It’s been quite some time since I’ve shared one of my old-time radio playlists. Today I do so to honor the memory of one of Hollywood’s greatest talents, quadruple threat Ginger Rogers who died 24 years ago this week (July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995).
I did quite a bit of searching for radio programs to feature today and, to the best of my knowledge, this compilation includes every single Ginger Rogers appearance on Lux Radio Theatre. I must say it’s quite the thrill and I know you’ll have a blast listening to these shows. As a special treat I thought I’d share the following image of Ginger campaigning for Lux Soap as so many Hollywood greats did.
From October 12, 1936 here’s the Lux Radio Theatre production of “The Curtain Rises” with Ginger and Warren William
Here’s Ginger in “A Free Soul” opposite Don Ameche from Lux Radio Theatre, which aired on November 1, 1937
From February 14, 1938, Ginger joins Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Louis Calhern, Paul Harvey, Nigel Bruce and Grace Kern in the Lux Radio Theater production of “Brief Moment”
This production from February 20. 1939 also from Lux features Ginger with Rosalind Russell and Adolph Menjou in “Stage Door”
These Lux Radio Theatre presentations are just too terrific to pass up. Here’s Ginger opposite Fredric March in “Bachelor Mother” from January 22, 1940
Ginger with Edward Arnold in “Fifth Avenue Girl” from December 16, 1940
On May 5, 1941 Ginger reprised her Academy Award-winning role for Lux Radio Theatre in “Kitty Foyle”
Ginger opened Lux’s eighth season with the enjoyable “Tom, Dick, And Harry” alongside Burgess Meredith
On May 31, 1943 Ginger and Ray Milland reprised their roles in a personal favorite, “The Major and the Minor”
On January 29, 1945 Rogers and Milland joined their voices once again for “Lady In the Dark”
Ginger’s final scripted radio appearance is this Lux production of “It Grows on Trees.” You’ll notice that by this time Lux was called Hollywood’s Radio Theatre.
For more on Ginger Rogers and radio:
Just Looking at Ginger offers a pictorial tribute