Frank Joslyn Baum

Frank Joslyn Baum (3 December 1883 – 2 December 1958) was a lawyer, soldier, writer, and film producer, though his attempts to continue the legacy of his father brought him lawsuit and estrangement from his family. Nonetheless, he became the first president of The International Wizard of Oz Club.

He is best known as the author of To Please a Child (a biography of his father, L. Frank Baum) (1962) and The Laughing Dragon of Oz (1936). He was also involved in the production of Wizard of Oz (1925), and The Wizard of Oz (1933), for which he also received writing credit, after which he sold the film rights to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to Samuel Goldwyn.

His attempt to trademark the Oz name distanced him from the rest of his family, and his biography has been suspect from before it was published, as most of his family would not let him confirm anything he didn't know, so he resorted to making things up and building a hero myth around his father.

Read more about Frank Joslyn Baum:  Early Life and Work, Dramatic Feature Films, Wizard of Oz, The Laughing Dragon Controversy, To Please A Child and Oz Club Presidency, Legacy

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