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The Wizard of Oz Vintage Cast Photos (1939)

The Wizard of Oz Vintage Cast Photos (1939)

Movies
To this day I still can't get enough of the immortal 1939 feature film version of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz -- as opposed to the much scarier early 1900s stage version. So I was delighted when I stumbled across digital copies of these publicity stills from the production, taken in January and February 1939 and featuring all four of the main characters. These four shots are credited to still photographers Clarence Sinclair Bull and George Hommel. Enjoy! (Click any photo for a larger version.)
Trailer Trash — Oz: The Great and Powerful Looks Ridiculously Awesome

Trailer Trash — Oz: The Great and Powerful Looks Ridiculously Awesome

Movies
I never believed that we needed to have another Wizard of Oz film adaptation. The Judy Garland film is still one of the best movies ever made, and there certainly is no shortage of books to explore L. Frank Baum's wonderful world even further. But after seeing the first trailer for Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful, I'm ready to rock. I really hope I'm not wrong on this, but I think this is going to be completely awesome. I'm so glad Sam Raimi is directing this, and I'm totally intrigued with James Franco as Oz/Oscar Diggs. While Robert Downey, Jr. would have done an excellent job, Franco conveys that sense of wry detachment that I think the character needs. Then there's the triple casting win of Mila Kunis, Rachel Weiz, and Michelle Williams as the three witches of Oz. ...
Disturbing Ephemera: Wizard of Oz Cast Photo, Circa Early 1900s

Disturbing Ephemera: Wizard of Oz Cast Photo, Circa Early 1900s

Ephemera
OK, so maybe it's not all that creepy. But it's odd enough to make you do a double-take I think. Here's a publicity photo of some of the cast from The Wizard of Oz. No, not the Judy Garland movie we all love so much, but a stage production from the early 1900s put on by a group called Jack Singer's Passing Review. The photographer was listed as a Porter of Connellsville, PA on the auction page. Actually now that I think about it, the truly bizarre aspect of this picture is not the Scarecrow or the Tin Woodman, but Dorothy. She looks to be, what, about 35 here?