"At that time he decided to become a bank president. To gain enough capital he started to peddle vacuum sweepers in the backwards territory. However, his feet would not be-have, so he abandoned his capitalistic aims and joined the Bob Ott Musical Comedy Repertoire Company, touring New England. After this initiation he entered vaudeville on the big-time Keith-Orpheum circuit and, during slack seasons, he produced two two-reel pictures at Red Seal studios in New York, with himself as the star. But he got a bad case of Kleig-eyes, so he went back to the stage"- a 1937 article
📷: a rare publicity photo of Ray with Anne Shirley (Dawn O'Day) for 'Four Jacks And A Jill' (1942)♡
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Movie that left mark on countless generations
16 June 2017
This is one of those movies that will last forever. Our grandmothers were watching it while they were just little girls and our grandchildren will enjoy it as much. Its values will never be outdated. One of those that define expression "classic". Only a shallow viewer could consider it to be just a fairy-tale for children, because this masterpiece is much more than that and its depth covers all generations. Although it's almost 80 years old it still resists the teeth of time, even visually. Its costumes and special effects are extremely outdated but still effective. I admit, it would be very interesting to see how it would all look like with today's technology, but I think this is one of those shrines that should not be touched.
Ovo je jedan od onih filmova koji će trajati večno. Gledale su ga naše bake kada su bile deca, gledace ga i naši praunuci. Film čije vrednosti ne zastarevaju, jedan od onih koji definišu izraz "klasik". Samo površni gledaoci mogu ga smatrati samo bajkom za decu, jer ovo remek delo je mnogo više od toga i njegova dubina obuhvata sve generacije. Iako je snimljen pre 80 godina još uvek se drži čak i vizuelno i njegovi kostimi i efekti, iako katastrofalno zastareli, i dalje su efektni. Mada bi sa vizuelne tačke gledišta bilo interesantno videti kako bi sve to izgledalo sa današnjom tehnologijom, mislim da je ovo ipak jedna od onih svetinja u koje ne treba dirati.
"My favourite [book growing up] was L. Frank Baum's The Wizard Of Oz. "This book has a marvellous philosophy, Raymond" Mother said. "It tells how we all need wisdom, love, courage and a home. The trouble is ," she added softly, "God has given each of us these gifts, but we don't believe it. And so we roam the world searching for them when we have them within us all the time. Remember what the Bible says: 'The Kingdom of God is within you' [Luke 17:21] Keep those words with you always, Raymond""- Ray Bolger speaking about his mother, Anne Wallace, and his childhood
📽: the cute scene of Ray with the great Marjorie Main, dancing in 'The Harvey Girls, (1946)♡
"If audience reaction means anything, Ray Bolger is doing a terrific job here. In his first Stem appearance since By Jupiter, the tall, thin hoofer turns in a heel and toe job that by itself is top draw stuff. But what is more important, he has acquired a feeling for comedy that is nothing short of sensational. After an into by Gracie Barrie, hoofer come out, and with his opening lines "...I want to thank you a million times for the reception I'm about to receive" had the customers right where he wanted 'em. From then on his chatter delivered with Archie Duffy-Noel Coward diction built up into laughs, each mounting higher and higher. A hoke election routine just about rolled 'em into the aisles. Guy's timing and gag punching was excellent. On the dance stuff Bolger still has a grand sense of rhythm. True, most of his footwork is kept down, but what there is of it gets plenty of applause"- a news article date November 7th, year unknown.
📷: rare picture of Ray photographed with Allyn Ann McLerie and likely Dorretta Morrow for 'Where's Charley?' (1948-49)♡
"There's no place like home"- especially to this twisted tale...
On August 25th, 1939, "Wizard of Oz" was first premiered in the U.S. ×
•Dorothy (Judy Garland)
•Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)
•Tin-Man (Jack Haley)
•Lion (Bert Lahr)
•Wicked Witch of the West (Margret Hamilton)
•The Wizard (Frank Morgan)
•Glinda (Billie Burke)
~and many more
What did they characters want from the wizard?
•Dorothy~wants to get back home
•Scarecrow~wants a brain
•Tin-Man~wants a heart
•In the year of, "2005" a BIG thing happened. Someone broke into the museum they shoes were kept in.
•It might've been hard to know where the shoes might've gone, but the stealer left one thing behind. On the scene, there was one sparkle from the shoes.
•Finally, in 2018, they were found. 13 years... And the famous ruby shoes were found-and they were more than just shoes...
"Ray Bolger was born in Boston, in 1904, and upon graduating from high school, set out to make a fortune by selling vacuum cleaners to Maine farmers. They preferred brooms, so Ray became a dancer. After years in vaudeville, his hit Broadway is a series of big-time musicals. He's now one of the biggest names on the stage, but takes time out regularly for movies"- a 1940's news article
📷: Ray photographed in the mid 1940's. Apologies for the slant on them, but I loved them so much that I couldn't not post them!! Ain't he cute?!♡
"Broadway's greatest and most outstanding pantomime dancer, now appearing in 'Life Begins At 8:40', was gracious enough to grant us with an interview backstage at the Winter Garden Theatre. He is a native of Boston, Mass, and made his first bow to the world on January 10th, 1904. Ever since he reached the age of 14, he has wanted to become a famous dancer; and though he has attained great success, he still has higher aspirations"- a 1934 article.
📷: Ray photographed in 1958 with Robert Morley (far left). I'm not sure who else he is with or any further information about the photograph, my apologies.
But I love how happy he looks♡
"The warm presence and the musical gifts of Doris Day and Ray Bolger breathe life into a flimsy farce plot, and it's done so spontaneously that even the waits between numbers are easy to take"- Photoplay review of 'April In Paris' (1952)
📷: Ray with Doris Day, Claude Dauphin and some crew members having a little fun on set of 'April In Paris' (1952)♡
"On July 9th, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bolger will have had twenty-five years of married life. They have hit on different definitions of a happy marriage at least once a month during those twenty-five years. One thing they do agree on: Theory marriage has not been average, though it has been happy"- a 1954 article called 'Perfect Partnership' by Bud Goode.
Note: though I feel this article tried to claim Ray and Gwen have had 'bad moments' in their marriage, I disagree. I feel they got along very well and were very much in love.
📷: Ray and his wife, Gwen, photographed on The Queen Mary in 1952.
I adore how happy they look together♡
"There is sublime artistry and worth-provoking mimicry in the steps dancer-comedian Ray Bolger takes when he does his daily footlight stunt in the current Broadway hit play, 'By Jupiter'. Whenever he moves a sly foot, or even grimaces in the daokground, the audience is diverted from the prettiest girl onstage..these pictures graphically illustrate his picture: "You have to establish a character quickly, making him come to life by using eyes, mouth, hands, feet and torso. The audience becomes ourious and will hang on to see what's going to happen.."..note at left his dance stance as he assumes a forehead-creased, woebegone expression, and then at the right the joyous leap while his eyes sparkle and his lips break into a smile..rythimg interpretations of his moods.."- a description of 'By Jupiter' and Ray from 1942
📷: Ray and the lovely Carmen Miranda, photographed dancing in the late 1940's- early 1950's♡
"For years I played the circuts with Broadway as my goal. Then came the time I was to debut on the big time! My pals told me how sophisticated New Yorkers were, so I was so heavy as bird dog gettin' sophisticated. Well, to make a long syory short, I was a complete bait 'till one day, in disgust, I played myself! They loved it, and from then on, I forgot advice and began to go ahead"- Ray Bolger talks about his career in 1937 to interviewer Robert McIlwaine
📷: rare photographs of Ray with an unknown man and woman in an unknown sketch, mid 1950's♡
"Ray Bolger is popular both with legitimate theatregoers and patrons of the de luxe picture houses. When he is not working in Broadway productions, he is apt to be found headlining a big stage show. He was one of the featured players on the bill selected to open Radio City's Music Hall. This will be his first Broadway revenue since his appearance at Radio City. He appeared several years ago in Winter Garden revenues and made his first ever big bit in a recent 'Scandals'"- a 1934 playbill of 'Life Begins At 8:40'
📷: Ray with Jane Froman, Ilka Chase and Jimmy Durante, photographed to promote the show 'Keep Off The Grass' (1940)♡
"I worked like mad and did a routine for the picture. When I was through, I went back to New York, without a new contract. I figured this picture was more work if you could get it. Well - I had a date in New York and was very glad to keep it!"- Ray Bolger talking about his career in 1937
📷: Ray photographed on set of what looks like either 'Sweethearts' (1938) or 'Rosalie' (1937)♡
a undated article showing Ray rehearsing reads:
"For the second year Pontiac is sponsoring the entire 'Today' and 'Tonight' shows on NBC-TV on the same date. Introducing its new model Pontiac will present Ray Bolger in an informal survey of American dancing in the Sept. 24 'Today' program"
"Bolger has been a dancing dynamo onstage since he got his first Broadway press notice in the "Passing Show Of 1926". By the mid 30's Bolger had come to full flower as a dancing phenomenon in a show titled "On Your Toes". In this he did one of the most demanding routines of his career, as 15 minutes foot-frenzy called "A Slaughter On Tenth Avenue", which so taxed his strength that he fainted backstage half a dozen times during the 73 performances. For his memorable work in this musical he was hailed by various critics"- a article from the mid 1950's from 'Tele Vision LIFE' called 'Ray Bolger- "Dancing Dynamo"
📷: an adorable photo of Ray in the late 1930's - early 1940's♡
"I walked on that set on the first day and when I looked over I saw the most beautiful child, with this unusual beauty, a special kind of beauty. And I said: "that's Dorothy!". And I remember what a beautiful person she was inside"- Ray Bolger speaks about Judy Garland
📷: Ray with Judy Garland and Jane Powell for 'The Judy Garland Show', in October 1963 (episode aired early 1964)♡
"Now, if you've never seen Ray Bolger stop a show, you've missed a real treat. Undoubtedly one of the most popular musical comedy stars on the stage, Ray is in a class of his own when it comes to dancing"- a 1937 article
📷: rare candid of Ray jumping on furniture, on set of a film/show (?), late 1940's - early 50's♡