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Disney Recreates Wild West In ‘Golden Horseshoe Revue’
All the atmosphere of a typical Wild West saloon is recreated in Walt Disney’s Technicolor featurette, “The Golden Horseshoe Revue,” filmed at the famous Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland.
Every piece of traditional paraphernalia is in its place, from brass-ringed cuspidors to swinging doors. In keeping with the setting Disney has staged a gay, light-hearted revue with singing, dancing and comedy wrapped up in one enjoyable package that would please z:ny hard-bitten, saddle-weary cowpoke that might appear on the scene.
The all-star cast of entertainers is headed by singers Annette, Betty Taylor and comedians Ed Wynn, Gene Sheldon and Wally Boag.
A frontier establishment would not be quite authentic without the familiar line of ‘‘can-can” girls and the expected barroom fight, and “The Golden Horseshoe Revue” is no exception to the rule.
The show was directed by Ron Miller and written by Larry Clemmons. Lou Debney was associate producer for Walt Disney.
‘The Golden Horseshoe Revue’ Cuts Fine and Fancy Figures
If your eye is captured by a solid figure, numerical and otherwise, Walt Disney’s ‘The Golden Horseshoe Revue” has some beauties. The popular Disneyland show, in its tenth year at the Magic Kingdom, is now a Technicolor film featurette that brings to the screen all the figures of the original show, as well as the unequalled fun and music that have made it a favorite with visitors from all over the world.
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YOUTHFUL OLD-TIMER Ed Wynn and young veteran Annette supply rootin’, tootin’ fun and song to Walt Disney’s ‘‘The Golden Horseshoe Revue.’’ The Technicolor featurette was filmed at world famous Disneyland. Buena Vista releases.
Rootin’, Tootin’ Fun and Music Spark Walt Disney’s ‘Golden Horseshoe Revue’
Over thirteen thousand performances have been rung up, to the tune of five shows a day. Nearly four million people have been entertained by this Old West variety show. They have come from every state in the nation, and almost every country in the world, including Russia.
Speaking of figures, Wally Boag, the Golden Horseshoe’s star comedian, gets roughed up at every performance by stunt men and has 84 teeth knocked out. The human mouth only having 32 incisors, bicuspids, molars etc., Wally neatly manages the trick with lima beans. Since July, 1955,
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WALLY BOAG does a take-off of a dimwitted cowpoke in the song ‘‘Pecos Bill” in Walt Disney’s Technicolor featurette, “The Golden Horseshoe Revue.’’ The Buena Vista release also stars Annette, Ed Wynn and Gene Sheldon.
he has used nearly 3,000 pounds.
Wally is no slouch when it comes to freely dispensing balloons during the revue either. He has already blown up and twisted into animal figures 125,000 of them.
In the shapely human figure category “The Golden Horseshoe Revue” boasts the talents of lovely Annette, comely Betty Taylor and a line of “can-can” girls. In the comedy figure cutting class there are also the old pros Ed Wynn and Gene Sheldon, who manage to give Wally Boag a run for his balloons with their own brand of antics.
“The Golden Horseshoe Revue” was directed by Ron Miller from a script by Larry Clemmons. Lou Debney was associate producer for Walt Disney.
Wally Boag Joined Disney for 2 Weeks, Stays Nine Years
When Walt Disney was preparing to open his famed Disneyland Park in 1955 he searched for a fresh, versatile comedian who could stand up under the demands of five shows a day at the Golden Horseshoe Cafe in Frontierland. A seasoned comic named Wally Boag seemed to Disney to be the man for the bill, and so he signed him for two weeks. A six-month contract followed and Wally has been working steady for Walt ever since.
Wally’s special brand of comedy is seen in “The Golden Horseshoe Revue,” a Technicolor featurette starring Annette, Ed Wynn, Gene Sheldon, Boag and Betty Taylor. Ron Miller directed from a screenplay by Larry Clemmons. Buena Vista releases.
Walt Disney welcomes the audience to the ornate “saloon,” typical of the old Wild West, where a show with all the atmosphere of the early frontier days is recreated.
Headlining what Walt calls “real rootin’, tootin’, shootin
activities are the Golden Horseshoe’s regular performers, singer Betty Taylor and comedian Wally Boag, with special guest stars Annette, Ed Wynn and Gene Sheldon.
A chorus line of Can-Can dancers kick off the entertainment with the Golden Horseshoe’s welcome song, ‘Hello, Everybody,” which introduces Betty Taylor, known also in these parts as Slue Foot Sue. The hourglass songstress delivers “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?”
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tomimist Gene Sheldon, who has trouble coming on scene without falling over his instruments. After wrecking a trombone, a guitar and an accordion, the poker-faced Gene settles down with his banjo and plucks out a spirited rendition of “When The Saints Come Marching In.” A shifting spotlight keeps moving off Gene and almost completely unnerves him, until he, in pantomime, nails it to the floor.
The sounds of tribal drums bring on guest star, Annette, as an Indian maiden in the company of dancing girls and braves. They whoop it up with a. song, “Buffalo Round-up,” and are joined in the number by a dancing buffalo, manned by two men in fore-andaft costume.
Betty discovers Ed Wynn seated in a box seat and invites him on stage to reminisce about his show business career, which he does, via a long series of jokes and props. Together they clown around in vaudeville fashion and at one point, with a trick photography assist,
manage a fast costume switch. Ed plays and peddles his pianocycle with Betty perched on top singing “Shine On Harvest Moon” and “Tea For Two.”
Just what were clientele like at an “emporium of thirst” in the Old West? Betty takes the audience back to a frontier bar of the period as cowboys come on stage shooting and demanding a show. Gene Sheldon tries to satisfy them with a banio number, but he only manages to fall asleep in the middle of it. As the “saddle busters” are about to up and leave the premises for want of feminine entertainment Annette is introduced. She struggles valiantly but cannot win them over with the ballad, “Hang A Lantern In Your Window.” Ah, but when she whips into a ragtime, high-stepping tempo with “Mister Piano Man,” the cowboys are goggle-eyed with pleasure.
Wally Boag, the fun-loving comedian with a carpetbag full of tricks, takes over the show with a rapid series of gags, songs and balloon foolery. He duets with Betty in the song “Pecos Bill,” which is followed by a barroom brawl among the cowpokes. Betty ducks out but Wally and Gene join the free-for-all. The place is left in a shambles and everyone is floored. At finale time Betty manages to get the cast on its collective feet for the curtain bow.
“The Golden Horseshoe Revue,” a Technicolor featurette, was directed by Ron Miller from a script by Larry Clemmons. Lou Debney was associate producer for Walt Disney.