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:

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


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


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Quotes from

Dorothy: What would you do with a brain if you had one?


Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?
Dorothy: I'm not a witch at all. I'm Dorothy Gale from Kansas.
Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: Oh. Well, is that the witch?
Dorothy: Who, Toto? Toto's my dog!


Cowardly Lion: Come on, get up and fight, ya shivering junkyard! Put your hands up, ya lopsided bag o' hay!


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Facts about

The Wizard was originally supposed to have a song routine where he hands out the awards to the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Tin Woodman. This was scrapped because E.Y. Harburg, the lyricist, felt the scene would work better as a non-musical one, so he translated the lyrics into prose form.
Some see L. Frank Baum's story containing political and social satire. The little girl from the Midwest (typical American) meets up with a brainless scarecrow (farmers), a tin man with no heart (industry), a cowardly lion (politicians, in particular William Jennings Bryan) and a flashy but ultimately powerless wizard (technology). Although the little people keep telling her to follow the yellow brick road (gold standard), in the end it's her silver (in the original story) slippers (silver standard) that help her get back to the good old days.
The steam shooting from the Tin Man's cap startles Toto, who runs out of the shot.
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