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    The Good Earth - Film Still of Paul Muni and Theatre Portrait of Nazimova. The Good Earth, Pearl Buck's powerful novel of the awesome trials and tribulations of a Chinese couple, made the transition to both stage and screen. This lot commemorates both versions. A 10" x 13" MGM still shows Paul Muni as Wang Lung and Charley Grapewin as Wang Lung's father in this spectacular film, the final picture produced by MGM's famed Irving Thalberg (who died before its release). Luise Rainer won her second Academy Award for her portrayal of "O-Lan" in The Good Earth. Also included is a stunning 11" x 14" theatre portrait, showing the legendary Alla Nazimova as "O-Lan" in the Theatre Guild's production of The Good Earth, which opened in New York October 17, 1932. (Claude Rains played Wang Lung in this stage production.) The back of the film still has a stamp by MGM, noting the photo is by Frank Tanner, as well as the original snipe mentioning Muni, Grapewin, Thalberg and director Sidney Franklin. The back of the theatre portrait has Nazimova's name and the play's title in pencil, as well as a stamp from the Vandamm Studio in New York. Both items in excellent condition.

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    April, 2006
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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