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Postby KarenZ » Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:10 am

Hi folks,

Theatre goers first saw the magical The Wizard of Oz in a gala premiere on this night in 1939. The first movie to use the combination of black and white and color film starred Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale; Bert Lahr as both the Cowardly Lion and Zeke; Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow and Hunk; and Jack Haley as both the Tin Woodsman and Hickory. Originally, Buddy Ebsen was in the role of the Tin Man; but he became ill and had to leave the production before its completion.

The movie was based on L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which he wrote in 1900 and adapted into a musical play. Directed by Victor Fleming, the Hollywood version took an Oscar for best movie score (Harold Arlen and E.Y. ‘Yip’ Harburg), and for best song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". With its superb acting, special effects, singing midgets and wonderful songs like "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" (the wicked witch was delightfully played by Margaret Hamilton while Billie Burke was equally charming as the good witch); "Munchkinland", and "Follow the Yellow Brick Road", the Wizard of Oz would probably have won the Best Picture Oscar. As fate would have it, there was another show-stopper filmed that year....Gone with the Wind, and only one film could win.

Back in 2004 Ellis Paul was working on a song called "A Postcard from Oz". As I recall, (having heard it only twice in its un-finished state) Ellis said it was a postcard from the scarecrow to Dorothy. Is that right Ellis? What happened to that song? Don't let it fall through the cracks. :wink:

My #1 female singer-songwriter, Lynn Miles has a song called "Surrender Dorothy" on her CD Unravel that is really wonderful.

It was a dream come true for me when both #1s shared the stage in Indianapolis, IN on April 25, 2004. :)


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Postby Sue Ellen » Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:48 am

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Postby paddyinthepub » Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:20 pm

Whoooooo Doggie! That's some piece of trivia. Buddy Epsen more than made up for missing the opportunity here. The Beverly Hillbillies was an early fave.

My wife has now seen WICKED twice on B'way in NYC and the soundtrack was a Must Hear for our son for months after the first of those shows which We did as part of a Spring Break trip to Manhatten. He just loved it.

I recall watching the annual tv broadcast of Wizard of Oz every Fall as a kid. The first viewing had a profound impact on my night's sleep. Seems I totally bought the Witch on a bicycle outside Dorothy's window when the tornado had lifted her house high into the sky. :shock:

In my dream, uh nightmare, our house suffered the same fate and there was that darned ol witch on her bike outside my window. I never ever watched that movie again without getting just a little spooked at what was to come. :?

Course, I'm better now. :wink:
"once we're inside, it's a carnival ride" ~ ellis paul

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