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THE WIZARD OF OZ
Because of a tornado, 12 year old
Dorothy, along her beloved dog and farm house as well, finds herself
in the fantastic Land of Oz, over the rainbow far from her Kansas farm,
about to encounter adventure, a wicked witch, and dear friends that
help her on her quest to find a way home.
Directed by: Victor Fleming.
In 1939 THE WIZARD OF OZ was nominated for the Best Picture award.
The Wizard of Oz has been described by Leonard Maltlin as "a four star genuine American classic." It is truly "one of the world's most beloved films." It is the greatest family entertainment movie, that is unaffected by the passage of time, due to it's absolutely fabulous music, script, direction, cast from heaven, and imaginative set design. The entire package presents a "magical, musical, memorable" movie, a truly remarkable effort, that grips you, draws you into the adventure. It is so well put together, it's 1 hour, 42 minutes just flows at a great pace, offering something for everyone in the family.
Musical numbers ease into the plot naturally, and bring vitality to the whole. Besides the famous Over the Rainbow song, Ding Dong The Witch is Dead, and Follow the Yellow Brick Road production numbers with the Munchkins are great.
Another refreshing plus is
that the background music never upstages the performers, but works
with their performances, helping to tell the story. For example,
check out Miss Gulch's bicycle music! Unlike many musicals, the
main theme music wasn't over used, showing the creativity of the
Margaret Hamilton, who loved kids all her life, is terrific as the old battle ax, Miss Gulch, and excelled as the wicked, dastardly witch that gives Dorothy, the scarecrow, the lion, and the tin man so much trouble, as she pursues Dorothy for her dead sister's ruby slippers. (Dorothy's farmhouse landed on the sister.) Seeing the film on DVD, the wickedness really shines in her eyes. Years after the movie was made, kids would recognize her, and ask why she was so mean to Dorothy. She has many memorable lines, such as: "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too." "These things must be done delicately, or the spell will be broken." And, of course, "I'm melting, I'm melting! What a world, what a world! How could a good little girl like you destroy my perfect wickedness!"
Wizard of Oz marked the start
of Judy Garland's stardom, really opening the door for her. The
chemistry between her and the other actors really brought the
script alive. She does a great job, not only in the singing department,
but in the acting field as well.
On her way to find the great
Wizard of Oz, Dorothy finds new friends, a scarecrow who wants
a brain, a tin man who wants a heart, and a cowardly lion who
wants some courage. Each sings a song, telling of their problem,
and does an amusing dance. Their love and concern for each other
helps them to work together to face scary tasks, such as rescuing
Dorothy from the witches castle, and defeating the witch in the
Based on novel by L. Frank
Baum, the Screen Play was written by: Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson,
and Edgar Allan Woolf.