Monday, June 19, 2017

Golden Horseshoe, August 14 1956

Digging through some previously-unscanned slides, I pulled out today's photos from the Golden Horseshoe Revue. They'd faded to a dabolical magenta, but I figured I'd give them a scan and see what I could do with 'em. The results were decent, if not spectacular. Still, it's fun to have these early views of a classic Disneyland attraction.

Whoo-eee, those gals sure can shake a leg! The scandalous can-can is not quite as scandalous at Disneyland, but I'll bet you two bits that this photo was taken by a dude. Once in a while I am surprised at how tiny that stage is, considering all of the hubbub that went on there.

There's Donald Novis, the Irish (actually English) tenor who preceded Fulton Burley. I love being able to see the kids in the boxes at the side of the stage! The gentleman in the lower left doesn't like what he's hearing, apparently.


Nanook said...


I think "jewel box" is the complimentary way to describe a very small stage and/or theater. But that didn't seem to stop the out-sized performances, show longevity or great memories created in that venue.

Thanks, Major.

TokyoMagic! said...

Is the dancer in the red dress, leaning on the dancer next to her?

There is a purse in the audience (near the front of the stage) that has a souvenir guide sticking out of it. And it looks like it's folded in half, so it's value just went down!

K. Martinez said...

I really wish they'd bring the Revue back. I enjoyed it while it existed. I've seen both the "Revue" and "Jamboree" versions. What a shame and wasted opportunity to have the stage sit there empty. Thanks, Major.

Chuck said...

TM!, she actually just jammed a shiv into her back. Those can-can girls were a vicious lot recruited from the most notorious dives on San Francisco's Barbary Coast - you wouldn't want to meet one of them in a dark alley or Adventureland after dark. But, boy, could they macramé!

Was the box full of kids Walt's personal box? Or was that on the other side of the stage (meaning "stage right," not "behind the backdrop curtain").

Anonymous said...

This was a fun show, I watched this one, or a similar one once. I love the theater interior.


Nanook said...

@ Chuck-

It's definitely the stage left side; and depending which 'story' you read, it's either the upper or the lower. Yes, Walt [infamously] climbed-down from the upper SL box on July 13, 1995 - while celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary.

Back in the early 60's, I definitely sat in one of the lower boxes. But I'll be damned if I can remember which one, though.

Nanook said...

Uh, hem.... make that 1955. So much for proof-reading-!

Steve DeGaetano said...

I don't think the guy has his finger in his ear; I think the Wizard just gave him a brain.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, obviously you have been paid by the powerful jewel box theater consortium!

TokyoMagic!, I think that what looks like a hand on the other girl’s shoulder is actually… a shoulder! Not 100 percent sure though. I am amazed at how many vintage photos show those souvenir guides being handled so roughly. It ain’t right.

K. Martinez, it does seem like they should be able to offer some kind of live show in the Golden Horseshoe. Knott’s is all over the “live entertainment” thing now, and yet… Disneyland lets the place sit unused.

Chuck, garters were the perfect place to keep a well-honed shiv. Wasn’t William Shatner in a short-lived series called “The Barbary Coast”? I think it ran at around the same time as “The Night Stalker”. I’ve never known which box was “Walt’s box”, but would love to find out.

JG, I never got to see the original show at the GH. Count yourself lucky!

Nanook, is “stage left” the left side of the stage from the audience point of view? It’s hard to imagine Walt climbing down from one of the upper boxes - there doesn’t seem to be much to hold on to at a certain point. And yet I like to believe that the story is true.

Steve DeGaetano, he could while away the hours, conferring with the flowers, consulting with the rain!

Nanook said...


Stage directions go like this:

Stage Left
Stage Right
Audience Left
Audience Right

'Stage' indicates from the point of view of the actors on stage facing the auditorium.
'Audience' indicates from the point of view of audience members while seated/standing, facing the stage.

In other words, stage left = audience right, etc.