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Of course you know the story. This is a tale of the Federal Reserve and the shadow government. The streets are paved with gold not paper money. If you acquire the brain (knowledge), the courage and the heart; you'll overpower the wizard and gain control of the system again. It is a journey. Melt the wicked witch. Change the channel. Happy American Thanksgiving.


The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The film stars Judy Garland; Terry the dog, billed as Toto; Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, with Charley Grapewin and Clara Blandick, and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins, with Pat Walshe as leader of the flying monkeys. Notable for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score and unusual characters, over the years it has become one of the best-known films and part of American popular culture. It also featured in cinema what may be for the time the most elaborate use of character make-ups and special effects. It was not a box office success on its initial release, earning only $3,017,000 on a $2,777,000 budget, despite receiving largely positive reviews. The film was MGM's most expensive production at that time, and did not recoup much of the studio's investment until subsequent re-releases. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture but lost to Gone with the Wind. It did win in two other categories including Best Original Song for "Over the Rainbow." The song was ranked first in two lists: the AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs and the Recording Industry Association of America's "365 Songs of the Century".


The film starts in sepia-tinted Kansas in the early 1900s. Dorothy Gale lives with her dog Toto on the farm of her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. Dorothy and Toto get in trouble with a cruel neighbor, Miss Almira Gulch, when Toto bites her. However, Dorothy's family and the farmhands are all too busy to pay attention to her. Miss Gulch arrives with permission from the sheriff to have Toto be euthanized. He is taken away, but escapes and returns to Dorothy; she then decides to run away from home with Toto to escape Miss Gulch. They meet Professor Marvel, a phony fortune teller, who realizes Dorothy has run away and tricks her via his crystal ball into believing that her aunt is ill so that she may return home. She races home as a powerful tornado develops. Unable to get into the storm cellar, she seeks safety in her bedroom. A wind-blown window sash hits her head and she falls unconscious on her bed. She wakes to find the house spinning in the air, held aloft by the twister. In the storm outside the window she sees Aunt Em in a chair, several farm animals, two of the farmhands rowing a boat, as well as Miss Gulch pedaling her bicycle, who transforms into a cackling witch flying on a broomstick.

Dorothy (Judy Garland, right) with Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (Billie Burke).

The farm house crashes in Munchkinland in the world of Oz, where the film changes to Technicolor. Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and the Munchkins, welcome her as a heroine because the house has landed on and killed the Wicked Witch of the East, leaving only her feet exposed. Her sister, the Wicked Witch of the West, arrives to claim the magic ruby slippers worn on her sister's feet. Glinda transfers them off her feet to Dorothy's feet instead. The Witch of the West swears revenge on Dorothy and Toto for her sister's death. Glinda tells Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, where the Wizard of Oz might be able to help her get back home.

On her way to the Emerald City, Dorothy meets and befriends the Scarecrow who wants a brain, the Tin Woodman who desires a heart, and the Cowardly Lion who is in need of courage. Their faces resemble the farmhands, which Dorothy notices. They join Dorothy to ask the Wizard for their respective consciously declared quality: brain, heart, and courage. After encountering the Witch who attempts to deter them from reaching their destination, they finally reach the Emerald City. Inside, after being initially rejected, they are permitted to see the Wizard (appearing to them in the form of a large head surrounded by fire) who agrees to grant their wishes when they bring him the Witch of the West's broom.

On their quest to the Witch's castle, the group make through their way through the Haunted Forest whilst the Witch continues to view their progress through a crystal ball. She then sends her flying monkeys to ambush the four and capture Dorothy and Toto. At the castle, the Witch again fails to get the slippers off of Dorothy due to a magical barrier, and remembers that Dorothy first has to be killed. Toto then escapes and leads her friends to the castle. After defeating three Winkie Guards and stealing their uniforms, they march inside and free her, but the Witch and her guards eventually trap them. After Scarecrow drops a chandelier onto the Winkies, the group is chased across the battlements, before being trapped on both sides. The Witch then sets fire to the Scarecrow, and Dorothy instinctively splashes a nearby bucket of water onto the flames; the Witch is also hit by it and melts. The guards unexpectedly rejoice now that she is dead, and they give Dorothy the charred broom in gratitude.

Back at the Emerald City, the Wizard refuses to grant their wishes at that time, and Toto exposes the "Wizard" as a normal middle-aged man (who resembles Professor Marvel) that has been operating and controlling the wizard; he admits to being a humbug and a bad wizard. Nonetheless, he grants their wishes by giving the Scarecrow a diploma, the Lion a medal, and the Tin Man a heart-shaped watch, and that is enough to convince themselves that what they sought has been achieved. He then prepares to get Dorothy home in his hot air balloon, but as Toto runs away to chase a cat, Dorothy follows, and it leaves without her. Glinda soon arrives and tells her that she can still return home by tapping her heels together three times and repeating, "There's no place like home."[7] After bidding a tearful goodbye to her friends, Dorothy "returns" home, coming to consciousness on her bed surrounded by her family, the farmhands, Professor Marvel, and Toto.

Posted by George Freund on November 27, 2014 at 4:17 PM 4782 Views