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I really enjoy the classic movies, and this is a good example. I think I've seen this movie at least 5 times, and I never grow tired of it. Truly a classic worth watching!
|Judy Garland||Dorothy Gale|
|Frank Morgan||Prof. Marvel|
|Jack Haley Sr.||Hickory|
|Billie Burke||Glinda, the Good Witch of the North|
|Margaret Hamilton||Miss Gulch|
|Charley Grapewin||Uncle Henry|
|Clara Blandick||Auntie Em|
|Charles Becker||Mayor of Munchkin City|
|Frank Morgan||Professor Marvel|
|Margaret Hamilton||Wicked Witch of the East|
|Margaret Hamilton||Elmira Gulch|
|Billy Curtis||Munchkin Father|
|Bert Lahr||Cowardly Lion|
|Jack Haley||Tin Man|
|Frank Morgan||The Wizard|
|Edgar Allan Woolf||Screenplay|
|L. Frank Baum||Author|
|Harold Arlen||Original Music Composer|
|Harold Rosson||Director of Photography|
|Malcolm Brown||Production Design|
|William A. Horning||Production Design|
|Jack Martin Smith||Production Design|
|Cedric Gibbons||Art Direction|
|Edwin B. Willis||Set Decoration|
|L. Frank Baum||Story Contributor|
|Noel Langley||Story Contributor|
"We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!"
"Gaiety! Glory! Glamour!"
In 1939, Kansas farmgirl Dorothy Gale lives with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry and farmhands Hunk, Zeke and Hickory, but gets little attention and is told to stay out of the way. Land owner Miss Gulch arrives at the farm demanding that Dorothy's pet dog Toto be destroyed after he bit her. Fearing for Toto's life, Dorothy decides to run away from home. On the road, she meets Professor Marvel, a travelling showman who pretends to foresee Aunt Em falling deathly ill. Dorothy rushes home as a tornado forms nearby. Dorothy's family take shelter in the storm cellar, but, unable to get inside, Dorothy and Toto run into the house. Dorothy is knocked unconscious by debris, and wakes up to find that the house got swept up in the tornado and carried into the sky.
After the house lands, Dorothy finds herself in the colourful Land of Oz, meeting Glinda the Good and the Munchkins, who were terrorised by the Wicked Witch of the East until Dorothy's house crushed her. Her sister, the Wicked Witch of the West, appears looking for her sisters' Ruby Slippers, only for Glinda to enchant them onto Dorothy's feet. After the Witch leaves vowing to get the shoes, Glinda suggests to Dorothy she go to the Emerald City and ask the Wizard of Oz to get back home. Dorothy and Toto follow the yellow brick road, meeting three companions on the way - the Scarecrow, Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion who seek a brain, a heart, and courage respectively and accompany Dorothy. They reach the Emerald City but learn the Wizard sees no visitors, but are eventually let in. The Wizard appears as a giant head made from smoke and fire, demanding that they kill the Wicked Witch and bring her broomstick to him in return for granting their wishes.
The group venture out into the haunted forest to get to the witches' castle and kill the witch, but she sends her flying monkeys to capture Dorothy and Toto. At her castle, the Wicked Witch decides to kill Dorothy to get the slippers. Toto escapes and brings the Scarecrow, Tinman and the Lion to save Dorothy. They are surrounded by the Wicked Witch's forces. She sets the Scarecrow on fire, but Dorothy puts him out with a bucket of water, splashing the witch and causing her to melt and die, leaving her broomstick, and the Winkies are happy to be free of Witch's cruelty. Dorothy and her friends return to the Emerald City but the Wizard puts off his end of the bargain. Toto pulls aside a curtain, revealing the Wizard to be a harmless elderly illusionist. However, he gives the Scarecrow a diploma, the Tinman a clockwork heart and gives the Lion a medal, proving that they had what they wanted all along. When it comes to Dorothy, the Wizard reveals he is also from Kansas himself and offers to take Dorothy home in his hot air balloon.
The Wizard and Dorothy prepare to depart, but Toto chases a cat, causing Dorothy to follow him. However, the Wizard's balloon takes off, leaving Dorothy and Toto in Oz. Glinda arrives and reveals to Dorothy the Ruby Slippers can grant her the power to return home. After having an emotional farewell with her friends, Dorothy follows Glinda's instructions, clicking her heels three times and repeating "There's no place like home." Dorothy awakens back in Kansas after being knocked out, with her family and Professor Marvel and Hunk, Zeke, and Hickory at her bedside, learning Oz may have been a dream, but it taught her to value her home and her family.
Theatrical : 1939-08-25 : United States of America
DVD : 1999-10-19