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Props from The Lottery

If you were lucky enough to visit the Disney-MGM Studios in its infancy, you may recall a film starring Bette Midler that was shown in the park called "The Lottery".  The 1989 film directed by Gary Marshall, depicts a singing instructor who suddenly wins the lottery but quickly loses the ticket and subsequently chases the ticket all over New York City.  It was shown on the Backlot Tour to explain how stunt work, body doubles and movie sets were used to produce the film.

The Lottery is long-gone from the park, but references to it remain.  Last year, I mentioned that part of the balcony from the film is in Sounds Dangerous but there's even more props from this film laying around the park.

On the Backlot Tour, after you watch the water tank show, you walk through a prop warehouse before boarding the trams and in this warehouse are a number of props still sitting around from that film.

Near the tram loading area is this giant subway car facade.  This is the subway car we see in the film when Bette's character jumps onto the subwy car tracks in a futile effort to grab the lottery ticket.

This photo shows actually two different props from The Lottery.  First is the apartment wall that we briefly see from inside Bette's voice lesson studio (the window says "Voice Lessons".

Above the apartment wall is a golden pigeon, which is from the conclusion of the film where Bette buys the golden pigeon after a pigeon she curses earlier returns with her winning lottery ticket.

In case you missed it or forgot about The Lottery, here is a pretty good copy of the film to check out.

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