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Script from the scarecrow's receipt of a "Dr. of Thinkology" degree from The Wizard of Oz
 

Scarecrow from "The Wizard of Oz"
1938

"If I only had a brain"
This is the straw-stuffed costume worn by actor Ray Bolger in MGM's 1938 film version of "The Wizard of Oz." Not shown is the most troublesome part of Bolger's scarecrow outfit--a light face mask of rubber designed to simulate burlap. The mask didn't last for more than a day, and Bolger went through more than 40 masks during the shooting of the movie.

Notes
Raymond Wallace Bolger, born January 10, 1904; died January 16, 1987
Designed by Gilbert Adrian, MGM Studio's leading designer of the 1930s, who also created Dorothy's ruby slippers
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Learn more!
· Script excerpt from "The Wizard of Oz," written by Noel Langley
· "Red, Hot & Blue: The Smithsonian Celebrates American Musicals" by Donald Dale Jackson, "Smithsonian" magazine, November, 1996

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