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”

Did Ray Perform a Fire Dance at the Opening of the Los Angeles Coliseum?

One of the more unusual credits hawked by Ray that always seemed odd - and implausible - to me was included in photographer and filmmaker Avery Willard’s 1971 book, Female Impersonation.  According to Willard, Ray, billed as “Ramon Icarez”, performed a fire dance at the opening of the Los Angeles Coliseum. The four-age bio in … Continue reading Did Ray Perform a Fire Dance at the Opening of the Los Angeles Coliseum?

100th Anniversary of Ray’s First Film Appearances

The year 1919 marked the first year that Ray appeared in movies.  During his trial testimony and from other sources, Ray mentioned specific titles he appeared in at Paramount. Ray said he was signed at Paramount after entering a Photoplay contest and while we haven't found evidence of Ray's contest entry and hiring at the … Continue reading 100th Anniversary of Ray’s First Film Appearances