(January 10, 1904 January 15, 1987). Was an American film and television actor, vaudevillian, singer, dancer. And musical stage performer whose career extended from bit parts in the silent film era to his appearance as a guest on TV's Different Strokes (1984). But, he will remain best known for his role as the. Bolger makes his first appearance about 20 minutes into the movie with a rendition of If I Only Had a Brain.
In this first scene with Judy Garland we only hear the song for about 70 seconds, but it. Had long been rumored of an extra four minute dance sequence that never made it to the screen. Researchers have recently confirmed the existence of this extended version. In the missing three minutes.
Bolger performs an acrobatic dance routine, evidencing the Scarecrow's ability to fly. Unfortunately for Bolger, his athletic performance, choreographed by the infamous Busby Berkeley, architect of many over-the-top Hollywood dance scenes, was ultimately relegated to the cutting room floor. When asked later why, Director, Victor Fleming, only offered some vague statements that the movie was too long -- this from the same man who would go on to direct Gone With the Wind. The letter from Bolger indicates that the Studio offered a different explanation for the cut -- that the sequence was too fantastic." He then goes on to suppose (correctly) the comment as referring to the flying dance sequence "having too much fantasy. In fairness to Flaming, the movie had many other creatures soaring about, and a flying Scarecrow may have been one too many for his taste. Condition and provenance: The letter is in excellent condition, with no stains or tears. The uneven top and bottom edges indicated the paper may have been trimmed.
Nevertheless, the salutation, body, and signature are all unaffected. It is undated, and w. E are unable to identify the recipient "Dear Jon, ".But there is a penciled addition of a name, "Jon Allan, " at the top right, which does not appear to match Bolger's handwriting, and was likely added later to identify the recipient. A certificate of authenticity is provided by Piece of the Past, Inc.
A reputable dealer in Hollywoodiana and other ephemera located in Las Vegas. Overall, this letter provides tantalizing insight into the well-documented. Confusion and disorganization that existed all through the production of America's most iconic movie, fueled by the fact that Berkeley and Fleming simply did not see eye-to-eye on creative issues, and Bolger's obvious dismay at not being extended the courtesy of a viewing. A great and truly one-of-a-kind collector's item.
The item "Ray Bolger Handwritten and Signed Letter. Amazing Wizard of Oz Context.
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