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This Week in Chicago Entertainment History: L. Frank Baum

In 1891 L. FRANK BAUM moved his family to Chicago from South Dakota.  He then became a reporter for the Chicago Evening Post before writing “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. The first film version was made in Chicago in 1910 by the Selig Polyscope Company aka William Selig (see our April post) and was directed by Otis Turner.  Below is the first known silent version that was made by SPC without the direct input of Baum. It was solely based on the 1902 stage musical rather than the original novel.   This just goes to show you what a small world it actually was and still is today.

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