The Wizard of Oz (1939 movie)
The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 MGM movie musical. The movie was based on the children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The movie is about a little girl's adventures in a magical land called Oz.
Reviews were mostly positive. The song "Over the Rainbow" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The movie was first televised in 1956. It became an annual Thanksgiving television special for many years. The movie was named the most-watched motion picture in history by the Library of Congress. It is often ranked among the Top 10 Best Movies of All Time in critical and popular polls.
- Judy Garland as Dorothy
- Frank Morgan as the Wizard
- Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow
- Jack Haley as the Tin Man
- Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion
- Billie Burke as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North
- Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West
- Terry as Toto
- The Singer Midgets as the Munchkins
Dorothy lives on a drab Kansas farm with her aunt and uncle. A powerful storm sweeps her away to the magical land of Oz. She accidentally kills a wicked witch. She wants to go home, but only the Wizard of Oz can send her home. She must go to the Emerald City to see him. She sets off on the Yellow Brick Road wearing the witch's ruby slippers. She makes three friends on the road: a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion.
On the way to Emerald City, the friends are tormented by another witch. She is the sister of the witch Dorothy killed. She wants the ruby slippers. Dorothy won't give the slippers to the witch. The friends arrive in Emerald City. The Wizard sends them off to kill the witch. The friends are captured by the witch. Dorothy throws a pail of water over the witch. The witch melts.
In the Emerald City, the four friends are welcomed as heroes. The Wizard prepares his hot air balloon to take Dorothy back to Kansas. The balloon takes off without her. Glinda, the good witch, tells Dorothy she can go home by just clicking the heels of the ruby slippers together and thinking about home. She does this. She wakes up in her bed. Her adventures have been a dream.