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Saturday, October 12, 2013

We"re off to See the Wizard the Wonderful Wizard of Oz!!!

Lions, tigers, bears
One of all time favorite movies was and still is The Wizard of Oz. It has become an annual ritual over the holidays to make sure I watch it at least once or maybe even twice. I was sadden when I asked my granddaughters if they liked it and they said they had never seen it???? What I said? But they were not really interested in seeing it.  I guess it has fond memories of my childhood linked to it. When I was little my mom and dad always went over my favorite Aunt & Uncle's house and played cards.  It was more than one time, but I specifically remember it during November when I would sit in front of their black & white [oops showing my age] and watch the notorious all time classic,  The Wizard of Oz, while they were laughing and arguing over their card game in the nearby kitchen.  I lived in the east and it was cold outside and you could hear the wind blowing and the windows creaking from the force. I loved it there and felt warm and cozy with my pillow in my pj's watching my movie all curled up in my big fuzzy blanket. 

I am sure we all have our favorite childhood memories, but this was the one that made the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Ozbecome my favorite holiday ritual.

The story of Dorothy and her friends on the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City has become an icon to many baby-boomers, but I wonder has it lost its appeal to the next generation or what about the next one??? 
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,". 
Wizard of Oz:  Dorothy is unconscious while the wicked witch flies by
The movie has been remade, made into a play and referenced in dozens of movies, television shows, and books. And who doesn't love Elton John's 1973 release Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, but none have come close to the imaginative power or lasting mind imprint of the original movie. 

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.   
I do love the this movie and ALL its characters too. If you get a chance it will be playing this year on TMC [Turner Movie Classics

SUNDAY NOVEMBER, 24 2013 AT 08:00 PM

SUNDAY NOVEMBER, 24 2013 AT 10:15 PM
FRIDAY NOVEMBER, 29 2013 AT 03:45 PM
SUNDAY DECEMBER, 22 2013 AT 01:00 PM

I'll be watching it will you? 

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