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Classic Movie Anecdote: The Wizard of Oz and “Over the Rainbow”

Celebrating the Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz on August 25, 1939 with a Classic Movie Anecdote! The Wizard of Oz was released nationally in the US on this day in 1939. That said, I just wanted to share this … Continue reading

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Musicals 101 (Part Two): Integrated vs. Backstage Musicals

  Movie Musicals 101: Integrated vs. Back Stage Musical, a formal difference.  Just like the other “big kid” genres, the movie musical can be divided into separate sub-genres based on their structural differences. The two main sub-genres of the musical … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Who is Meinhardt Raabe?

Munchkin Coroner, Meinhardt Raabe… Meinhardt Raabe was born September 2, in 1915, and is best known as the coroner who certifies the Wicked Witch of the East’s death in The Wizard of Oz — which was, incidentally, his only feature film appearance. … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Victor Fleming at Work

Born February 23, 1889 Legendary Director Victor Fleming! Although this post is labeled ‘Mini’ there is certainly nothing ‘mini’ about the respect due to Legendary Director, Victor Fleming!  This post is simply labeled ‘mini’ because I am paying a pictorial … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Ray Bolger

Born January 10, 1904 Song-and-Dance Man Ray Bolger! Ray Bolger started out as a vaudeville dancer in the 1920s, moving on to starring Broadway roles in the 1930s, then signing a film contract with MGM in 1936. Although Bolger appeared … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Character Actress Margaret Hamilton

Born December 9, 1902 Character Actress, Margaret Hamilton! Character Actress, Margaret Hamilton appeared in over 115 film/TV roles — and is most famously known for her iconic role as The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz!  … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Billie Burke

  Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Billie Burke, born on August 7th in 1884! Birthday girl Billie Burke has an especially coveted role, not only in film history, but in global pop culture, as well. The actress herself may … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Judy Garland

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Judy Garland, born June 10 in 1922! The one, the only Judy Garland (as ‘child’ actress) with Mickey Rooney. “I sing, you know.” -Judy Garland as Betsy Booth in Love Finds Andy Hardy. (UNDERSTATEMENT!) Garland … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Countdown: Best Picture # 3 — Gone with the Wind (1939)

3. Gone with the Wind (1939) Other Nominated Films: Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights One movie won 10 Academy Awards, holding … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Countdown: Best Picture #’s 38 and 37 — The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

38. The Great Ziegfeld (1936) Other Nominated Films: Anthony Adverse, Dodsworth, Libeled Lady, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco, The Story of Louis Pasteur, A Tale of Two Cities, Three Smart Girls Florenz Ziegfeld was one of the … Continue reading

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