Watch Ray Bourbon in “Hip Zip Hooray”

Despite years of searching, I’ve only found one sound film where we get to see Ray Bourbon performing.  In his silent films and in Gold Diggers of 1937, we only see Ray in a small, non-speaking bit roles. Several years ago, someone saw my website about Ray and, seeing I was looking for films where … Continue reading Watch Ray Bourbon in “Hip Zip Hooray”

Pansy Craze Artist Gene Malin on Film

While researching some background on the early 1930s Pansy Craze as part of my research on Ray Bourbon, I stumbled on an obscure film appearance by one of Ray's contemporaries, Gene (aka Jean) Malin. Malin performed as openly gay starting around 1930 and donned drag, impersonating popular personalities like Theda Bara, in his act.  He … Continue reading Pansy Craze Artist Gene Malin on Film

Ray Bourbon Models Spring 1931 Fashions at Bakersfield Department Store

I have to give credit to Kliph Nesteroff in his 2012 post on Ray Bourbon, "Murder in Mink", at the WFMU blog, for this odd little highlight. Imagine that you're a housewife in Bakersfield, California in 1931 and, in your local paper, find a full page ad for the unveiling of the latest spring fashions … Continue reading Ray Bourbon Models Spring 1931 Fashions at Bakersfield Department Store