|Also known as||The Ray Bolger Show|
|Directed by|| John Rich |
|Starring|| Ray Bolger |
|Composer(s)|| Herbert W. Spencer |
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||58|
|Producer(s)|| Jerry Bresler |
|Running time||24–25 mins.|
|Original release||October 8, 1953 –|
April 22, 1955
Where's Raymond? is an American sitcom that aired on ABC, starring Ray Bolger. The series aired from October 1953 to April 22, 1955. The series' title was spurred by Bolger's Broadway stage hit Where's Charley? .
In the 1954–1955 season, the series was renamed The Ray Bolger Show.
Bolger stars as Raymond Wallace, a song-and-dance man who is consistently barely on time for his performances. Bolger's co-stars in both seasons were Richard Erdman as Pete Morrisey, Ray's landlord and press agent and Sylvia Lewis as Sylvia, Ray's dancing partner and the series choreographer. Allyn Joslyn appeared as Jonathan Wallace, Ray's brother. Betty Lynn played Jonathan's wife June, and Frances Karath played their daughter Ginny.
In the second season, Marjie Millar played Susan, Ray's girlfriend and an aspiring writer from Iowa, and Christine Nelson portrayed Katie Jones, Susan's friend.
The series was filmed by Desilu at General Service Studios in Hollywood.Where's Raymond? aired at 8:30 EST on Thursdays opposite Four Star Playhouse , an anthology series on CBS, Broadway to Hollywood on DuMont (first season) and Treasury Men in Action on NBC.
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