£135.00

Ray Bolger Signed Scarecrow Wizard of Oz Display

"Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking."

 

This sensational Wizard of Oz display contains a delighful 8x10 of The Scarecrow and a very rare signature of Ray Bolger - who played the role so deftly in the movie. Ray sadly passed away in 1987 and hence his signature is very rare and collectable. The piece has been professionally matted in acid free materials and is ready to be framed. The Wizard of Oz changed the face of cinema forever when it hit cinemas in 1939 and remains one of the best loved films of all time. Given the passage of time, signatures of its main stars are highly valuable and most difficult to obtain. This would make a great investment piece. Ray was originally cast as the Tin Woodsman. However, he insisted that he would rather play the Scarecrow - his childhood idol, Fred Stone had originated that role on stage in 1902. Undoubtedly he made the right decision it is hard to imagine the film without Bolger's rubber-limbed performance!

 

Ray Bolger began his career in vaudeville. He was half of a team called, "Sanford and Bolger" and also did numerous Broadway shows on his own. He like Gene Kelly was a song and dance man as well as a comedian. He was signed to a contract with MGM in 1936 and his first role was as himself in The Great Ziegfeld. It is for his portrayal of The Scarecrow that Bolger will be forever remembered though. In his later career Ray had his own shown on US television and remained a popular entertainer until his death.

 

When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy takes her dog Toto, to run away. A tornado appears and carries her to the magical land of Oz. Wishing to return, she begins to travel to the city of Oz where a great wizard lives. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a cowardly lion who desperately needs courage. They all hope the Wizard of Oz will help them, before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them.

 

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The "tornado" was a thirty-five foot long muslin stocking, photographed with miniatures of a Kansas farm and fields. The yellow brick road originally showed up as green in the first prints. This stopped production and required everything to be repainted so it would show appropriately on the Technicolor film. The film started shooting on 13 October 1938 and was completed on 16 March 1939 at a then-unheard-of cost of $2,777,000. Oz earned only $3,000,000 on its initial release. The film has since made many many times more than that and is a timeless classic which continues to captivate audiences everywhere. This is your opportunity to obtain your very own rare piece of Oz history. Don't miss out!

 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Technicolor Triumph

 
Features at a glance.....

Actor:

Ray Bolger

Role:

Scarecrow

Film:

The Wizard of Oz

Size:

16x12 inches

 

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