[Germany. ca, 1932]. Seventeen glossy black & white stills (8 x 10.75"), all but one (the title image) borderless. Some light dust smudging and identification stamps on blank versos, small blindstamp of the Berlin office of the Filmprüfstelle at edge of each still, otherwise very good to near fine. Item #WRCLIT79740
A representative lot of the publicity stills associated with the German language release of the 1932 film based on Baum's novel, adapted from William Drake's stage version, starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Jean Hersholt, et al. It won the Oscar for Best Picture of its year. The Filmprüfstelle (i.e. Film Review Board) was the German censorship authority from 1920 until the end of the war, and maintained offices in Berlin and München. The presence of their blindstamp on these stills suggests that both they and the film had passed muster, Accompanied by a worn 1933 postal calendar decorated with a scene from the film and title caption.