The First Show Overview:
Before the show begins, comedian/ singer, Jack Watson comes out and warms up the audience with jokes and old songs from the 1860's. A variety of slide show type advertisements shown on the backdrop as well as the lyrics to the songs. As the lights are dimmed, the orchestra begins playing the overture before the performers come out. Next comes the opening number which features the Golden Horseshoe Saloon Can-Can dancers saloon owner, Slue Foot Sue [originally played by Judy Marsh and later, Betty Taylor] and her four dance hall girls singing a welcome song entitled “Hello Everybody" [written by Charles LeVere]. This song helped introduce Slue Foot Sue to the audience as she next sings a song where she ventures out into the audience to flirt with the male guests and sings a song like, “A Lady Has to Mind Her P’s and Q’s” [also written by Charles LeVere]. Slue Foot Sue would next sing "Bill Bailey" [one of Walt's favorite songs].
Next, Sue introduces the MC of the show, an Irish tenor [originally played by Don Novis, then Fulton Burley and Jay Meyer.] At the finish of his song, he is joined by the lovely Golden Horseshoe dancers for the number, "Beautiful Dreamer."
At the finish of his song, they are joined by the show's comedian [originally played by Wally Boag and later, by Dick Hardwick and a score of talented subs], who enters from the backstage. [Later shows have him entering through the back doors] in his Traveling Salesman outfit complete with carpet bag full of gags and sight
As he makes his way to the stage through the audience, he tells jokes and sings “What Have We Here”. He is encouraged to the stage by the MC, where he begins his comedy routine. In the case of Wally Boag, it was balloon animals, bagpipes and crazy dances. [The Pecos Bill act would be added to the show in the future including firing off six shooters or squirt guns at the audience.] The finale always included the famous Can-Can dancers in a 5 minute Can-Can dance done to Offenbach music.
After a rousing version of the song, “Pecos Bill” sang by Sue, the tenor and Pecos himself, and lots of horseplay, they are joined by the dancing girls who perform a rousing can-can number. After the dance, the entire cast assembles for a final brief song and bow.
In later shows, the Traveling Salesman would leave the stage at this point and Sue and the emcee would sing a song together. Suddenly Pecos Bill [a.k.a. the Traveling Salesman] enters the stage with his guns a-blazing and starts a dialogue that leads to the singing of his signature song, "Pecos Bill". [This song was made famous by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers]. It is during this song that the famous 'teeth spitting routine takes place. This would be followed by the Golden Horseshoe Can-can girls. Over the years other songs were added in place of others songs to keep the show fresh. These songs included "Danny Boy", The Girl on the Cover of the Police Gazette" and "Leprechaun Lullaby".
The Golden Horseshoe Revue ran from July 17, 1965 until October 12, 1986. Co-written by Wally Boag and Don Novis; music and songs by Charles LeVere and lyrics by Tom Adair and later arrangements by Buddy Baker, Walt's dream of a show that represented the Old West saloons and dance halls of the past came true.
The Golden Horseshoe Revue ran from July 16, 1955 until October 12, 1986. Originally written by Wally Boag and Don Novis with musical help from Charles LaVere, Walt's idea was to present a representation of an old west saloon/ dance hall with comedy, dancing girls, plenty of singing and a beautiful leading lady.
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The Original Cast included Wally Boag, as the traveling Salesman and Pecos Bill; Don Novis as the Emcee and Irish Tenor and Judy Marsh as Slue-foot Sue, owner of the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. Betty Taylor replaced Judy March in 1956 and Don Novis was replaced by Fulton Burley in 1962.
Born at home on September 13, 1920 in Portland, Oregon to Wallace and Evelyn Boag, Wally started in show business at an early age attending dancing school at age 5 and opening his own dancing school at age 16. He started in Burlesque theater at age 18 playing clarinet and started playing clubs around the Portland area following high school.
That started his journey of being "on the road" with his act and he gained some success in Hollywood. On July 20, 1943, he married actress, Ellen Morgan and went under contract to MGM Studios where he met Fulton Burley. [also under contract to MGM]
In 1955, following a command performance for the Queen of England, Wally was asked by Don Novis, if he would be interested in auditioning for Walt Disney for his new theme park.... and the rest is history. Wally Boag retired from the show in 1982. Wally passed away on June 4, 2001 in Santa Monica, California. Wally is still represented on facebook via his son, Laurence Boag @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wally-Boag/146405915534?fref=ts
Youtube video of Wally Boag on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1961,
courtesy of The Ed Sullivan Show
Youtube video of Wally Boag dancing,
courtesy of Dana Daniels
Wally did this show too.
[Thanks to ScooterPiety for the video]
Born in Hastings, Sussex, England, Don Novis came to the United States to pursue an acting and singing career.
He made his film debut in the 1929 movie "Bulldog Drummond" and appeared in several other films. Later films included "One Hour With You" , and "This is the Night" . He led his ownorchestra in the early 30's and recorded with Brunswick Records.
He sand on the radio with various orchestra and appeared on the Fiber McGee and Molly radio show several times in the early 1930's. He starred on Broadway in two productions including Rudolph Ferml's Luana and Rodger and Hart's JUMBO from 1935 to 1936.
Don had worked with Wally Boag before in Australia while appearing with "Peep Show". His voice was recorded on several movie soundtracks, most notably, Disney's Bambi in which he sang the 1942 Oscar nominated song "Love is a Song". Don Novis left the Golden Horseshoe Revue Show in 1962, due to poor health. Don passed away on July 23, 1966.
Here is an audio of Don Novis singing "Sweet and Lovely"
with the Guy Lombardo Orchestra in 1931
Here is a audio from 1932 on youtube featuring Don Novis
singing "One Hour With You"
Here is an audio of Don Novis singing "Love is a Song"
from Bambi in 1942
This is an audio of Don Novis
singing in the Golden Horseshoe Revue in 1957
Courtesy of DisneyAudioMagic 2
Very Little is known about Judy Marsh. She worked as a singer in the early '50's with local night clubs and occasional performances on the Spade Cooley Show on KTLA in Los Angeles. She appeared in a vaudeville revival show called BIGTIME in 1947. She left Disney in 1956; 6 months after she started under uncertain circumstances and was replaced with singer, Betty Taylor.
Betty Taylor was born in Seattle, Washington. She began taking dance lessons at age 3 and by age 12 was appearing in her first professional stage show. She sang with several bands including Les Brown and his Band of Renown and performed in shows with Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas.
She joined the cast of the Golden Horseshoe Revue in early 1956 replacing Judy Marsh. She stayed with the show for 30 years and performed over 45,000 shows with co-starts Wally Boag and Fulton Burley.Betty stayed with the show until its close in 1986 and passed away on June 5, 2001 in Coupeville, Washington.
Betty Taylor singing during the 10,000 Show in 1962
Video Courtesy of Mouse Castle
Fulton Burley was born on June 12, 1922 in Toronto, Canada and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and came to the United States in 1943 after a telephone audition landed him the singing lead in Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe Revue on Broadway. He was signed to an MGM contract where he met Wally Boag as they appeared together in the film, "Thrill of a Romance".
During WWII, Fulton served in the Army traveling to China, Burma and India. Encouraged by Wally, in 1962, he joined the cast of the Golden Horseshoe replacing the ailing Don Novis. He stayed with the show for 24 years until it closed in 1986. Fulton Burley died from heart failure on May 7, 2007 at Sunrise Assisted Living at La Costa in Carlsbad, California at the age of 84. A beautiful memorial service was held at the Disney Studios in Burbank with hundreds of guests and performances and recollections shared by Wally Boag, Jay Meyers and many others.
Youtube video of Fulton Burley
Lovingly complied by Scott Wolf @ Mouse Clubhouse
and used at Fulton's Memorial in 2007
A pre-show warm-up was performed by Jack Watson, who hosted an audience sing along of 1860's songs. Eventually, Jack was replaced by a slide presentation of lyrics and songs.
Other comedians who played the role included Bert Henry (who was Wally's sub when the show first opened), Jim Adams (who subbed for Wally for 12 years), Dick Hardwick (who replaced Wally in 1982 when he retired), Ron Schneider, Dana Daniels, Mike Norris, Don Payne and Kirk Wall.
Musicians and male castmembers who worked at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon wore tight fitted vests over stripped shirts with garters around their upper arms. Waitresses wore saloon girl petty-coats and skirts over form fitting bodices with lace trim and fish net stockings.
In a 1960's souvenir schedule, the listing for the Golden Horseshoe read.....
"No alcohol is served in this saloon, which is underwritten by Pepsi-Cola and features such as Dolores, a singing waitress who renders such songs as 'Alice Blue Gown'. An Irish tenor sings Irish tunes. Slue Foot Sue, the tough proprietress sings 'Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey". Pepsi-Cola is the most powerful beverage allowed at Disneyland."
Before Disneyland, Wally was a popular performer on stage and in movies.
An early publicity photo of Wally Boag.
Wally Boag in the 70's performing as the Traveling Salesmen in the Golden Horseshoe Revue.
Irish tenor, Don Novis and Singer, Judy Marsh; along with Wally Boag were the original Golden Horseshoe castmembers when the show opened on July 17, 1955.
Another publicity photo of Don Novis and Judy Marsh at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland.
Singer, Betty Taylor takes over the lead as Slue-Foot Sue in 1956 after Judy Marsh leaves.
Betty Taylor as Slue-foot Sue, Wally Boag as Pecos Bill and Fulton Burley as the Emcee and straight man to Wally.
Fulton Burley and Betty Taylor along with the Golden Horseshoe Can-Can dancers doing a number from the Policeman's Gazette number.
Fulton Burley, Betty Taylor and comedian, Bert Henry [who subbed for Wally Boag].
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Picture #1 ~ PECOS BILL was a character first mentioned by Edward S. O'Reilly in 1917 in his stories of the Wild West for The Century Magazine. These stories were collected and reprinted in a Book in 1923 called The Saga of Pecos Bill. Originally told as true stories of the West, they were later exposed as fiction and soon became "folklore". The original stories of Pecos Bill tell of a young babe who while traveling by covered wagon with his family near the Pecos River, fell out of the wagon and was raised by coyotes. As he grew up, he had a snake named Shake as a whip and a horse called Widow-maker. He love interest was Slue-foot Sue, who rode across the Texas dessert on the back of a giant catfish. Walt Disney decided to make Pecos Bill and Slue-foot Sue a part of the final sequence his cartoon, Melody Time in 1948. The part of Pecos Bill was sung by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneer with Bob Nolan as the narrator.
Picture # 2 ~ WALLY BOAG was a successful performer, comedian, dancer and radio personality who was signed to MGM for a while and performed all over the world including a royal performance for the Queen of England. Wally was personally chosen by Walt Disney in 1955 to write and star in a Golden Horseshoe Revue Show using the character of Pecos Bill as part of the show. This idea came from the name that Walt had chosen for his new restaurant and show... Slue-foot Sue's Golden Horseshoe Saloon and Revue. Wally performed this part for over 27 years and was an inspiration to hundreds, if not thousands of young performers who visited Disneyland.
This is a link to an interview with Wally Boag about his work at the Golden Horseshoe, courtesy of our friends at Mouse Clubhouse.
Picture # 3 ~ "JIMMY" ADAMS first went to Disneyland from his hometown of Tucson, Arizona in 1955 and decided that he wanted to be Wally Boag after seeing the show. Jim began working at Disneyland in 1969 in the Character Dept as King Louie. He began subbing for Wally Boag in 1970. He started out as a pre-show warm-up to the Revue with a puppet called Claude Dog and the Mountain Man.
Jim left Disney in 1982 to work with Don Payne and Wally Boag at another company. Today Jim works as a Christian speaker and the owner of Jim Adams Entertainment.
This is a link to an interview with Don Payne and Jim Adams about their years at the Golden Horseshoe, courtesy of our friends at Mouse Clubhouse. http://www.mouseclubhouse.com/Interviews/jim-adams&don-payne/jim-adams&don-payne.htm
Picture # 4 ~ DICK HARDWICK started at Disneyland on June 17, 1978 in a Golden Horseshoe night-time show called Class of '27 with Sonny Helmer on trombone, Harry Holton on banjo and sax, Westy Westenhoffer on tuba and John Reynolds on guitar. When the show closed, Dick began playing in a bluegrass band called Hand Picked during the day and doing the Yahoo Revue in the Golden Horseshoe at night from 1979 to 1981. He also played in the Thunder Mountain Breakdown Boys and the Main Street Maniacs. He first performed the Pecos Bill role in Florida at Walt Disney World temporarily for Bert Henry, who had suffered a heart attack. He took over as the official Pecos Bill role in Anaheim when Wally Boag retired and played that part from 1982 until the show's closing in 1986. He did the final show on October 12, 1986.
Here is a youtube video courtesy of Doug Mattocks featuring Dick Hardwick playing with the Main Street Maniacs around 1978.
Picture # 5 ~ DANA DANIELS started in the character Dept. and continually auditioned every year waiting for his chance to be a sub for Wally's part. He was hired as a juggler in Fantasyland as the Royal Jesters thus earning his American Guild of Variety Artists contract making him eligible to work in the Golden Horseshoe. He was hired as a sub for Dick Harwick, who replaced Wally when he retired in 1982. Dana claims that " ...the hardest part of the job was holding all those beans in my mouth and talking and singing at the same time.” During this time, Kodak was the corporate sponsor of The Golden Horseshoe Revue Show. Dana subbed for that show until 1986 and later, starred in his own show, The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show doing a magic act with his parrot, Luigi that ran for eight years from June 13, 1995 to October 8, 2003.
This is a link to an interview with Dana Daniels about his years with the Golden Horseshoe Revue, courtesy of our friends at Mouse Clubhouse. http://www.mouseclubhouse.com/ghs/dana-daniels/dana-daniels.htm
To see more pictures of Dana from The Golden Horseshoe Revue days, go to his official web site atwww.danadaniels.com .
Picture # 6 ~ KIRK WALL began performing in high school. The son of a two music teachers, music had an important place in Kirk's life. He learned to play the violin early and studied opera at Eastern New Mexico University. He was signed to play Jesus in the Rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. Moving to California, he did the play, Grease and several small roles on TV including General Hospital. His first Disney role was subbing for Dick Hardwick in 1983 until 1986 when his friend, Mike Norris left to do another show. Kirk has also starred in the Blast to the Past Parade in 1989, State Fair and the Pigmania Show in 1988 [with Dick Hardwick] as one of the Barley Brothers and as the lead in the Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Show that played from 1992 to 2012 at the Golden Horseshoe and Big Thunder Jamboree 5 days a week.
This is an interview with Kirk Wall about his career as an entertainer, courtesy of our friends at Mouse Clubhouse.
All About Kirk ~ courtesy of Ape Pen Publishing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCdMKqKP3Po
Kirk Wall on the TV show, The Fall Guy ~ courtesy of Grace Wall. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYOyXxJmiVY
Picture # 7 ~ DON PAYNE was raised in Kern, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He started working at Disneyland in 1966 with the Fantasy on Parade during the Christmas season. He worked as a pageant helper and did several promotional tours nationally to announce Disney's latest film releases. During that time, he worked with several of the stars of the Golden Horseshoe Revue and later began subbing for Jim Adams, who was subbing for Wally Boag in the part. In 1982, he left Disney for another job opportunity and returned in 1985. He was later hired to sub as Sam the Bartender in the Golden Horseshoe Jamboree Show that replaced the Revue show in 1986 and ran until December 18, 1994.
Picture # 8 ~ RON SCHNEIDER was raised in Southern California with all things Disney having a heavy influence on his early life. He briefly attended Cal Arts in 1970-71. He developed the character of Henry VIII for the 1520 AD Medievil Restaurants. From 1973 to 1977, he worked at Universal Studios Tours. He had worked at Six Flags Magic Mountain developing the character of the medicine show traveling salesman in Spillikin Corners and in the Africa USA area. As a child, he dreamed of playing Wally Boag's part in the Golden Horseshoe Revue and in December of 1979, he auditioned, but did not win the part. In April, 1980, he was called back by Disney and hired for the comedian role. He worked in the Golden Horseshoe Revue Show part time while also working at the C.L. Womphopper's Themed Western Restaurant at Universal Studios. (a character and show he developed). In 1981, Bev Bergeron called from Florida looking for actors to help with the Diamond Horseshoe Revue. Unfortunately, at the same time, Wally Boag retired from the Golden Horseshoe, along with his sub, Jim Adams and Jim's sub, Don Payne. In 1982, Ron decided to go to Florida at the same time that Imagineer, Tony Baxter was creating the Journey in Imagination attraction along with its stars, Dreamfinder and Figment. Ron auditioned and won the role of the face character, Dreamfinder which he performed until 1987. Ron currently lives in Florida after working many years at Universal Florida in the Character Dept.
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