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    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Warner Brothers, 1935). Insert (14" X 36"). Max Reinhardt staged A Midsummer Night's Dream thirteen times between 1905 and 1934, introducing a revolving set. After he fled Germany, he devised a more spectacular outdoor version at the Hollywood Bowl in September 1934. The shell was removed and replaced by a "forest" planted in tons of dirt hauled in especially for the event, and a trestle was constructed from the hills to the stage. The cast included John Davis Lodge, William Farnum, Sterling Holloway, 18-year-old Olivia de Havilland and Mickey Rooney , with Erich Wolfgang Korngold's orchestrations of Mendelssohn. On the strength of this production, Warner Brothers signed Reinhardt to direct a filmed version, Hollywood's first Shakespeare event since Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford's Taming of the Shrew (1929). Rooney and de Havilland recreated their original roles with James Cagney and many of Warner's stable of stars added. Notice how far down de Havilland is on the cast list as she was yet to have made notice with her next role in Captain Blood! The film won two Academy Awards and was nominated for two more including Best Picture. The posters for this film are exceedingly rare and this beautiful insert is a tremendous improvement over the one sheet, which is only a stylized graphic. The poster is rolled and has small tears in the border, several of which extend into the image. There is wear to the border and some minor staining within the credits. If you miss out on this rarity, good luck in ever seeing this again! Rolled, Very Good/Fine.

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    July, 2007
    20th-21st Friday-Saturday
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