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Where's Raymond (1953-54)
The Ray Bolger Show
(1954-55)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Jim Brent, Sylvia Lewis, Robert Leszczak
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive
Writers Guild of America (wga)

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WHERE'S RAYMOND (1953-54)/ THE RAY BOLGER SHOW (1954-55)
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DPI Productions/ B & R Enterprises production ("B" for Bolger and "R" for Rickard, his wife)
Filmed at Desilu Studios (to be verified)
for
ABC (Thursdays 8:30 pm EST)(season 1)(1953-54)
ABC (Fridays 8:30 pm EST)(season 2)(1954-55)
Produced by Jerry Bresler (season 1)
Produced by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning (season 2)
Directors include: Marc Daniels, Sidney Lanfield
Director, John Rich (season 2 - shot 3 camera with audience)

US Comedy series 1953-55      ? episodes x 30 min
(08Oct53-10Jun55)
Starring:
Ray Bolger
as Raymond Wallace
With:
Richard Erdman as Pete Morrisey, landlord (1953-55)
Allyn Joslyn as Jonathan Wallace (1953-54)
Betty Lynn as June (1953-54)
Claire Dubrey as Aunt Angela (1953-54)
Frances Karath (1953-54)

Marjie Millar as Susan, aspiring writer from Iowa, Ray's girlfriend (1954-55)
Christine Nelson as Katie Jones (1954-55)
Charlie Cantor as Artie Herman (1954-55)
Sylvia Lewis as Ray's dancing partner (1953-55) (some have 1954-55)
Maureen Stephenson (1954-55)

Charles Smith as Farley
Gloria Winters as Ruth Farley
Verne Felton as Ruth's mother
Ray Teal as the Policeman
Premise:
The story of Raymond Wallace, a professional song and dance man with
a habit of arriving for a performance at the very last minute (hence
the title "Where's Raymond"). After one season the title changed to
"The Ray Bolger Show" and focused on Ray's relationship with Susan, a
young woman who's come to New York to further her writing career.

Music/ Orchestra:
Al Goodwin, Herbert Spencer, Earle Hagen
Choreographer: Sylvia Lewis

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ABC Thursdays 8:30-9:00 pm Eastern

1.01 [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
08Oct53 ABC Thur
Raymond finds all sorts of obstacles in his way when he tries to get to the
theater in time for his performance. [JB]

1.02 [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
15Oct53 ABC Thur
Raymond summons courage to fire his wardrobe mistress at his brother's
request. [JB]

[--] 22Oct53 - No information available

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
29Oct53 ABC Thur
Raymond receives a note backstage informing him that his former lieutenant
is in the audience. [JB]

[--] 05Nov53 - No information available

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
12Nov53 ABC Thur
Ray invests in a vague oil deal. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
19Nov53 ABC Thur
Ray lands in jail when he destroys a summons handed to him by a process
server. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
26Nov53 ABC Thur
Ray decides Thanksgiving is a good time to make peace with a columnist who
has been panning him. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
03Dec53 ABC Thur
Ray buys up the contract of a fighter who has never won a fight. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
10Dec53 ABC Thur
Ray hires an actor to prove that his brother's meticulous business methods
are wrong. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
17Dec53 ABC Thur
Ray consents to let his understudy do a number in the show because the
understudy's girl friend is in the audience. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (Christmas Episode) [verified -RL]
24Dec53 ABC Thur
Produced by Jerry Bresler
Directed by Marc Daniels
Written by William Bowers
Guests:
Ray Teal .......... Policeman (recurring)
Ralph Moody ....... "old friend"
The Mitchell Boys Choir
Synopsis:
Started off by little girl's imagination, Ray becomes Santa Claus, a cab
driver, floorwalker in a department store, an old vaudevillian, his own
imaginary wife, and finally, Sambo the doll. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
31Dec53 ABC Thur
Ray moves into a new apartment on December 31, and is beseeched by a meek
neighbor to please be as quiet as possible. Of course, things with Ray
never work out that way. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
07Jan54 ABC Thur
Ray buys dancing shoes for a senorita and her partner threatens to kill Pay.
[JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
14Jan54 ABC Thur
Ray is involved in a case of mistaken identity. [JB]

[--] 21Jan54 - No information available

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: THE MAID
28Jan54 ABC Thur (Network Rerun 17Jun54)
Ray gives a birthday present to a laundress, one of his admirers, and finds
he has to contend with her boy friend, who is a wrestler, and with his own
girl friend, Sylvia. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
04Feb54 ABC Thur
Ray gets an idea for ending a crush that a teenage girl has on him. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: THE LOST DOG
11Feb54 ABC Thur (Network Rerrun 01Jul54)
Ray undertakes to find a boy's strayed pooch and calls the animal shelter.
But he innocently reaches a psychiatrist by mistake. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
18Feb54 ABC Thur
Ray and Pete take over June's coffee shop for a day. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: WHO'S GETTING MARRIED?
25Feb54 ABC Thur
Ray, June, Farley and Farley's fiancee have a merry mixup at the marriage
bureau. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: WILL YOU BE MY COOK? [UCLA]
(c) 1954 B & R Enterprises production
04-Mar-1954 ABC Thur
Produced by Jerry Bresler
Written by Stanley Shapiro, Fred Fox and Maurice Richlin.
Directed by Sidney Lanfield

Film Editor, Marsh Hendry;
Director of Photography, Lester Shorr;
music, Herbert Spencer and Earle Hagen.
Cast/perfomers:
Ray Bolger (Raymond Wallace); Richard Erdman (Pete Morrisey);
Sylvia Lewis (Ray's dancing partner);
Allyn Joslyn, Ida Moore, Charles Helton, Pat Flaherty, Ray Kellogg,
James Logan, Anne Carroll, James Hyland. [UCLA]
Synopsis:
Ray befriends a millionairess whom he takes to be an unemployed maid. [JB]

[--] 11Mar54 - No information available

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
18Mar54 ABC Thur
Ray dresses up as a stork to attend a party. He mistakenly believes it to
be in honor of a baby his brother's wife is, he thinks, about to have. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: LET'S GET RAY MARRIED
25Mar54 ABC Thur
Ray is chosen as one of the nation's 10 most eligible bachelors, and his
brother and sister-in-law decide it is high time he married. Among the
candidates are a chorus girl, a girl reporter, and an adagio dancer. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
01Apr54 ABC Thur
Ray becomes a partner in a shoe store. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: CUDDLES
08Apr54 ABC Thur
Cuddles turns out to be the name of both a cocker spaniel and a chorus girl,
which makes for some pretty confused conversation. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known) (Reserves episode) [verified -RL]
15Apr54 ABC Thur
Sponsored by Super KemTone Paint
Produced by Jerry Bresler
Written by Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin & Fred Fox
Directed by Sidney Lanfield
Cast:
Allyn Joslyn ......... Jonathan (recurring)
Betty Lynn ........... June (recurring)
Richard Wessel ....... Sergeant Martin
Joy Lansing .......... Sergeant's girlfriend
Dan Riss ............. Captain Blake
Thurston Hall ........ the Colonel
Sylvia Lewis ......... Sylvia (recurring)
King Donovan ......... the Lieutenant
Synopsis:
Ray joins the Reserves, and has his troubles with a tough sergeant. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
22Apr54 ABC Thur
Memories of a high school romance are revived for Ray when he receives a
telegram from the girl who was once his dancing partner. She tells him of
her plans to visit the old hometown. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
29Apr54 ABC Thur
Guest Cast:
David Kasday ......... Billy
Lee Erickson ......... Lefty
Ben Welden ........... Bullets Brannigan
Synopsis:
Ray has his difficulties persuading some juvenile delinquents that all
dancers are not sissies. [JB]

[--] 06May54 - No information available

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
13May54 ABC Thur
The big moment finally arrives in the life of Farley, Ray's understudy, as
Ray yields to his pleas for a chance to go on. [JB]

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: WHERE'S TREMONT? [verified -RL]
20May54 ABC Thur
Produced by Jerry Bresler
Written by William Bowers
Directed by Marc Daniels
Cast:
Allyn Joslyn ......... Jonathan (recurring)
Jan Clayton .......... Francine Tremont
Betty Lynn ........... June (recurring)
Richard Erdman ....... Pete (recurring)
Claire Dubrey ........ Aunt Angela (recurring)
Hayden Rorke ......... Clinton Tremont
Sylvia Lewis ......... Sylvia (recurring)
Maurice Kelly ........ Stage Manager
Charles Smith ........ Understudy
Ray Teal ............. Policeman (recurring)
Synopsis:
Tremont is a banker whose support Jonathan needs for a mining venture.
Mrs. Tremont is a former actress making a special appearance with Ray.

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
27May54 ABC Thur
Ray gets the idea that Jonathan is planning to desert his wife and daughter
for another woman. [JB]

[--] 03Jun54 - No information available

1.xx [--] Where's Raymond?: (episode title not known)
10Jun54 ABC Thur
Ray gets that Hollywood bug. When a movie producer hits town, Ray tries to
get him tickets to a performance of his show and finds that there are none
available. [JB]

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Network Reruns
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[--] 17Jun54 Rerun of "The Maid" (Original air date 28Jan54)
[--] 24Jun54 No information available
[--] 01Jul54 Rerun of "The Lost Dog" (Original air date 11Feb54)

[--] 08Jul54
Ray's understudy Farley is married, and at once encounters a major hazard of
married life, his mother-in-law moves in. Ray dons his "Charley's Aunt"
costume and poses as Farley's mother to help out his distressed pal.
(Last show of the season)
 
############ The Ray Bolger Show #############
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ABC Fridays 8:30-9:00 pm Eastern
Director, John Rich
(season 2 - shot 3 camera with audience)


 2.01 [--] The Ray Bolger Show: A DOUBLE LIFE
17Sep54 ABC Fri
Ray's sidekick Pete Morrisey is jealous of Ray's success with the ladies
and claims it is due only to the dancer's fame. The two make a bet and swap
identities. Ray moves into Pete's apartment and two girls, Susan and Katie,
move next-door. [JB]

2.02 [--] The Ray Bolger Show: THE MASQUERADE IS OVER
24Sep54 ABC Fri
Ray decides to reveal his true identity to Susan, but the complications
which arise make the unmasking very painful to our hero. [SC]

[--] 01Oct54 No information available

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known) [verified -RL]
08Oct54 ABC Fri
Sponsored by Lehn & Fink (Lyson, Hinds Creme, Etiquet Deodorant and Dorothy Gray cosmetics)
DPI Productions and B & R Enterprises, Inc.
Produced by Paul Henning & Stanley Shapiro
Written by Paul Henning & Don Johnson
Directed by John Rich
Cast:
Charles Cantor ........ Artie Herman (recurring)
Christine Nelson ...... Katy Jones (recurring)
Sylvia Lewis .......... Sylvia (recurring)
Jerry Hausner ......... Sam
Andy Mayo ............. Panny The Horse
Alan Reed ............. the Professor
Synospsis:
In order to save his friends Katie and Artie from being duped by the
operator of a phony dramatic school, Ray enrolls in the school himself. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
15Oct54 ABC Fri (Network Rerun 29Apr55)
Susan's girl friend Katie learns that the sea of matrimony is mighty deep
when her boy friend (William Schallert) arrives in New York to pop the
question. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: MISS TEEN-AGER
22Oct55 ABC Fri (Network Rerun 06May55)
Guest Cast:
Elinor Donahue ........... Joanne Gentry
Synopsis:
Elinor Donahue plays Joanne Gentry, who wins the "Miss Teen-ager" contest
and is awarded a trip to New York City as her prize. She also wins Ray as
an escort for her big-city night and immediately falls in live with him. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: NOVELIST (wga)
Desilu Prods Inc
290ct54 ABC Fri (Network Rerun 13May55)
with: Marjie Millar ...... Susan (recurring)
Guest Cast:
Craig Stevens .......... Clarke Reynolds
Gloria Pall ............ Sally Morrell, the Blonde
Synopsis:
Clarke Reynolds, a handsome novelist, becomes interested in Ray's girlfriend
Susan. In order to divert Reynold's attention from his girl, Ray encourages
a stage-struck blonde to act as decoy. [JB/UCLA]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
05Nov54 ABC Fri (Network Rerun 20May55)
Pete Morrisey rents Ray's apartment to a young out-of-town married couple.
Ray mistakes these tenants for the potential backers of a show he plans to
produce. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
12Nov54 ABC Fri (Network Rerun 27May55)
Ray finds he is the proud possessor of a self-appointed publicity man: his
pal, Pete Morrisey. Pete starts his job by releasing a story about Ray's
search for a wife who is an expert cook. [JB]

[--] 19Nov54 - No information available

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
26Nov54 ABC Fri (Network Rerun - possibly 03Jun55)
Ray helps Katy Jones and Pete Morrisey in their scheme to impress a snooty
young woman who has recently arrived in town. The plan calls for Katy and
Pete suddenly to become highbrow. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
03Dec54 ABC Fri (Network Rerun 10Jun55)
Ray tries to help an aspiring artist land a commission to paint socially
prominent Mrs. Schuyler. The dancer makes a deal with the dowager, agreeing
to appear in her amateur musical if she will allow Dick Larson to paint her
portrait. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
10Dec54 ABC Fri
Ray's girl friend suffers because the dancer is preparing a show for the
Navy. Ray is kept so busy with this extra duty that he is forced to break a
number of dates with Susan. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
17Dec54 ABC Fri
Ray sees his girl friend, Susan, being escorted home by an office boy, but
mistakes the strange male for Mr. Universe (Steve Reeves). [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: FATHER FOR A DAY (wga)
Desilu Prods Inc.
24Dec54 ABC Fri
Ray celebrates Christmas by acting as father for a day. In the holiday
spirit, Ray brings home two young orphans to spend Christmas with him. Ray
re-creates his famous scarecrow dance from the motion picture, "The Wizard
of Oz." [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: MAN OF THE YEAR (wga) [verified -RL]
Desilu Prods Inc.
31Dec54 ABC Fri
Produced by Stanley Shapiro
Written by Maurice Richlin, Fred Fox, and Stanley Shapiro
Directed by John RIch
Cast -
Ray Bolger .......... Raymond Wallace
Marjie Millar ....... Susan
Richard Erdman ...... Pete
Christine Nelson .... Katy
Elvia Allman ........ Mrs. Chalmers
Bob Jellison ........ Harry
Sylvia Lewis ........ Sylvia
Synopsis 1:
Pete Morrisey latches on to a press agent's dream when he plans to have Ray
made "Man of the Year." [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Tuba-player Harry's (Bob Jellison's) mother-in-law(Elvia Allman) wishes her son-in-law could
be more like the kind, generous and thoughtful Raymond Wallace (Ray Bolger). To
make Harry seem like more of a hero in her eyes, Raymond attempts to appear as a
real "schnook" in front of her. Coincidentally, she is also the person who decides upon
the "man of the year" honors at the local women's club, and Ray is up for nomination - until
he puts on the "schnook act," that is. [RL]
Songs include: "You're The Top" and "That's What A Rainy Day Is For." [RL]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
07Jan55 ABC Fri
Pete Morrisey, Ray's hard-working press agent, has another one of his "great"
ideas. This time he is busy promoting a contest to find his client's double.
[JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
14Jan55 ABC Fri
Ray helps out a young bronco buster who is in love with a lovely New York
model. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
21Jan55 ABC Fri
Ray does a command performance for a Sultan and is given an unusual and
unexpected reward for his efforts. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
28Jan55 ABC Fri
Ray charms a shy schoolteacher (Irene Ryan) into giving his pal, Artie
Herman, a passing grade in a high-school course. The schoolmarm becomes
enchanted with Ray. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
04Feb55 ABC Fri
Ray's ex-partner, Bill Johnson, doesn't have enough money to keep his
nightclub in operation. Ray comes to the rescue with an offer of financial
aid. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: PREDATORY FEMALE (wga)
Desilu Prods Inc.
11Feb55 ABC Fri
Ray's nimble feet come in handy when a rich woman uses her wiles to make
him her eighth husband. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
18Feb55 ABC Fri
An old professor of Ray's comes to visit the dancer in New York. He brings
his fiancée, a gold-digging chorus girl. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: MY IDEAL HUSBAND
25Feb55 ABC Fri
Ray becomes involved in a "My Ideal Husband" contest with the help of his
fiancée's friend. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: RAY HUMANIZES PETE
04Mar55 ABC Fri
Ray outfits himself as a penniless tramp to show cynical Pete Morrisey that
most people feel compassion for their fellow men. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
11Mar55 ABC Fri
Ray has a reunion with old army buddies. In the course of reminiscence Ray
impersonates a blonde WAC and a "sad sack" GI. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: WONDER DOG
18Mar55 ABC Fri
Ray helps an old vaudevillian and his "wonder dog" to get employment at the
theater he is playing. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
25Mar55 ABC Fri
Night-watchman Otto Kleinschmidt's job is endangered when an efficiency
expert feels that he has outlived his usefulness. Ray tries to help his pal.
[JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: (episode title not known)
01Apr55 ABC Fri
We go back to 1915 to witness the wooing of Virginia Randolph by Ray's
father. Virginia's father is opposed to show people in general and to
Ray, Sr., in particular. [JB]

[--] 08Apr55 (Repeat of original air date 24Dec54)

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: LAST OF THE SHOWBOATS (wga)
Desilu Prods Inc.
15Apr55 ABC Fri
At the request of his friends, Susan and Katy, Ray pleads with the judge to
save an old showboat that is set to be destroyed as a public nuisance. [JB]

2.xx [--] The Ray Bolger Show: SEEING DOUBLE (wga)
Desilu Prods Inc.
22Apr55 ABC Fri
Synopsis:
In an attempt to get newspaper space for Ray, Press Agent Pete Morrisey
pretends that the dancer has a hillbilly double. [JB]

[--] The Ray Bolger Show: (Desilu Prods Inc.) RAY CURES STAGE STRUCK FRIENDS (1954)(wga)
[--] The Ray Bolger Show: (Desilu Prods Inc.) STAG AT BAY (1954)(wga)
[--] The Ray Bolger Show: (Desilu Prods Inc.) ANGEL IN DISGUISE (1955)(wga)
[--] The Ray Bolger Show: (Desilu Prods Inc.) JEALOUSY (1955)(wga)
[--] The Ray Bolger Show: (Desilu Prods Inc.) THE BARBER TAKES A BRIDE (1955)(wga)
[--] The Ray Bolger Show: (Desilu Prods Inc.) THE GIRL ON THE BILLBOARD (1955)(wga)

[--] The Ray Bolger show: Unidentified episode--excerpt. Ray Bolger sings and
tap dances to The old folks at home]. Published/distributed: [ca. 1954] [UCLA]

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Repeats - ABC Fridays (29Apr55-10Jun55
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29Apr55 (Repeat of original air date 15Oct54)
06May55 (Repeat of original air date 22Oct54)
13May55 (Repeat of original air date 29Oct54)
20May55 (Repeat of original air date 05Nov54)
27May55 (Repeat of original air date 12Nov55)
03Jun55 -No information available
10Jun55 (Repeat of original air date 03Dec54) (Final Show of the Series)


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