Screen Goddess Collection: Ginger Rogers

  |  Buy to Own: 28/08/2006
  |  570 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Six films starring Hollywood legend Ginger Rogers. In 'Bachelor Mother' (1939), single saleswoman Polly Parrish (Rogers) visits an employment agency in her lunch hour after receiving a week's notice of dismissal. When she leaves the agency, Polly notices that a small baby has been left on the steps of a foundling home. She takes the child to the authorities, but ends up looking after it herself. Everyone assumes that the child is Polly's, including David Merlin (David Niven), the playboy son of the store owner. David manages to save Polly's job, only to find himself falling in love with her. In 'The Gay Divorcee' (1934), Rogers stars as would-be divorcee Mimi Glossop, who mistakes love-sick Guy Holden (Fred Astaire) for a professional co-respondent hired by her aunt. She therefore treats him with disdain, but romance proves inevitable. Cole Porter's 'Night and Day' is the only song taken directly from the stage play on which the film is based. Romantic comedy 'It Had To Be You' (1947) sees Rogers starring as Victoria Stafford, who has been on the verge of marriage on four separate occasions, and has each time left her bridegroom standing at the altar. When she meets fireman Johnny Blaine (Cornel Wilde), it looks as though she might have found true love at last... but will it be reciprocated? 'The Major and the Minor' (1942), also a romantic comedy, is the directorial debut of Billy Wilder. Susan Appleyard (Rogers) has tired of life in the Big Apple and longs to return to her native Iowa, but can't afford the price of the train ticket and resorts to disguising herself as a 12-year-old in order to qualify for a half-fare. Discovered by the conductor, she takes refuge in the carriage of army major Philip Kirby (Ray Milland), sparking a romance that must overcome all kinds of complications in order to succeed. In the more gritty 'Tight Spot' (1955), based on Leonard Kantor's novel 'Dead Pigeon', Rogers stars alongside Edward G. Robinson and Brian Keith as a jaded model who has ended up in jail and is forced to testify against gangster Benjamin Costain (Lorne Greene). 'Top Hat' (1935) is a classic musical comedy showcasing Rogers in her most famous screen partnership alongside Fred Astaire. Jerry Travers (Astaire) receives an inexplicably haughty response from Dale Tremont (Rogers) when he attempts to woo her, but that's because she has mistaken him for her friend's husband. Love's eventual triumph is charted through a number of classic song and dance routines, including 'Cheek to Cheek' and 'Top Hat, White Tie and Tails'.