WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939) Judy Garland and the Munchkins


The Wizard of Oz is the most recognized film of all time. Its status is legendary and any original ephemera of 1939 is a collectors’ and archivists’ gold. From L. Frank Baum’s popular children’s classic, the film referring to the book opens with the title “For nearly forty years this story has given faithful service to the Young in Heart; and Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion.” For 80 plus years since, the movie has become beloved by new generations who still find this message true. The brilliant cast members each became film legends for the characters they portrayed. Celebrating a new year, we present a fine array of original 1939 production stills for your consideration.

Wizard of Oz, The (1939) [Hollywood]: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939. Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver nitrate photo print, USA. Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, dir: Victor Fleming; MGM.

Judy Garland as Dorothy is welcomed in musical recitative to Munchkinland by the Munchkins when her Kansas house lands on the Wicked Witch of the East, rendering her dead. With its original typed paper blurb lightly attached on the verso in near mint condition. Still is coded “1060-12”.  This image, used for a 1939 lobby card, is the only still photo of this scene, FINE.

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