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The Wizard of Oz [1939] (2 discs)

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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%
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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 => The Cowardly Lion / 'Zeke'
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 Wizard of Oz / The Carriage Driver /The Doorman / The Gatekeeper / Professor Marvel
Harry Earles => Lollipop Guild Member (uncredited)
Jack Haley => The Tin Man / 'Hickory'
Jerry Maren => Lollipop Guild Member (uncredited)
Judy Garland => Dorothy
Ken Darby => Munchkinland Mayor (voice) (uncredited)
Lorraine Bridges => Lullaby League (voice) (uncredited) / Ozmite
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 => The Scarecrow / 'Hunk'
Terry => Toto (as Toto)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • 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."
  • 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.
  • A small sign to the left of the door of Professor Marvel's wagon lists "Exhibition Balloonist" as one of his talents.
  • [?] 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Judy Garland's portrayal of Dorothy was the main inspiration for the character of Mary Ann on [Gilligan's Island].
  • 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.
  • Ray Bolger was originally cast as the Tin Man. However, he insisted that he would rather play the Scarecrow--his childhood idol [?] Fred Stone had originated that role on stage in 1902. Buddy Ebsen had been cast as the Scarecrow, and now switched roles with Bolger. Unbeknownst to him, however, the make-up for the Tin Man contained aluminum dust, which ended up coating Ebsen's lungs. He also had an allergic reaction to it. One day he was physically unable to breathe and had to be rushed to hospital. The part was immediately recast and MGM gave no public reason why Ebsen was being replaced. The actor considered this the biggest humiliation he ever endured and a personal affront. When Jack Haley took over the part of the Tin Man, he wasn't told why Ebsen had dropped out (and in the meantime, the Tin Man make-up was changed from aluminum dust to aluminum paste as one of its key components). However, his vocals remain whenever the song {We're off to see the Wizard} is played. Jack Haley's vocals were never used during the song, but were used for {If I Only Had a Heart} and {If I Only Had the Nerve}. Ebsen's vocals are also heard in the extended version of {If I were King of the Forest}, though the spoken segment has Jack Haley. Although no Ebsen footage from the film has ever been released, surviving still photos show him taking part in the Wicked Witch's castle sequence.