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Wizard of Oz – 80 years later – Boston Connection

Did you know that the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz grew up in Dorchester? Of course, you did! Bolger was from Codman Square and graduated from Dorchester High School in 1920 before taking on the legendary and iconic role.

Starting off his career in vaudeville, Bolger was known for his dancing and was casted in the Wizard of Oz over 80 years ago and the rest is Hollywood history.  In celebration of the 80th Anniversary, you can see the classic film at 700 locations nationwide on January 27, 29 and 30. It’s playing at Fenway, Assembly Row and Framingham. You can enter your zip code here to find a theater! 

Did you also know there’s a mural of The Scarecrow on the wall at the corner of Dot Ave and St. Mark’s Road? The mural was painted a few years ago by the Mayor’s Mural Crew – a group of young local artists who work with professional painters to design and paint really cool public art around the city!

Bolger passed way at the age of 83 in 1987.  

Some more Wizard of Oz trivia
Jack Haley who played The Tin Man was also from Boston. Jerry Maren who played a member of the lollipop guild is from Roxbury. Maren passed away last year and was the oldest surviving Munchkin and was also the last surviving cast member with a speaking or singing role in the Wizard of Oz.

So there you go!

Image of mural via twitter.  Main image via MGM

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and Caught in Dot and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.