The best way to re-live — or experience anew — the skill, passion and in-the-moment charm of Ruth Prins is to see and hear her “Wunda Wunda” shows once again.
Thanks to the generosity and vision of Ruth’s daughter Debra Prins, who has made some two-dozen kinescopes available for transfer to digital, and archivist extraordinaire Joe Wren, who has begun making the transfers, we all can do just that.
The results are below and here for your perusal. Be sure to check back, as additional transfers will be posted later this winter and into the spring.
The labeling of the kinescopes is haphazard. Few of them have dates. But from Ruth’s costumes and evolving sets, we can make educated guesses to a range of years.
So here they are. Click any image to be linked to its corresponding “Wunda Wunda” episode(s) or excerpt. Enjoy!
Three other episodes of “Wunda Wunda” have been posted online over the years and we present them below. Two are from 1966, posted as one video by Paul Hansen, son of the 1964-1972 Music Man Edward Hansen, and one is from the 1950s posted by University of Georgia Walter J. Brown Media Libraries: