The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Judy Garland
Director: Victor Fleming Cast: Judy Garland
Judy Garland
, Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
, Ray Bolger
Ray Bolger
Victor Fleming

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Overview

The third and definitive film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's fantasy, this musical adventure is a genuine family classic that made Judy Garland a star for her heartfelt performance as Dorothy Gale, an orphaned young girl unhappy with her drab black-and-white existence on her aunt and uncle's dusty Kansas farm. Dorothy yearns to travel "over the rainbow" to a different world, and she gets her wish when a tornado whisks her and her little dog, Toto, to the Technicolorful land of Oz. Having offended the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton), Dorothy is protected from the old crone's wrath by the ruby slippers that she wears. At the suggestion of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (Billie Burke), Dorothy heads down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, where dwells the all-powerful Wizard of Oz, who might be able to help the girl return to Kansas. En route, she befriends a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), a Tin Man (Jack Haley), and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr). The Scarecrow would like to have some brains, the Tin Man craves a heart, and the Lion wants to attain courage; hoping that the Wizard will help them too, they join Dorothy on her odyssey to the Emerald City.

Garland was MGM's second choice for Dorothy after Shirley Temple dropped out of the project; and Bolger was to have played the Tin Man but talked co-star Buddy Ebsen into switching roles. When Ebsen proved allergic to the chemicals used in his silver makeup, he was replaced by Haley. Gale Sondergaard was originally to have played the Wicked Witch of the West in a glamorous fashion, until the decision was made to opt for belligerent ugliness, and the Wizard was written for W.C. Fields, who reportedly turned it down because MGM couldn't meet his price. Although Victor Fleming, who also directed Gone With the Wind, was given sole directorial credit, several directors were involved in the shooting, included King Vidor, who shot the opening and closing black-and-white sequences. Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg's now-classic Oscar-winning song "Over the Rainbow" was nearly chopped from the picture after the first preview because it "slowed down the action." The Wizard of Oz was too expensive to post a large profit upon initial release; however, after a disappointing reissue in 1955, it was sold to network television, where its annual showings made it a classic.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2014
UPC: 0883929405350
Original Release: 1939
Rating: G
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 2,574

Special Features

Commentary by historian John Fricke with the film's cast and crew, sing-along feature and much more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Dorothy Gale
Frank Morgan Prof. Marvel/The Wizard
Ray Bolger Hunk/The Scarecrow
Bert Lahr Zeke/The Cowardly Lion
Jack Haley Hickory/The Tin Woodsman
Gus Wayne Munchkin
Billie Burke Glinda, the Good Witch
Margaret Hamilton Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch
Pat Walshe Nikko
Clara Blandick Auntie Em
Billy Bletcher Mayor/Lollypop Guild (voice)
Tyler Brook Ozmite
Adriana Caselotti Juliet (voice)
Pinto Colvig Munchkin Voice (voice)
Billy Curtis City Father
Abe Dinovitch Apple Tree/Munchkin Voice (voice)
Major Doyle Munchkin (uncredited)
Daisy Earles Munchkin Villager
Harry Earles Guild Singer
Buddy Ebsen Tin Woodman on "We're Off to See the Wizard" (voice)
Charles Grapewin Uncle Henry
Charles Irwin Ozmite
Lois January Cat Owner
Mitchell Lewis Head Winkie
Jerry Maren Guild Leader
Singer Midgets Munchkins
Walter Miller Bespectacled Munchkin
George Ministeri Coach Driver
Yvonne Moray League Dancer
Lee Murray Winged Monkey
Frank Packard Munchkin (uncredited)
Lillian Porter Munchkin (uncredited)
"Little Billy" Rhodes Barrister
Jimmy Rosen Munchkin (uncredited)
Oliver Smith Ozmite
Terry Toto
Carol Tevis Munchkin Voice (voice)
Bobby Watson Ozmite

Technical Credits
Victor Fleming Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Arlen Score Composer
George Bassman Score Composer
Bobby Connolly Choreography
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Noel Langley Screenwriter
Mervyn LeRoy Producer
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Florence Ryerson Screenwriter
Blanche Sewell Editor
George Stoll Score Composer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Edgar Allan Woolf Screenwriter
L. Frank Baum Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Wizard of Oz
1. Main Title
2. Prologue
3. Dorothy's Dilemma
4. Over the Rainbow
5. Miss Gulch
6. Toto Escapes
7. Dorothy Runs Away
8. Crystal-Gazing
9. "It's a Twister!"
10. Inside the Cyclone
11. Not In Kansas Anymore
12. "Come Out, Come Out"
13. It Really Was No Miracle
14. Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead!
15. The Lullaby League
16. The Lollipop Guild
17. "Who Killed My Sister?"
18. "What a Smell of Sulfur!"
19. Follow the Yellow Brick Road
20. You're Off to See the Wizard
21. Dorothy Meets the Scarecrow
22. If I Only Had a Brain
23. We're Off to See the Wizard
24. "Apples!"
25. A Man Made Out of Tin!
26. If I Only Had a Heart
27. "Wanna Play Ball?"
28. "To Oz? To Oz!"
29. "Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh, My!"
30. Meeting the Cowardly Lion
31. If I Only Had the Nerve
32. We're Off to See the Wizard
33. "Poppies Will Put Them to Sleep!"
34. Optimistic Voices
35. The Emerald City
36. The Merry Old Land of Oz
37. Surrender, Dorothy!
38. If I Were King of the Forest
39. Meeting the Wizard of Oz
40. The Haunted Forest
41. Attack of the Winged Monkeys
42. Dorothy in Captivity
43. Toto's Escape
44. March of the Winkies
45. The Rescue
46. "Seize Them!"
47. "I'm Melting!"
48. "The Wicked Witch is Dead!"
49. The Wizard Revealed
50. Heroic Rewards
51. The Wizard's Balloon
52. Glinda Returns
53. Dorothy's Farewell
54. "There's No Place Like Home!"
55. Cast List

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