For this week’s collector’s corner, I’ve got another edition of Star Collections — the subcategory in which I share all of the films, books, and magazines I own featuring a particular classic film star. Today’s star is the lovely Ginger Rogers, who I am considering for my next filmography project!

Ginger Books & Mags

Not much owned on the book and magazine front. I have yet to come across any vintage Ginger filmography books or other neat relics at my local book sales/antique shops. She features in many of the magazines I own, but isn’t on the cover of any of them. I do own a copy of her autobiography, Ginger: My Story, which is a fascinating read! And, in other ephemera, I recently purchased an original advertisement for Once Upon a Honeymoon, co-starring TMP favorite Cary Grant.

Ginger with Jimmy Stewart in Vivacious Lady (Image via True Classics)

Owned Ginger Films

  • Flying Down to Rio (1933)
  • Follow the Fleet (1936)
  • The Gay Divorcee (1934)
  • The Groom Wore Spurs (1951)
  • Roberta (1935)
  • Shall We Dance (1937)
  • The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
  • Swing Time (1936)
  • Top Hat (1935)

I didn’t realize until drafting this post that all of the Ginger films I own are in boxed sets, and that many of my favorite Ginger films are titles I don’t own! Everything on this owned list comes from TCM’s Astaire and Rogers collection (volumes one and two), with the exception of The Groom Wore Spurs, which appears in Mill Creek’s Nifty Fifties multipack.

Ginger with Henry Travers and Joel McCrea in Primrose Path (Image via Doctor Macro)

Most-Wanted: Ginger films on my DVD wishlist!

  • 42nd Street (1933)
  • Bachelor Mother (1939)
  • Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
  • I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
  • Monkey Business (1952)
  • Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
  • Primrose Path (1940)
  • Rafter Romance (1933)
  • Romance in Manhattan (1935)
  • Stage Door (1937)
  • Vivacious Lady (1938)

My most-wanted are Primrose Path and Rafter Romance. Primrose Path (one of my all-time favorite classics) is available on DVD from Warner Archive (not sure why I haven’t snatched it up yet!), but Rafter Romance is out of print.

Like many classic movie buffs, the Ginger and Fred musicals were some of my first introductions to classic film, so Ginger has long been a favorite of mine. Feel free to share your own Ginger collections in the comments, or give your input on which star should be the focus of my next filmography project!