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August 25, 2011

On The Bright Side Mary Howell 8/24/11

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:48 am

 On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


Mary’s Note:  Some information for the following column was taken from the Internet.


Today’s column is in honor of the 72nd anniversary of the release of The Wizard of Oz, which made its debut in August, 1939.


The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer.  It was directed primarily by Victor Fleming and others. The lyrics for the songs were written by E. V. Harburg.  The music was by Howard Arlen.


The film was Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s most expensive production up to that time but it’s initial release failed to recoup the studio’s investment.  Subsequent re-releases made up for that, however.  “Over The Rainbow” won the Academy Award for original song and the film itself received several Academy Award nominations.


Telecasts of the film began in 1956 which re-introduced the film to the public and made it an annual tradition.  It was named the most-watched motion picture in history by The Library of Congress.


Buddy Ebsen, who later starred in the television series, The Beverly Hillbillies, was cast as the Tin Man.  During the filming, he became allergic to the powder used in the Tin Man costume and had to be hospitalized and was unable to finish the production.


The famous shoes which were worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy were originally silver shoes.  When the film was made into Technicolor, Dorothy’s shoes became red.  The original shoes were later sold for millions of dollars.


The MGM talent scouts needed 100 “little people” for the Munchkinland sequence.  The searched the country far and wide to come up with the citizens of Munchkinland.


The Wizard of Oz has been ranked in the top ten best movies by the Library of Congress.


During the past 72 years, The Wizard of Oz has been a favorite for the young and the old.  For great grandparents, grandparents and children, The Wizard of Oz has brought smiles to the faces of millions and gives them a day on the bright side.


August 24, 2011

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