remembers working with his longtime
friend, Fulton Burley
on Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room and in the Golden Horseshoe
by Scott Wolf
Boag is a fun person! That's the best way I can describe him. I just
love calling him at home and hearing him pick up the phone with an
upbeat, "Wally here!"
The first time Shani & I went to Wally's house and we rang the
doorbell, he came down the stairs calling, "Coming, mother!" We were
hoping that set the tone for what to expect the rest of the day. We were
Wally pulled out his ventriloquist dummy, the bagpipes he auditioned for
Walt Disney with, and of course some "Boagaloons."
It's my privilege to bring you my interviews with a man who
has brought me such my joy in my life... an absolute Disney Legend,
Scott Wolf: Can you tell me about Fulton Burley?
(Wally performed with Fulton in Disneyland's Golden
Wally Boag: We did very well onstage together. We liked to adlib now and
then and he was very good.
Fulton and I both were under contract to MGM in 1944. We had six month
contracts and we were in a few movies.
WB: Yeah, we were in one with Esther Williams (Thrill of a Romance).
We were Canadian First Lieutenants or something sitting across from the
opera singer (Lauritz Melchior). So we had a lot of fun, and we both
went our own ways but kept up for years. We played golf a lot.
to jump ahead, the fellow (Donald Novis) in the Golden Horseshoe show
had quit after seven or eight years and so I had played the night before
in another town and Fulton was the emcee. The next day I said, “Hey! Why
don’t you try out to come over and do a couple shows and take his
So he did, he came over and wasn’t sure he wanted to do it or anything,
and everyone liked him so from then on he took the place and played it
all the way thru to ’86.
Your letter on the wall from Walt Disney says how fresh and funny it
looked every time. Were you having as much as it looked like?
WB: Oh yeah, but I think we held each other together very well. The
other fella before him (Donald Novis) was a singer, a beautiful singer and everything
but he wasn’t as good a comic as Fulton.
The two of us wrote practically the whole Tiki Room.
SW: How did you get involved in that?
WB: I was only working about six or seven months when Walt called me up
and asked me to join WED (now Walt Disney Imagineering) and be a writer.
He was smart, I was writing in between shows.
You were writing the Tiki Room between Horseshoe shows?
WB: Yeah, Fulton was next door, so Fulton helped me with it. We worked
it out. I was Jose… (he does a little of Jose’s voice for me.) Fulton
did such a good job with Michael. The show’s still there and it’s in
really good shape now. They’ve redone it and it’s really beautiful.
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