Time Out For Ginger
name = Time Out For Ginger
image_size = 230px
caption = Original "Playbill" for "Time Out For Ginger"
characters = Howard Carol
setting = The living room of the Carol house
date of premiere =
November 26, 1952
country of Origin =
ibdb_id = 2363 "Time Out For Ginger" is a Broadway comedy by
Ronald Alexanderthat ran 248 performances at the Lyceum Theatre from November 26, 1952 to June 27, 1953, before becoming hugely popular in regional theatres throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. Jack Bennystarred in a one-hour October 6, 1955 " Shower of Stars" television broadcast, and the play was later adapted into the feature film, "Billie", starring Patty Duke.
The Broadway production starred
Melvyn Douglasas Howard Carol, a middle-class husband and father of three girls, one of whom, Ginger ( Nancy Malone), wants to try out for her school's football team. At first supportive of his daughter's goal, he begins to feel pressure from Ed Hoffman ( Philip Loeb), the president of the bank where he works, and the community at large. The setting is the Carol's living room.
In 1954, several of the original cast members, including
Melvyn Douglas, Nancy Maloneand Philip Loeb, took the play to Chicago, where Steve McQueenreplaced Broadway's Conrad Janisas Eddie Davis. [ [http://www.mcqueenonline.com/ginger.htm Steve McQueen] in "Time Out For Ginger"] Loeb had been blacklisted from television and radio several years earlier and the production was his last major role before he committed suicide on September 1, 1955. Liza Minnelliplayed Ginger at the Bucks County Playhousein 1964. [ [http://www.ralphmiller.com/playhouse/bcphis64.html Bucks County Playhouse] Liza Minnelli in "Time Out For Ginger"]
Ronald Alexander was born Ronald George Alexander Ungerer in West New York, N.J. on
February 16, 1917. He dropped out of school early and worked for a while in a factory, was a boxer, and performed as a singer with a band. He also organized Broadway performers for a unit of the USOrun by his sister. On Broadway, he appeared in small roles in "The Patriots", "Light Up the Sky" and "The Closing Door."
In addition to "Time Out For Ginger", Alexander wrote the Broadway comedies "Holiday For Lovers" and "Nobody Loves an Albatross", the screenplays for "
Return to Peyton Place" and "Billie", the Walt DisneyTV movie, " Johnny Shiloh", and several episodes of " The Dick Van Dyke Show". He also wrote a sequel to "Time Out For Ginger" called "Time and Ginger" in which Ginger is married to Eddie and has to confront her own daughter's sexual rebelliousness.
Alexander died of
canceron April 24, 1995 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. He was 78. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CEEDF133DF930A35756C0A963958260 "New York Times"] , April 24, 2008, Ronald Alexander obituary]
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0700175/ "Time Out For Ginger" ("Shower of Stars" broadcast)] at the
Internet Movie Database
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058972/ "Billie"] at the
Internet Movie Database
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0018712/ Ronald Alexander] at the
Internet Movie Database
* [http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?ID=8472 Ronald Alexander] at the
Internet Broadway Database
* [http://www.archive.org/details/Time_Out_For_Ginger A television pilot] based on the play at
The Internet Archive
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