The Films of 1910 at the Academy: 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'

Bebe Daniels, Robert Z. Leonard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Future Academy Award-nominated MGM director Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld, Pride and Prejudice) as the Scarecrow, future star Bebe Daniels (The Maltese Falcon, 42n Street) as Dorothy in Otis Turner's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a program of shorts in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1910” on Monday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

Presented on a 1909 hand-cranked Power's Model 6 Cameragraph motion picture machine, those old rarities will be screened with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla. This is the eighth consecutive year the Academy has presented an event of films from 100 years earlier.

“A Century Ago: The Films of 1910” will include an early D.W. Griffith Civil War film, The House with Closed Shutters, featuring The Birth of a Nation's Henry B. Walthall; Vitagraph's Jack Fat and Jim Slim at Coney Island, with John Bunny, a precursor to Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and other silent film comedians; and The Actor's Children, New Rochelle-based Thanhouser Company's first production.

Also, Essanay's Aviation at Los Angeles, Calif.; the Selig Company's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with 1920s star Bebe Daniels (also of 42n Street) as Dorothy and future MGM director Robert Z. Leonard as the Scarecrow; and many others.

Most prints are 35mm and come from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress, George Eastman House, the Museum of Modern Art and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Advance tickets for “A Century Ago: The Films of 1910” are sold out. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned starting at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins. Ticketholders should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit

Photo: Courtesy of AMPAS

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