THE WIZARD OF OZ (Theatrical Release USA 1939)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

The Wizard of Oz—a classic despite its old-style studio props—gently reminds us of the importance of acquiring heart, intelligence, and courage to navigate life well and that love for friends, strangers, and family help us overcome even the most difficult of trials in a worthy manner. This will always be a Best Work Film in the history of film-making.

Storyline

Dorothy (Judy Garland) takes a journey to the Land of Oz to learn that there is no place like home.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Victor Fleming and George Cukor for telling a grand story. Thank you to Producer Mervyn LeRoy and Associate Producer Arthur Freed for creating a story that never gets old. Thank you to Harold Arlen and Herbert Stothart for the wonderful musical scores, L. Frank Baum for his novel, and Screenplay Writers Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf for their terrific novel adaptation. Thank you to the casting department who chose, so wisely, Judy Garland (Dorothy), Frank Morgan (Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz/Gatekeeper/Carriage Driver/Guard), Ray Bolger (Hunk/Scarecrow), Bert Lahr (Zeke/Cowardly Lion), Jack Haley (Hickory/Tin Man), Billie Burke (Glinda), Margaret Hamilton (Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West), and Clara Blandik (Auntie Em) for this film's actors and actresses.

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This film turned out to be like, It’s A Wonderful Life, a lifetime re-watch film, a story one never forgets, a story that is passed onward generationally. It will always be a classic story, well-told.

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