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  1. Ruby jewel

    Golden age: Roll call

    Yes, that is a good idea to put up flyers. Just putting an add on the internet and creating a web page may not be enough, and same with just flyers, I'll do both. I'll put the website on the flyers since that would definitely help direct more people to go onto the web page. And I can try to reserve a room in the library also. I now have an option besides nursing homes to find fans of 1920s - 1940s films and music. Truth is, it's starting to become now to where even many nursing home residents are now becoming the offspring of true 1920s and 1930s survivors rather than them themselves. When I'm going into the homes playing music from that time period, I'm more playing music from their parents' generation rather than theirs. An 80 - 85 year old now was only being born in 1933-1938, so they're not going to be able to recollect living through the early to mid 1930s and the roaring twenties. I still may be able to touch the hearts of the 90+ year olds though. Most people who really remember living through the 20s and 30s and enjoying the music and culture and films of that era as they were happening have now sadly passed on. I've just wanted to be able to connect with real survivors of the era, but it was just too long ago now and there are not many left. In another 10 years, there will be nobody left who'd remember living through the era. So anyway, I guess that I am now mainly limited to just connecting with people like me who have a real fondness and interest of the time period but have no actual memories of living through it due to being born after the era ended. So like I said before, I'll try to start a group of real fans of golden age's amazing music and films. I am 43 now, if I'd played the 20s and 30s music on the piano 20 - 25 years ago, I would've really been playing for quite a few people who remembered the 1920s and 1930s. But, I only started developing a love for that era and playing songs from back then in the past few years. I did play piano 20 - 25 years ago when I was in my late teens, early 20s, but it was modern pop music and classical like Mozart.
  2. Ruby jewel

    Golden age: Roll call

    I could start a group here in Kansas city where I live, since I have not been able to find such a group online near me (although there were several in New York (New York has more variety of everything though)). Since I also play some of those great 1930s songs on piano such as "42nd St" and "I only have eyes for you", one of those groups would also be an excellent opportunity to share my 20s, 30s and 40s style piano playing (I also play "Charleston"). I have played piano in two different nursing homes in the past year, but even they aren't a garuntee of finding fans of that era's music. One of the homes I played in, the activities director told me afterwards that there were residents there complaining about me playing music that was too old and wanted to hear newer music such as Elvis and the Beatles. That particular home though was also more of a recovery center than an old age home and there were numerous residents there in their 50s and 60s (some 70s and 80s too). I can see how 50 and 60 something year olds may not care for 20s and 30s music since that era ended before they were even born. This is why my best option for playing the music (besides a home where almost everyone is over 80) is not a nursing home, but me playing those songs on piano in a specialized group for serious fans of 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s music and films.
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    Una Merkel News!

    I love Una Merkel, she is so charming and quirky, and beautiful. She has a semi kinky and witty since of humor, a great charm, and she is beautiful in her films. She had great chemistry with Eleanor Powell in "Born to dance" and "Broadway melody 36", she teamed up well with lovely Ginger Rogers and Ruby Keeler in "42nd street", she was great with the amazing Jean Harlow in "Red headed woman", and she had a sweet and touching role as Abraham Lincoln's first wife in 1930's "Lincoln" and her death scene was tear jerking. She was also great in later older roles such as the aunt in 1961 "The parent trap" and a funny scene at the police station when she lost her dog and they thought she was inquiring a missing persons report.
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    Question of the Day: Ruby Keeler

    Even though Ruby lacked the feminine grace of Ginger Rogers and Eleanor Powell in her dancing, she was able to tap out fabulous sounding rhythms with her shoes if you listen carefully, that was the part which was her real dancing talent. It doesn't matter to me that she may have appeared more clunky than Ginger and Eleanor, just listen to those skilled sounding rhythms that she tapped out. Ruby's singing was cute in her own way, but it's true that singing high soprano wasn't her specialty. In the middle section of "Dames'" "I only have eyes for you" when 30 Ruby Keelers were dancing and singing, the women sing that beautiful high soprano note while singing the chorus. I noticed along with the Ruby lookalikes Ruby's mouth moving and singing too while the high soprano note is being sung. But, I'm not sure that Ruby's real voice was singing the high soprano note. Because whenever Ruby sings solo, she does not sing high soprano. I like to think anyway that Ruby's voice was one of the voices singing that beautiful high soprano note, and that she just chose not to sing high soprano when she sang solo
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    Golden age: Roll call

    I do like having found this site with other 1930s, 40s, and 50s movie fans to share my interests with. I'd like to find some kind of group where I can meet with other Golden age fans in person, but have not been able to find any yet.
  6. Ruby jewel

    Golden age: Roll call

    Not trying to rewrite anything, I really thought Brice was talking about Esther. As big as a fan as I am of the golden age, I'm always learning more as I go, there's still alot I don't know.
  7. Ruby jewel

    Golden age: Roll call

    I have not had the chance to see "The unguarded moment" yet. It's still on my list of not yet watched Golden age films that I want to see. I love golden age films, have seen hundreds of them now, but thankfully, there are a great many of them and more for me to go and see
  8. Ruby jewel

    Golden age: Roll call

    As Fanny Brice said "Wet, Esther's a star, dry, she ain't", so even other golden age celebrities didn't all care for her. I like Esther, but that's just my opinion. She was pleasant, pretty, a great swimmer, and her swimming musical numbers were spectacular. But, she didn't really have much else such as a knack for good comedy, and didn't portray very deep or interesting characters in her films, and I can see how some may not find her their favorite for those reasons. I did enjoy "Thrill of a romance" though, it was a nice, feel good romance with comedy added such as opera singer Lauritz Melchior struggling to stay on a diet while being watched over by his wife, and the humorous scene of him finally convincing the manager to let him sing for a steak and beer, only to have his nagging wife snatch it from him. That film was also a showcase of some talent with besides Esther's swimming, there was Lauritz's great opera singing, Buddy Rich's very fast and skilled drum playing, Tommy Dorsey's daughter Susan's talented piano playing a very good jazzed up version of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody and "The man with the sliding trombone", and then there was that kid (bellhop) who tried to hide a gifted singing voice of his own, then was discovered by Lauritz while singing "Don't say no, say maybe" and then sang "Because" for the hotel.
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    Question of the Day: Ruby Keeler

    I find Ruby's on-screen persona very charming, like you said. I also find her dancing, acting skills, and to me anyway, her voice very pleasant and appealing. Her talented buck n wing dance style along with the great sounding tapping rhythms I hear her tap out on screen has really impressed me. Her beauty and sweetness which she shows on screen is very pleasant to watch. All of this combined with everything that I ever read about how she was in real life is what's gotten me in my opinion to think that she is an.angel. I've read in many sources including from her children what a loving mother she was plus that alot of her sweet, charming on screen presence is how she was in real life. She was not one of those actresses who was very different in.real life than she was in her films.
  10. Ruby jewel

    Question of the Day: Ruby Keeler

    I'm going mostly by artistic/music ability, their style of music, and that goes by each individual's taste on what kind of music and style they love or hate. Some people really don't care for Paul McCartney's music. A portion of one's feelings towards a celebrity does go to what they're actually like as a person, which often is brought out in their work, at least to a point. Many singers sing about things they're really passionate about, and they put their real life emotions into their singing. Same with actors/ actresses. So my point is, when I love a celebrity, I love their work and their songs, films, etc., acting/ singing skills, and material, and who they are as a person which often has gone with the territory, it's all rolled into one to a point.
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    Recently Watched Musicals

    Yes, three hours is a long time without an intermission. Back in the golden age, most films especially if they were three hours usually had intermissions. Most movie theaters in more modern times stopped the intermissions due to theaters wanting to squeeze in as many showings of a movie into a day as possible for profit reasons, and they cared more about that than whether viewers need time to take a break in the middle, stretch their legs, etc. I guess three hours with no break is a long time for almost continual romance, but most golden age movie goers loved alot of romance and such because it.gave them an escape from the harsh ugly realities of the Depression, WW2, etc. It was another reason why the Hays code went into effect, so audiences could really have a couple hours of escape. But there were alot of people back then who liked films that were not romantic and didn't nessesarily yearn for that escape. The film noirs and the Cagney films were very popular. The Cagney films like Public enemy, White heat, and Roaring twenties did have things about them that were quiet similar to the real life of the bootlegging and gangster controlled speakeasies in the 1920s. Some people needed to escape more than others.
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    Recently Watched Musicals

    I like in "Broadway melody" how they reference Ziegfeld with the producer named Mr Zanfeld, and they reference Jack Warner with the henchman character Jacques Warener, a character who turns out to be trouble for Queenie (Anita Page), and alot of bickering that comes out of her hooking up with Jacques between Queenie and her sister Bessie Love and friend Charles King. There's alot of fighting and other iffy attitudes among the characters in this film, which does give us a real glimpse of what people were really like back in the 1920s and 1930s, and it's quite different from harmonic fantasy world which many films (especially MGM) made the world out to be in many films after the Hays code went into effect in 1934. After 1934, films became much more strongly centered on escapism, where before 1934 showed the more real world. The real world had alot of ugliness, and in "Broadway melody", we see lots of bickering and fighting (verbal and physical), we get showgirls taunting the newcomers (such as Bessie), we get hard driving directors who push the dancers and also double cross (such as when Zanfeld told Queenie how her and Bessie could be in the show and then the next day suddenly drops them and tells them they're out while they're rehearsing on stage), we see a couple of men taunting and mocking the homosexual costume designer (and one of the female employees also makes a snide comment to him "if we put you in charge of the doors, they'd all be lavender"), and we get scenes of sexual harassment such as when one of the henchmen pressures Queenie into taking off her clothes, she makes it very clear she doesn't want to, but the henchman keeps pressuring her anyway and starts trying to unzip Queenie's outfit himself against her will. There's also the scene where six men knock out and carry out Charles King while trying to save Queenie from Jacques Warener.
  13. Ruby jewel

    What stars have you never actually seen?

    Rin Tin Tin the dog: "Rrrrrrrrrufff! Ruff! You bet I count"
  14. Ruby jewel

    Question of the Day: Ruby Keeler

    Well, I guess everyone has different opinions on different people. Some people love Paul McCartney, some can't stand him. Same with Prince, Cher, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Mariah Carey, or anybody in the world. I think Ruby is a wonderful angel. I guess you've been able to already figure that out with how I've been talking about her, and by my username Ruby jewel. I'm sure you have your celebrity who you think the world of. I have a friend who's dad feels the same way about Doris Day, and another friend who feels the same way about Prince, he thinks he's a God. I've heard another person recently describe similarly about Mariah Carey.
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    Question of the Day: Ruby Keeler

    Why do you think Ruby is so horrible? Ruby may have not been the most talented singer, but singing wasn't her signature tribute, besides I found her singing cute in her own way, including the cute way she talked her line while getting into the subway with Dick Powell in "I only have eyes for you". As for her dancing, Ruby was a buck n wing style tap dancer, which was a form of dancing less graceful than Ginger Rogers' graceful style which included ballet skills. Ruby's didn't, but her tapping skills were amazing, if you ever listen to her fabulous tapping rhythms. Ruby was also beautiful, had a great charm, and was known as a sweet girl-next-door type. And Ruby was such a kind sweetheart in every way, not just on screen, but in real life too from everything I've read about her. And she was a very caring and loving mother, her kids and grandkids have officially stated this. I can understand not everyone favoring her style of entertainment, but I cannot understand how people could downright dislike her. Watch her recorded appearance dancing on stage in Broadway's "No no Nanette", or her walking on stage to receive her honorary award at the 1980 ceremonies, she got a long standing ovation both times. And Ruby in her 1930s film I really love. I think Ruby Keeler is wonderful

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