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The Wizard of Oz Overview:

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)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionCedric Gibbons, William A. HorningNominated
Best CinematographyHal RossonNominated
Best Music - ScoringHerbert StothartWon
Best Music - SongMusic by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by E. Y. HarburgWon
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated
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BlogHub Articles:

Book Review: “The Wizard of OZ FAQ: All That’s Left To Know About Life According To Oz”

By Stephen Reginald on Jan 19, 2019 From Classic Movie Man

Book Review: “The Wizard of OZ FAQ: All That’s Left To Know About Life According To Oz” Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about The Wizard of Oz, here’s a book to inform you how little you actually do know about the classic film. Released durin... Read full article


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

Win tickets to see ?The Wizard of Oz? on the big screen! In Select Cinemas Nationwide Sun Jan 27, Tues Jan 29, Wed Jan 30 ?Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.? CMH continues into our?4th year of our partnership with Fathom Events?- with the?1st?of our 14 movie ticket givea... Read full article


Silent Sunday – The Wizard of Oz (1925)

By Michael on Jan 7, 2018 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Since Sunday tends to be a day of quiet and reflection for many people, it seems an appropriate day to celebrate silent movies. But in keeping with the “day of rest” theme, I’m just going to post this without any commentary and just sit back and let you enjoy.... Read full article


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


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

By Annmarie Gatti on Aug 25, 2016 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

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 fun little anecdote told by Meredith Ponedel, niece of Dottie Ponedel who was Judy Garland&... Read full article


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Quotes from

The Wicked Witch of the West: All in good time, my little pretty, all in good time.


Dorothy: Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!


Auntie Em: Now you go feed those hogs before they worry themselves into anemia!


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Facts about

Although most of screenwriter Noel Langley's ideas were used in the finished film, and he is credited as being the principal screenwriter as well as the adaptor, there were some revisions to his material. Langley was incensed that they had been done, and walked out on the project several times, although he was always persuaded to return. He was bitterly resentful of the final screenplay, and is on record as saying that he hated the finished film when he finally saw it.
When MGM bought the rights to L. Frank Baum's novel, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," it also purchased the rights to the 1902 stage musical by Baum and Paul Tietjen, and the The Wizard of Oz, 'Larry Semon (I)''s failed silent comedy. From the latter it derived Dorothy's companions as farmhands she knew in Kansas, and the it-was-all-a-dream ending - an element of fantasy literature Baum decried in several essays but used in his "Laura Bancroft" titles for very young readers. From the former, it took only the snowstorm summoned by the Good Witch of the North to destroy the poppies, which in the play was a huge set piece that concluded Act I. (In the novel, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman carry Dorothy out and hoist the Lion onto a truck that is pulled on strings by hundreds of mice.) Lengthy debate occurred at MGM as to whether or not to include the songs from the play, but as the vaudeville-style show mostly included songs of no relevance to plot or characterization, they were replaced with new ones.
Curly Howard was Bert Lahr's inspiration for the role of the Lion.
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