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|
Win Tickets to see TCM Big Screen Classics: The Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary (Giveaway runs now through Jan 13)By Annmarie Gatti on Jan 8, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog
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The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 8, 2017 From The Stop Button
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Classic Movie Anecdote: The Wizard of Oz and “Over the Rainbow”By Annmarie Gatti on Aug 25, 2016 From Classic Movie Hub Blog
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Today, I'm taking a behind the scenes look at the tornado scene in The Wizard of Oz (1939). This article is part of the Nature's Fury Blogathon hosted by Cinematic Catharsis. While the Gulf Coast has its hurricanes and California has its earthquakes, tornadoes are the Midwest's example of nat... Read full article
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George Cukor not only changed Judy Garland's physical appearance in the film to the way it looks in the finished version, but also modified the Scarecrow's makeup. Later, when Victor Fleming had been assigned to direct, Jack Haley began filming his first scene as the Tin Man, the scene in which Dorothy and the Scarecrow first discover him. Buddy Ebsen, who had been playing the Tin Man, had to back out because of an allergic reaction to his makeup, and never filmed this scene; he had only filmed scenes that take place in the second half of the film, after the four travelers have been to the Wash and Brush Up Co. at the Emerald City. Haley had been filming his first scene for three days before anyone realized that he had no "rust" on his "tin" costume, even though in the story he was supposed to have been standing rusted for an entire year. The rust was immediately applied to it.
The paint used that was finally used on the bricks for the "Yellow Brick Road" was standard industrial yellow paint that was obtained from a hardware store several blocks away from the studio.
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