Time Out For Ginger
|Time Out For Ginger|
Original Playbill for Time Out For Ginger
|Written by||Ronald Alexander|
|Date premiered||November 26, 1952|
|Setting||The living room of the Carol house|
Time Out For Ginger is a Broadway comedy by Ronald Alexander that 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 Benny starred 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 Douglas as 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 Malone and Philip Loeb, took the play to Chicago, where Steve McQueen replaced Broadway's Conrad Janis as Eddie Davis who was later replaced by Ralph E. Compton. 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.
Ziv Productions produced a 1960 television pilot, Time Out for Ginger, as part of The Comedy Shop, an anthology of prospective series. Original playwright Alexander wrote the script for the pilot, which starred Candy Moore (in her first television role) as Ginger, with Roberta Shore as older sister Joan, Maggie Hayes as Agnes, former radio star Karl Swenson as Howard, and Margaret Hamilton as the Carols' maid, the pilot was not picked up as a regular series. Candy Moore went on to play one of Lucille Ball's two young children in The Lucy Show
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 USO run 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, Nobody Loves an Albatross and Grand Prize, the screenplays for Return to Peyton Place and Billie, the Walt Disney TV 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.
- Steve McQueen in Time Out For Ginger
- Bucks County Playhouse Liza Minnelli in Time Out For Ginger
- New York Times, April 24, 2008, Ronald Alexander obituary
- Time Out For Ginger at the Internet Broadway Database
- Nobody Loves An Albatross at the Internet Broadway Database
- Time Out For Ginger (Shower of Stars broadcast) at the Internet Movie Database
- Billie at the Internet Movie Database
- Ronald Alexander at the Internet Movie Database
- Ronald Alexander at the Internet Broadway Database
- A television pilot based on the play at The Internet Archive
- Wikipedia:WikiProject Theatre