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Ginger as war bride Jo Jones driving a fork lift at her job in a munitions factory in TENDER COMRADE (1943), the story of five women who decide to live together while their husbands are away at war.  There is some definite propagandizing in this film, not the least of which is by Ginger herself, and the dramatic scenes don't always seem as genuine as one might like, but the comedy and romance are fun.  If nothing else, it's an interesting piece of social history and lends real insight into the lives of that class of married women who joined the work force during World War II.  Also in the cast are Ruth Hussey, Patricia Collinge, Kim Hunter, Jane Darwell, and Mady Christians.

A poster from one of Ginger's less-successful films of the late forties, MAGNIFICENT DOLL (1946), a historical drama featuring Ginger as First Lady Dolly Madison opposite David Niven and Burgess Meredith.  The film fell flat at the box-office.

Although still a box-office disappointment compared with Ginger's earlier successes, STORM WARNING (1950) was a better-received drama featuring Ronald Reagan, Doris Day and Ginger as a woman who witnesses a murder committed by the Ku Klux Klan while on vacation.

Still More Memorable Quotations:

  • "I fell down." --as Ellie May Adams in THE PRIMROSE PATH (1940).
  • "It ain't what people is, it's what other people thinks about 'em." --as Ellie May Adams in THE PRIMROSE PATH (1940).
  • "And don't worry about me, Pop, 'cause I can take care of myself alright." --as Kitty Foyle in KITTY FOYLE.
  • "Well, if you really want to consider yourself engaged to me, I guess you can." --as Janie in TOM, DICK AND HARRY.
  • "Of all the crummy crumbs!" --as Susan Applegate in THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR.
  • "I'll try and be a well behaved light bulb." --as "Susu" Applegate in THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR.
  • "Perhaps all a woman wants is to be a photograph a soldier tacks above his bunk or a stupid lock of hair in the back of his watch." --as Susan Applegate in THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR.
  • "My! You look like something the cat dragged in and then dragged out again." --as Jo Jones in TENDER COMRADE.
  • "Gee, aren't men fools?" --as Jo Jones in TENDER COMRADE.
  • "Well, if you haven't got the nerve of a government mule!" --as Jo Jones in TENDER COMRADE.
  • "Don't give me that Horatio Alger 'woman on a pedestal' boloney." --as Jo Jones in TENDER COMRADE.
  • "You know why I stole?  Because I wanted to buy a husband." --as Arlette in HEARTBEAT (1946).
  • "I never use being a woman as a selling point." --as Rose Gillray in THE FIRST TRAVELING SALES LADY (1956).

Not as funny as could be expected from a Howard Hawks film featuring Ginger, Cary Grant, Charles Coburn and Marilyn Monroe, MONKEY BUSINESS (1952) is still an entertaining romp. 

Not to be confused with the Marx Brothers film of the same name, this MONKEY BUSINESS is the story of a college professor and his wife (Cary and Ginger) who accidentally drink a rejuvenation formula and start acting like little kids. Things move a little slowly at times, but Cary and Ginger are in their element in the juvenile delinquent scenes -- again, a film in which Ginger gets to play a little kid.

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