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Francis Boggs (March 1870 – 27 October 1911) was one of the first movie directors to bring L. Frank Baum's Oz tales to the cinema.

Boggs had already established a reputation as a talented film director when he came to work for the Selig Polyscope Company in 1907. For that firm, Boggs directed the filmed scenes from the first three Oz books that were shown in Baum's 1908 multi-media stage show Fairylogue and Radio-Plays.

Boggs did an abundant supply of other work for Selig. One of his first jobs with the firm was to take a film crew to California to capture exteriors for Selig's production of The Count of Monte Cristo (1907); Boggs was instrumental in the company's move from Chicago to Hollywood in 1909. Boggs's career was cut short when he was murdered in 1911: a gardener who worked in the studio's garden "went berserk," shot Boggs, and wounded William Selig in the arm before being overpowered by onlookers.

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