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The Wizard of Oz (1939)



The Wizard of Oz

(1939)

101 minutes

AFI Top 100 / Adventure / Animal / Animation / Classic / Family / Fantasy / Musical

Directed by Victor Fleming

Cast:

Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale
Frank Morgan as Professor Marvel, Doorman, Cabbie, Guard and The Wizard of Oz
Ray Bolger as Hunk alias Scarecrow
Jack Haley as Hickory alias Tin Man
Bert Lahr as Zeke alias Cowardly Lion
Billie Burke as Glinda the Good Witch of the North
Margaret Hamilton as Miss Almira Gulch alias The Wicked Witch of the West
Clara Blandick as Aunt Em
Charley Grapewin as Uncle Henry
Pat Walshe as Nikko, the Head Flying Monkey 
Terry[Note 1] as Toto
The Singer Midgets as the Munchkins
Jerry Maren as The Lollipop Kid Munchkin
Mitchell Lewis as the Winkie Guard Captain

Dorothy, a lonely and sad Kansas farm girl, dreams of a better place, free from torment against her dog Toto by a hateful neighbor spinster, Miss Gulch, so she plans to run away.  Dorothy soon encounters a traveling fortune teller named Professor Marvel.  As he tells the young girl her fortune she decides to return home, believing that her aunt has fallen ill.  She rushes home with a twister quickly approaching.   During a fierce tornado she seeks shelter inside the house, where she is struck on the head and transported to a land 'beyond the rainbow'.  Throughout her journey, she meets magical characters, a  Scarecrow), a Tin Man), and a Cowardly Lion, who each lament to her that they, respectively, lack a brain, a heart, and courage. The three decide to accompany Dorothy to the Emerald City in hopes that the Wizard can fulfill their desires, even though they demonstrate along the way that they already have the qualities they believe they lack.  As they travel down the Yellow Brick Road they encounter and defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, and Dorothy and her friends are rewarded by the Wizard of Oz with their hearts' desires - and Dorothy is enabled to return home to Kansas.

The 1939 film is a cherished favorite, from MGM during its golden years. For many seasons, it was featured regularly on network TV as a prime time event (its first two showings were on CBS television on November 3, 1956 and in December, 1959) and then annually for Thanksgiving, Christmas and/or Easter time. It soon became a classic and a rite of passage for many, and is likely to have been seen by more people than any other motion picture over multiple decades. Initially, however, the film was not commercially successful (at $3 million), but it was critically acclaimed.  All of the featured actors and actresses - Judy Garland, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Ray Bolger, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Charley Grapewin and Clara Blandick - had successful, long film careers both before and after the film, but this film is the one all of them have become best known for, and in some cases, the only film they are remembered for.

The Wizard of Oz is a movie which is much-loved by several generations, and is based on the first book in L. Frank Baum’s series of books about Oz.  Baum wrote fourteen books in his Oz series.  It is not common knowledge, but there was an even earlier movie based on one of his books.  That movie is The Patchwork Girl of Oz , based on the seventh book in the series.  The silent film produced in 1913 tells the story of a Munchkin boy, Ojo, who is looking for a way to release his Uncle Nunkie from a magical spell that turned him into a statue.  Together Ojo and Scraps, the little Patchwork Girl, travel through the magical Land of Oz to find the way to save his uncle.


The Wizard of Oz - Trailer

The Wizard of Oz - Trailer 2

The Wizard of Oz - Reissue Double Trailer




Directors: Victor Fleming
Actors: Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan
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Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick


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