The Wizard of Oz (1939)


“I don’t know. But, some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t they? ” – Scarecrow

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (tv and cable in the 80’s and 90’s, 30 Apr 2012 and 8 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young girl gets stuck in a tornado and ends up in a strange land where she must find her way back home.

My Take on it – This is a timeless classic that has been a favorite of most people and is one of the reasons that it is aired so often on TV over the past 60 years if not more.

The story is wonderfully woven and allows us to learn so much about things that happen in our world and in the World of Oz.

The characters are quite iconic and each of them is allegorical in both name and actions.

The idea to choose to have the scenes in Kansas in Black and White and the scenes in Oz in color was a wise one because it adds to the wonderment and awe of the land of Oz itself.

The dialogue of this movie is great to listen to because it is so witty and spot on the entire time.

This film is layered so that it is good for kids and adults alike eventhough each side with garner something different from it.

The message of this film is timeless and will probably continue to be loved for many generations to come.

Bottom Line – Who doesn’t love this film? Its story is so wonderful and its characters are all so iconic. The story is woven quite well that allows us to learn so much about our world and the world of Oz. The idea to have the film partially in black and white and partially in color works so well to help add wonderment to the scenes taking place in Oz itself. The dialogue is quite witty the whole way through and the message of the film is one that is timeless. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When the wardrobe department was looking for a coat for Frank Morgan (Prof. Marvel / The Wizard), it decided it wanted one that looked like it had once been elegant but had since “gone to seed.” They visited a second-hand store and purchased an entire rack of coats, from which Morgan, the head of the wardrobe department and director Victor Fleming chose one they felt gave off the perfect appearance of “shabby gentility.” One day, while he was on set in the coat, Morgan idly turned out one of the pockets and discovered a label indicating that the coat had been made for L. Frank Baum. Mary Mayer, a unit publicist for the film, contacted the tailor and Baum’s widow, who both verified that the coat had at one time been owned by the author of the original “Wizard of Oz” books. After the filming was completed, the coat was presented to Mrs. Baum.(From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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7 thoughts on “The Wizard of Oz (1939)

  1. Great trivia story. I’ve heard a ton about this movie (original casting, accidents on set, stuff about the “munchkins” behavior – but never that one.

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