Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Twilight Zone, Shirley, Oz, and The Jungle Book

Disney California Adventure Tower of Terror attraction exterior photo

Yesterday's news of Shirley Temple Black's passing touched many, and my tribute to her caused my blog to be caught up in the manic search for information about the legendary actress and politician. Club33Wonderland asked to use one of my photos of the Shirley Temple doll located in the lobby of the Tower of Terror attraction at Disney California Adventure. I had forgotten about this detail, and decided to revisit my photos last night.

Disney California Adventure Tower of Terror Shirley Temple doll in lobby photo

The doll itself appears to be original, but the outfit, button, and even possibly the wig might be reproductions. The outfit represents one Shirley wore in the 1935 movie, "Our Little Girl." On the couch next to her is a book. From a distance, I knew it was an Oz book. Many have written that it is a first edition "Wizard of Oz" book. Not so.

Disney California Adventure Tower of Terror Shirley Temple doll in lobby photo

Zooming in, it is possible to see that this is "Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz," the fourth book in Frank Baum's Oz series.

Disney California Adventure Tower of Terror Shirley Temple doll and Oz book in lobby photo

Here is an image of what the cover looks like. Not a first edition; by the style of the cover, I would guess it is from the 1930s/1940s rather than 1908.

Disney California Adventure Tower of Terror Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz book in lobby photo

Here is what a first edition cover looks like:

Disney California Adventure Tower of Terror Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz book in lobby photo

Elsewhere at the Disneyland Resort, Shirley can be found inside the Carthay Circle Restaurant. This photo is from the Oscars, February 23, 1939, when Shirley gave Walt his Oscars for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

Disney California Adventure Carthay Circle photo

This photo of Shirley and Walt from the same evening hung inside Club 33. It will be interesting to see if it's still there after the remodel.

Disneyland Club 33 Walt Disney Shirley Temple photo

Over at Steakhouse 55 Restaurant inside the Disneyland Hotel, you can see this photo of Shirley and Walt, circa 1943.

Disneyland Hotel Steakhouse 55 photo

Meanwhile, here are a few more bonus clips to enjoy from yesterday's release of "The Jungle Book" for the first time on Blu-ray. First up is a slideshow of rare images:









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3 comments:

K. Martinez said...

I didn't realize that was a Shirley Temple doll at the "Tower of Terror" attraction. Nice detail.

So I take it that the Oz books published by HarperCollins under the Books of Wonder line are reproductions of the original books. I have that series and the cover is pretty close to the first edition cover you show here.

Anonymous said...

Whoa... attention to detail.

Dave, your photo analysis of the book cover... ...appears somehow you have "tilted" the image to put more in "true-size/true-shape". Is this a Photoshop wizard thing?

Anyway, very cool, thanks.

JG

Dave DeCaro said...

Hi Ken - Yes, the Books of Wonder are facsimile editions that are faithful to the first editions (with a few minor edits!).

JG: You are correct; I used Photoshop to straighten the book out.