Garson Kanin, who directed her twice, considered Ginger Rogers the quintessential movie star; Rogers was Marcello Mastroianni’s favorite actress; critic Andrew Sarris named Rogers cinema’s best comedienne. What follows is a list of Ginger’s ten best performances in descending order of preference—and not all the films are comedies:   Storm Warning (Stuart Heisler, 1950) Roxie […]

HARLOW (Alex Segal, 1965)

Shot in eight days on a threadbare budget, in the same video-to-film process, “electronovision,” that had been used for Richard Burton’s dress-rehearsal Hamlet (Bill Colleran, John Gielgud, 1964), Alex Segal’s Harlow, from a script by Karl Tunberg (William Wyler’s Ben-Hur, 1959, don’t-you-know), succeeded in beating to exhibition by one month Joseph E. Levine’s much more […]

STAR OF MIDNIGHT (Stephen Roberts, 1935)

Myrna Loy’s 1935 suspension by M-G-M found William Powell, Loy’s co-star in the hugely popular The Thin Man (1934), playing opposite Luise Rainer in Escapade, Rosalind Russell in Rendezvous and Ginger Rogers, as Donna Mantin, in Star of Midnight, a sparkling mystery-comedy. Reviewers originally remarked that Rogers had nothing like Loy’s polish and sophistication; indeed, […]