Friday, 15 August 2014

Off to see the Wizard

Today is the 75th anniversary of the first screening of the 1939 hit "The Wizard of Oz" in the USA.
The film didn't hit Australian screens until December of that year.

These articles are from the Australian Women's Weekly, 2 December 1939 - three stars was the highest accolade!

Original 1939 review about the Wizard of OZ Original 1939 article about the Wizard of OZ

The Lions Roar was reputed to be a gossip column devoted to "the finest motion pictures" - MGM of course- and "The Wizard of OZ" featured a number of times.  This one is from 23 December 1939 (the same week that the death of Douglas Fairbanks was announced).

Original 1939 article about the Wizard of OZ

The movie is still as fresh today as it was in 1939.  I just heard The Wizard of Oz: Concert Suite (Stothart/Arlen ed. Mauceri/Krasker) on the radio, basically a mash up of all the music from the film, which was wonderful.  the original music and lyrics were by Harold Arlen (seated next to Judy Garland in the photo below) and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg (4th from left), who won an Academy Award for Best Song for "Over the Rainbow."

1939 photo with cast of the Wizard of OZ
Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg with Wizard of Oz cast

If you have never seen it, which I doubt, you must!  Here is the trailer, and most of the movie is available on youtube. Odds are it will been screen this week on TV somewhere near you.

Deb xx


  1. I do love the wizard of oz, not sure if my kids have ever seen it though.

    1. You must let them watch it! My kids love it and they have seen it just a few times!


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