I am sure we all have our favorite childhood memories, but this was the one that made the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, become my favorite holiday ritual.
It is, perhaps, the closest thing I have today to a perfect fairy tale. I love the part when the strong wind hits Kansas and you hear Dorothy yelling "Auntie Em! Auntie Em!" Or what about the theme music for Miss Gulch's demonic bicycle ride or the march of the Wicked Witch's palace guards? And my favorite of course, "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" I am also partial to the phrase "I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore,".
Did you know that Buddy Epsen was originally suppose to play the scarecrow? He actually started to play the part when he became deathly ill and had to be hospitalize from the silver paint in the Tin man's make-up.
Even Judy Garland who was made legendary after playing Dorothy was not the 1st choice. Originally MGM wanted Shirley Temple, but alas she was obligated to to Fox and Over the Rainbow [my favorite version was done by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's] most was cut out of the movie. Think of how different that would be today??? The song has become and American culture known song.
W.C. Fields was casted to play the Wizard, but as he was well known for his difficulty to work with, the studio changed their minds.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER, 24 2013 AT 08:00 PM
SUNDAY NOVEMBER, 24 2013 AT 10:15 PM
FRIDAY NOVEMBER, 29 2013 AT 03:45 PM
SATURDAY DECEMBER, 21 2013 AT 07:00 PM
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SUNDAY DECEMBER, 22 2013 AT 01:00 PM
I'll be watching it will you?