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9h200 BLUE BIRD 8.25x10 still 1940 Gale Sondergaard stares at Shirley Temple holding dolls!

Date Sold 9/16/2018
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An Original Vintage Theatrical 8 1/4" x 10" [21 x 25 cm] Movie Still (Learn More)

Maurice Maeterlinck's The Blue Bird, the 1940 Walter Lang fantasy melodrama (based on the play by Maurice Maeterlinck) starring Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard, Eddie Collins, Sterling Holloway, Scotty Beckett, Sybil Jason, Laura Hope Crews, and Johnny Russell. Note that this was 20th Century-Fox's "answer" to MGM's huge success with "The Wizard of Oz"! Shirley Temple had been considered for Dorothy, and Gail Sondergaard was the original choice for the Wicked Witch (she quit days before filming, because the Wicked Witch was made ugly instead of beautiful!). However, this movie was not very successful at the box office, even with Miss Temple in the lead role, and she had been 20th Century-Fox's number one star through the mid to late 1930s. Note that Sybil Jason was born in South Africa, but was a singing and dancing child prodigy in England from the age of 2. When she was 6, Jack Warner saw her perform, and signed her to a contract hoping she could be a child star for Warner Bros. to equal Shirley Temple at 20th Century-Fox. However, after a few movies, including starring opposite Al Jolson in "The Singing Kid", she did not deliver the hoped for results, and Warner Bros. did not renew her contract in 1938. Daryl Zanuck signed her at 20th Century-Fox, putting her with Shirley Temple in "The Little Princess". She was supposed to have a major role in this movie, opposite Shirley Temple, but most of her scenes were cut from the movie (perhaps because it was feared she would "upstage" Shirley Temple, who was "getting old"!), and she "retired". In 1947, at the age of 18, she married a Navy man, and they had a child and were married for 58 years until his passing in 2006, and she passed away in 2011 at the age of 83!
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Important Added Info: Note that this still measures 8 1/4" x 10" [21 x 25 cm].

Condition: very good.
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