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The Wizard of Oz (1939)

aka The Wizard of Oz

"We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!"

Details: 103 mins · English · G (USA)

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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!

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A classic!

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complete bastardization of the book

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Cast:

Small Dorothy Gale
Small Prof. Marvel
Small Hunk
Small Zeke
No_movie_poster Hickory
Small Glinda, the Good Witch of the North
Small Miss Gulch
Small Uncle Henry
No_movie_poster Auntie Em
No_movie_poster Mayor of Munchkin City
No_movie_poster Coroner
Small Professor Marvel
Small Wicked Witch of the East
Small Elmira Gulch
Small Hickory
Small Munchkin Father
No_movie_poster Juliet
Small Cowardly Lion
No_movie_poster Tin Man
Small Scarecrow
Small The Wizard

Crew:

No_movie_poster Edgar Allan Woolf Screenplay
No_movie_poster Leonard Murphy Casting
No_movie_poster Victor Fleming Director
Small L. Frank Baum Author
No_movie_poster Noel Langley Screenplay
No_movie_poster Florence Ryerson Screenplay
Small Mervyn LeRoy Producer
No_movie_poster Arthur Freed Producer
No_movie_poster Harold Arlen Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Harold Rosson Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Blanche Sewell Editor
No_movie_poster Malcolm Brown Production Design
No_movie_poster William A. Horning Production Design
No_movie_poster Jack Martin Smith Production Design
No_movie_poster Cedric Gibbons Art Direction
No_movie_poster Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Adrian Costume Design
Small George Cukor Director
No_movie_poster King Vidor Director
Small Mervyn LeRoy Director
No_movie_poster Irving Brecher Writer
Small L. Frank Baum Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Noel Langley Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Blanche Sewell Editing

Taglines:

"We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!"

"Gaiety! Glory! Glamour!"

Plot:

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.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1939-08-25 : United States of America

DVD : 1999-10-19