Paramount at the Movies Presents: The Wizard of Oz [Not Rated]
Movies | 03/4/2018 | 2:00PM
Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) dreams of a life “somewhere over the rainbow;” but when a tornado rips through Kansas, she finds herself swept away to the magical land of Oz. With just her dog, Toto, Dorothy must find a way back home. On a journey to meet the Wizard in Emerald City, Dorothy and Toto follow the Yellow Brick Road and meet a scarecrow (Ray Bolger) who needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) without a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr). Can Dorothy and her new friends escape the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West and make it to Emerald City to have their wishes granted?
Based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, the film’s use of Technicolor and it’s enchanting score earned it six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.
Did You Know?
- While the film was considered a critical success upon release in August 1939, it failed to generate profit for MGM, earning only $3,017,000 on a $2,777,000 budget, which made it MGM’s most expensive production to date.
- Many of The Wicked Witch of the West’s scenes were either trimmed or deleted entirely, as Margaret Hamilton’s performance was thought to be too frightening for audiences.
- The song “Over the Rainbow” was ranked #1 by the American Film Institute in 2004 on the 100 Greatest Songs in American Films list.
- When the Witch tries to get off the ruby slippers, fire strikes her hands. This “fire” was actually dark apple juice spewing out of the shoes. The film was sped up to make it look like fire.