The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

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Trivia

Pictured on one of four 25¢ US commemorative postage stamps issued 23 March 1990 honoring classic films released in 1939. The stamps featured Stagecoach (1939), Beau Geste (1939), The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Gone with the Wind (1939).


Quotes

Dorothy: She isn't coming yet, Toto. Did she hurt you? She tried to, didn't she? Come on. We'll go tell Uncle Henry and Auntie Em.


Goofs

After Dorothy is given the lollipop from the Lollipop Guild and taken over to Glinda before the witch appears, she stands in front of Glinda, the Munchkins scream before the smoke appears. At one point when the Wicked Witch of the West starts talking to Dorothy you see Dorothy holding the flowers and lollipop, shortly afterwards you don't see flowers or lollipop, then you see the flowers but no lollipop. You also see Dorothy's hair change from long and semi-straight to short and curly on the end.


Crazy Credits

Toto is listed in the end credits as being played by Toto, when he was actually played by a dog named Terry.


Alternate Versions

On 17 June 1955, M-G-M released nationwide a so-called "Wide Screen" 1.85:1 aspect version of the film. It should be noted that this version is not "true widescreen" and really only covered up the top and bottom of the screen with black bars, thus ruining the 1.37:1 Academy aspect ratio in which the film was originally intended to be shown, and in which it was shown until the 1955 re-release. The widescreen ratio was again used for the 1998 theatrical re-release, although it was not specifically advertised as such. Fortunately, this "fake" widescreen version of the movie has not been seen on any television broadcast or home video release of the film. Broadcast, tape and DVD versions are in the television standard 1.33:1 aspect ratio, which shaves off image on both sides from the 1.37:1 theatrical release.


Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(1939) (uncredited)
Lyrics by
E.Y. Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen
Conducted by Herbert Stothart
Instrumental reprise by The MGM Symphony Orchestra during the closing credits

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Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Musical

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