Watch: The First Version of ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ever Put to Film

By  · Published on July 4th, 2012

Why Watch? In 1910, (possibly) Otis Turner directed a silent, black and white film (the only kind they had back then) that brought L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel to life for the first time in moving pictures. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz capitalized on the author’s popularity and launched a filmic fascination with the works which, of course, led to the benchmark 1939 version.

This is an artifact to be certain, but it features charming images and a fantastical spirit that can’t be tampered by the antique feel.

What will it cost? Only 14 minutes.

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