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    The Wizard of Oz vintage original script. (MGM, 1939) Studio bound and bradded 102-page script in printed blue wrappers. Housed in a custom made archival box that fits into a Moroccan leather slipcase. With "Noel Langley, The Wizard of Oz, 1938" on the spine. Ultimately, the script of three credited writers (though another 15 writers contributed) would make up the final shooting script for this iconic film. Noel Langley, one of the three credited (along with Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Wolf) would deliver a 43-page treatment on April 5th, 1938, and on May 4th deliver this temporary complete draft, which constitutes his first fully-scripted version of the story. Langley would also be credited with adaptation from the L. Frank Baum book. Though the final script, which started shooting in Oct. 1938, would go through a good dozen revisions, Langley already had in place at this time many of the song cues (working with song writers Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg) for some of the most iconic moments that appear in the final film. This includes the classic moment when Dorothy enters "Munchkinland" (with the film changing from black-and-white to color) and utters the line "I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." (Page 23). However, at this point the costumers had not made their choice of ruby slippers and on page 27 we have a close-up of the silver shoes. In this draft, Langley points to some romantic relationship between Dorothy and the farmhand Hunk, and on page 6 refers to Ray Bolger as the actor playing the role. Many characters such as Lizzie, Walter and Sylvia are referred to. Most interesting is the opening title sequence, which starts with the original book opening, an illustration with title "Judy Garland as Dorothy" (she had been cast in Feb. 1938) and Garland heard singing under the title, the first bars of her "Kansas Song" (which became "Over the Rainbow"). A fascinating study in the early development of this classic. The library lending slip is set on the first page. The first 4 pages have a slight crease in the left center. One tiny chip to the front cover. Minor crease at bottom right corner cover and first 5 pages. Overall vintage very fine condition, likely the finest condition ever seen of any draft that has been on the market. It is also possibly the earliest full draft for the film that has ever been on the market. In vintage fine condition.

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    June, 2016
    29th Wednesday
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