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The Wizard of Oz, 75 years later

Posted by elegant On July - 11 - 2014

The 1939 American musical production of the Wizard of Oz will celebrate its 75th anniversary in August 2014. The whimsical classic production by the Metro Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) was based on a well-known novel of 1900 by L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The movie adaptation based on the novel was first played at the Grumman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. People lined up the street to get a glimpse of Judy Garland, Toro the dog, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley and many others. The whimsical classic made history with its Technicolor, storytelling, unusual characters, musical score, and became a part of popular American culture. It is the most watched movie ever.

At the time of the release movie production cost totaled more the $2.7 million and the revenue totaled just over $3 million. It was the most expensive movie production by MGM at the time. However, the November 3, 1956 television introduction of the movie on CBS led to an annual tradition of watching the movie. It won several Academy Awards including the Best Song and the Best Original Music Score but lost the Best Movie Award to another MGM film, Gone with the Wind. The movie has many other notable recognition to its credit.

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