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The Wizard of Oz [1939] (2 discs)

Director:George Cukor
King Vidor
Mervyn LeRoy
Victor Fleming
Writer:Edgar Allan Woolf
Florence Ryerson
Noel Langley
Composer:Harold Arlen
Songs:E.Y. Harburg
Length:101 minutes
(1 hour 41 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Dorothy ain't in Kansas anymore, and there's only one person who can send her home. But maybe it's not the one they think.

Reaction: Classic. It gets a bit overly sweet at times, but still, it's a good one.

Personal Rating: 8/10

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George Cukor => Director
King Vidor => Director
Mervyn LeRoy => Director
Victor Fleming => Director
Edgar Allan Woolf => Writer
Florence Ryerson => Writer
Noel Langley => Writer
Harold Arlen => Composer
E.Y. Harburg => Songs
L. Frank Baum => Book
Adriana Caselotti => Juliet (voice) (uncredited)
Bert Lahr => 'Zeke' / The Cowardly Lion
Billie Burke => Glinda
Billy Bletcher => Lollipop Guild (voice) (uncredited) / Mayor
Charles Becker => Munchkin Mayor (uncredited)
Charley Grapewin => Uncle Henry
Clara Blandick => Auntie Em
Frank Morgan => The Carriage Driver /The Doorman / The Wizard of Oz / Professor Marvel / The Gatekeeper
Harry Earles => Lollipop Guild Member (uncredited)
Jack Haley => 'Hickory' / The Tin Man
Jerry Maren => Lollipop Guild Member (uncredited)
Judy Garland => Dorothy
Ken Darby => Munchkinland Mayor (voice) (uncredited)
Lorraine Bridges => Ozmite / Lullaby League (voice) (uncredited)
Margaret Hamilton => Miss Gulch / The Wicked Witch of the West
Meinhardt Raabe => Coroner of Munchkinland
Nita Krebs => Lullaby League Member (uncredited)
Paul Dale => Munchkin in the Lollipop Guild (uncredited)
Ray Bolger => 'Hunk' / The Scarecrow
Terry => Toto (as Toto)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Judy Garland's portrayal of Dorothy was the main inspiration for the character of Mary Ann on [Gilligan's Island].
  • Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Coroner of Munchkinland, was, at one time, the shortest licensed pilot in the U.S. During WWII, he volunteered for military service and was turned down. He was accepted as a volunteer instructor in the Civil Air Patrol.
  • The steam shooting from the Tin Man's cap startles Toto, who runs out of the shot.
  • MGM paid $75,000 for the film rights to L. Frank Baum's book, a towering sum at the time.
  • [?] Rick Polito of the [Marin Independent Journal] printed in Northern California is locally famous for his droll, single-sentence summations of television programs and movies which the newspaper reports will be broadcast. For the Wizard of Oz, he wrote, "Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again."
  • A small sign to the left of the door of Professor Marvel's wagon lists "Exhibition Balloonist" as one of his talents.
  • The movie's line "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!" was voted as the #99 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" was #4. "There's no place like home." was #23.
  • The much quoted line "Fly my pretties, fly" doesn't actually appear in the movie. The Wicked Witch of the West actually says, "Fly, Fly, Fly."
  • Bert Lahr's costume weighed 90 pounds.
  • The House of Winston made a pair of real ruby slippers to celebrate the film's 50th anniversary in 1989. These are valued at $3 million.