The Wizard of Oz (1939) was a Adventure - Family Film directed by King Vidor and Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Mervyn LeRoy and Arthur Freed.
The film was based on the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and also Musical written by L. Frank Baum published in 1900 (novel); Jan 20, 1903 - Oct 3, 1903 (play performed at Majestic Theatre, NY).
The Wizard of Oz was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.
Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Art Direction||Cedric Gibbons, William A. Horning||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Hal Rosson||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Herbert Stothart||Won|
|Best Music - Song||Music by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by E. Y. Harburg||Won|
Silver Screen Standards: The Wizard of Oz (1939)By Jennifer Garlen on Jul 8, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog
For the very first post of a column called ?Silver Screen Standards,? I can?t think of a better choice than The Wizard of Oz (1939), a film that continues to delight and amaze viewers of all ages eighty years after its original release. People often ask me to name my favorite movie, a request I find... Read full article
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The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 8, 2017 From The Stop Button
By the time the door opens and Dorothy (Judy Garland) finds herself over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz has already completed one full narrative arc and is starting another. The film opens with Garland in a crisis?she?s a teenage girl on a farm where no one has time for her (it?s a busy farm, after a... Read full article
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Tin Woodsman: Mm, we might.
Scarecrow: Animals that eat... s-traw?
Tin Woodsman: Some, but mostly lions, and tigers, and bears.
Scarecrow: And tigers?
Tin Woodsman: And bears.
Dorothy: What would you do with a brain if you had one?
The Wicked Witch of the West: All in good time, my little pretty, all in good time.
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Frank Morgan posed for a test for The Wizard, made up to look as the Wizard looked in the book; this makeup was discarded and the final look was only reached after at least five more tries. The Wicked Witch has two eyes in the movie and only one eye in the book. In fact, Dorothy and her friends are the only characters who look like the ones in the book, because of changes having to do with the Hays Office.
The film began its legendary run on network television on 3 November 1956, as an the series finale of the CBS anthology series Ford Star Jubilee. The broadcast was a smash, but the film was not shown on TV again until 1959. In a programming stroke of genius, it was decided to air it at an earlier hour (6:00 P.M., E.S.T.) as a Christmas season special - independent of any anthology packaging. This broadcast attracted an even wider audience, because children were able to watch, and from this moment on the film began airing annually on television. It was aired first on CBS (primarily in late winter), then on NBC (usually in mid-Spring, often on Easter Sunday), and then again on CBS, where it finished its network run of nearly 40 years in 1998, after which it was officially integrated into the Turner vault of motion pictures. (It now airs only on Turner-owned networks: WB, TNT, and most prominently Turner Classic Movies.)
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