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July 16: Happy Birthday Ginger Rogers and Barbara Stanwyck


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We feature a couple of Golden Age greats today.  I was able to find a picture of the two of them together—that’s Stanwyck on the left, with Rogers standing next to her second husband, actor Lew Ayres.

“Sure he [Fred Astaire] was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did…backwards and in high heels.”

~Bob Thaves

Ginger Rogers (1911-1995) began her entertainment career as a Fort Worth, TX, teenager when vaudevillian Eddie Foy recruited her as a stand-in for his act one night.  By the time she was nineteen she was starring on Broadway in the Gershwins’ Girl Crazy.  She was signed by Paramount the same year, but soon moved to Warner Brothers and then RKO.  At Warner’s she had supporting roles in classic musicals like 42nd Street and Gold Diggers of 1933, but it was at RKO that she became a star.

Rogers’ second film at RKO was a musical titled Flying Down to Rio.  It starred Gene Raymond and Dolores Del Rio, with Rogers as half of the “beta couple” opposite one Fred Astaire.  Between 1933 and 1939 Astaire and Rogers were paired for nine musicals with RKO, with Top Hat and Swing Time being the acknowledged classics.  During this period Rogers also appeared in a number of non-musical, non-Astaire films which established her acting credentials.  One of her best roles was in Stage Door.

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Movies of 1997 Bracket Game: Liar Liar vs Austin Powers


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One of the challenges of writing for these bracket games is in finding connective tissue between the competing films. Sometimes there’s not much to go on and it’s necessary to scrap any pretense of commonality. But this time I was gifted with a spectacularly thin excuse for a theme based entirely on the location of the presented scenes, the power dynamics which are typically at play there, and how they are undermined.
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July 16: Happy Birthday Phoebe Cates and Will Ferrell


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She gave a generation of young boys impure thoughts that have lasted a lifetime.  He made frat boys laugh till liquid shot out their noses.  Celebrating birthdays today are Phoebe Cates and Will Ferrell among others.

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Saturday Night Live Bracket Game: Radner Vs. Myers


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This past weekend, Daffy and I recorded the next episode of our podcast.  We have been working on some ways to improve the show from content to sound quality.  The next episode has a Saturday Night Live-inspired theme.  So as we build up to the next episode, we are going to run an SNL bracket game to pick your favorite former SNL cast-member.

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Saturday Night Live Bracket Game: Murphy Vs. Ferrell


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This weekend, Daffy and I are getting ready to record the next episode of our podcast.  We have been working on some ways to improve the show from content to sound quality.  The next episode has a Saturday Night Live-inspired theme.  So as we build up to the next episode, we are going to run an SNL bracket game to pick your favorite former SNL cast-member.

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