Door (1937)
Ginger Rogers and James Stewart in Vivacious Lady 1938
Ginger Rogers as Donna Mantin in Star of Midnight (1935).
G busts into this movie all brash and heiress-like, and at first sight, I was disappointed. I was promised G as a spoiled society dame dressed by Bernard Newman! Why was she in a black sack?
But, dear reader, you will be happy to learn that there is a point to the shapeless sack coat! For G’s coat, much like Gretchen Wiener’s big hair ….is shapeless because it’s full of secrets.
For yes, we soon learn that G is a spoiled society dame with the good instincts to fall in love with William Powell at his most dapper. But…what else do we know? Can we trust her? Why is her coat so huge and shapeless? Is that oversized white bow a scarf or part of the ensemble? How did she get mixed up with gangsters? Why must William Powell retrieve mysterious letters from a gangster’s lair? LITERALLY: who is that masked woman?
It takes sophistication to make a costume that reflects a character’s personality. This coat does that, and beyond, creating mystery simply in being. A mystery coat for a mystery movie! Shapeless sack coat: I salute you.
PS: I love this movie so much! William Powell, Ginger Rogers, high society mysteries, gangsters, and mysterious masked women, are delightful on their own, and when put together - it is basically my personal dopamine hit. Why are movies from the 30’s the VERY BEST?
Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire
Happy International Dance Day.
(Photo by Rex Hardy, Jr. for Life, August 22, 1938.)
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Ad for the film The Gay Divorcee featured in The Film Daily October 19, 1934.
Ginger Rogers in “Carefree”
on TCM they have those tributes things of people talking about an actor and they were talking about Ginger Rogers and i freaked out. She is so perfect.
I DID TOO. I kneeled in front of the tv the whole way through. It was great.