Saturday, April 24, 2010

Movie review: The Wizard of OZ 1939

Wizard of OZ 1939
Directed by Victor Fleming, this is a classic that would be known for centuries is about a girl named Dorothy (Judy Garland) that is always daydreaming and longs for "a place where there isn't any trouble". She lives with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry and along with farmhands. One Kansas day a tornado emerged. From a crashed window Dorothy passes out, and soon gets into a sleep that starts with a very adventured dream! Based on the 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of OZ   by L. Frank Baum. Featuring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, Frank Morgan as the Wizard, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Tinman, Billie Burke as Glinda, Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch, Charles Grapewin as Uncle Henry, Clara Blandick as Auntie Em and Terry who played Toto. The rumor is that Toto was stuffed and auctioned for $3,680. This was the most challenging classic musical film ever made in the 1930s and it is the most watched film in history! The song "Over the rainbow" received the Academy Award For Best Original Song. Even though it is based by the children's novel, it does have some differences from the book. Some versions the red ruby slippers are glass slippers, and some Wizard of OZ stories have a a mouse queen being chased by a cat, but its the best film and has many great effects and full of live still very famous today. 

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