“There’s No Place Like Home”
“I’ll Get You, My Pretty”
“And Toto, too!”
Those are just a few of the famous lines from the iconic 1939 MGM Technicolor classic The Wizard of Oz. The CALS Ron Robinson Theater will be screening it today (February 13) at 2pm for $5. Concessions are available for purchase.
Based on the L. Frank Baum novel (which launched a series of books), this film was directed by Victor Fleming (who also received credit for directing another 1939 classic – Gone with the Wind – but that’s another story). For Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Margaret Hamilton – this film was the source of their iconic roles. Frank Morgan played the titular role, while Billie Burke essayed the role of Glinda.
The movie was nominated for six Oscars, and picked up two – Best Score (Herbert Stothart) and Best Song (E. Y. “Yip” Harburg and Harold Arlen for “Over the Rainbow”). The year 1939 has largely been considered the best year for movies during the Golden Age of Hollywood, so picking up two Oscars in the year of Gone with the Wind, Ninotchka, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Stage Coach, Wuthering Heights, Intermezzo, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame is quite an accomplishment.
While now viewed as a classic, it took 14 writers and five directors as well as several re-castings to get the movie finished. This afternoon is the chance to see it again on the big screen.