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Ray Bolger: More than a Scarecrow

Holly Van Leuven


Ray Bolger: More Than a Scarecrow is the first book-length biography of the American eccentric dancer and popular culture figure, best known for his role in the 1939 film musical The Wizard of Oz. The book traces Bolger’s career from repertory and vaudeville into New York movie houses, Broadway, nightclubs, the major film studios, Las Vegas resorts, and television programs. Bolger’s dance lineage is also traced through eccentric dancers like Fred Stone and “Irish prince” soft-shoe dancers like George Primrose and Jack Donahue. Special attention is given to Bolger’s involvement in the nascent U ... More

Keywords: Broadway, Where’s Charley, eccentric dance, tap dance, vaudeville, film studios, The Wizard of Oz, musical theater, variety shows, variety arts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190639044
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190639044.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Holly Van Leuven, author
Digital Marketer, Harvard Education Publishing Group