"I started... playing small towns in New York State. I can still name them like a conductor"- Ray Bolger says in an interview, 11 years before his death (1976)
🎥: Ray performing in a French accent with kids on 'The Dinah Shore Show' dated around 1959!♥️🖤
"We had a long and happy marriage. We loved one another a great deal. I am saddened, but it has been coming for a long time"- Gwen Rickard speaks about her husband, Ray Bolger's, death in 1987. He has been ill for 2 years before hand.
📽: home footage of Ray with some friends/family playing tennis!
Recorded for me by @thegirlcalledgumm but edited by me
A photograph caption dated November 30th 1955 reads:
"Heads blood drive". The article partially reads:
"Screen and television star Ray Bolger today was appointed by the American National Red Cross to spearhead the group's intensified drive for added blood donors during the Christmas holiday period"
Movie update time! #moonpilot was, well, interesting! #briankeith was hilarious and #danysaval was beautiful and very funny. The movie features a fun #ShermanBrothers song, “The Seven Moons of Beta Lyrae”. Sally Field made her film debut as one of the beatnik girls in the police lineup! Overall the film had its moments, but not one of my favorites...still enjoyable. #babesintoyland features several classic #disneyfamily actors which makes it a lot of fun. #raybolger plays the villainous Barnaby and in one of my favorite scenes, performs a humorous song and dance routine while trying to convince Mary (#annettefunicello ) to marry him following the “mysterious” disappearance of Tom (#tommysands ). #edwynn , #genesheldon#henrycalvin and #tommykirk round out the superb cast who all make this an enjoyable fantasy adventure. My only complaint with the film is that the fact it was filmed on a sound stage is a bit too evident. Finally, #tangled , what’s not too love? A brilliant animated film full of action, romance and hilarity. The “I Have a Dream” scene at the Snuggly Duckling kills me every time. Which of these movies do you love? Have you ever seen Moon Pilot? What do you think?
Some home footage of Ray, Harold Alren and likely Gwen in the backyard of their Beverley Hills home!!
What a treasure♥️
Thank you to @thegirlcalledgumm for recording these for me!!
"Fai apposta oppure non riesci a decidere se rispondermi o no?"
"È questo il mio guaio, non posso mai decidere: io non ho cervello, ma solo paglia!"
"E come fai a parlare se non hai cervello?"
"Ah, non ne ho idea... ma c'è un mucchio di gente senza cervello che chiacchiera sempre, non trovi?"
"Sì... credo tu abbia ragione"
"Are you doing that on purpose or can't you make up your mind?"
"That's the trouble, i can't make up in my mind, i haven't got a brain, only straw!"
"How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?"
"I don't know... but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?"
"Yes ... i guess you're right"
"Bolger was an amiable presence on the set, launching into impromptu dance steps between setups and delighting himself as much as he delighted his co-workers"- taken from 'The Wizard Of Oz FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Life, According To Oz'
📷: Ray in a photoshoot from the mid 1940s♡
"The falls, are a matter of training as an acrobat trains.....I learned them early in my stage work. Every fall has its own method and, once learned, can be performed without injury"- Ray Bolger speaks about his Scarecrow dance. Taken from the book 'The Wizard Of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion'
📷: a bit of an odd photo of Ray from a article •undated•
"Broadway lost sight of Bolger when he succumbed to the lure of Hollywood. Following the successful run with On Your Toes, he reported to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in 1936. He would, however, come to resent spending much of his time on the shelf in the Dream Factory, waiting for MGM to insert him into pictures as a dance specialty, but often cutting out his segment before realise"- taken from 'More Than A Scarecrow: Ray Bolger A Broadway Star'
📷: Ray with Luella Gear, Monty Woolley and Doris Carson photographed for 'On Your Toes' 1936♡
"We didn't eat in the commissary, but in a little room by ourselves... because [our make-ups] were too much of a sight"- Ray Bolger speaks about the making of 'The Wizard Of Oz'
📷: Ray and Edward Plunt on set of 'The Ray Bolger Show' (at the time, 'Where's Raymond?') 1954. Assorted Lehn and Fink products are displayed on the table in front of them
"Throughout his life, Bolger was a dedicated autodidact, a voracious reader with curiosity about everything. He loved to tell tall tales, but also had a knack for putting life's events into a realistic perspective"- taken from 'The Wizard Of Oz FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Life, According To Oz'
🎥: Ray says a speech and dances for the troops in the early 1940s♡
From getty images
NOTE: it may loose quality at some point!