Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Wizard of Oz Review (Updated)

The Wizard of Oz

Release Date: 18th April 1940 - Australia

Production Companies
Metro Goldwyn-Mayer

Genre: Fantasy/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 101 minutes

Budget: $2,777,000

Box Office Gross: $247,088,371

Plot Summary
Dorothy Gale is swept 
away to a magical land 
in a tornado and embarks 
on a quest to see the 
Wizard who can help 
her return home.

Judy Garland - Dorothy Gale
Terry - Toto
Ray Bolger - Hunk/The Scarecrow
Jack Haley - Hickory/The Tin
Bert Lahr - Zeke/The Cowardly
Margaret Hamilton - Miss Elmira
Gulch/The Wicked Witch of
the West
Frank Morgan - The Wizard/
Professor Marvel/Doorman/
Billie Burke - Glinda the Good
Witch of the North
Clara Blandick - Aunt Em
Charley Grapewin - Uncle Henry
The Singer Midgets - Munchkins

Director - Victor Fleming
Based on Book" The
Wonderful Wizard of Oz" -
L. Frank Baum
Adaptation/Screenplay -
Noel Langley
Screenplay - Florence Ryerson
and Edgar Allan Woolf
Director: Kansas Scenes -
King Vidor (Uncredited)
Producer - Mervyn LeRoy
Art Director - Cedric Gibbons
Costume Designer - Adrian
Creator: Character Make-ups - 
Jack Dawn
Photographed by: in Technicolor - Harold Rosson
Special Effects - A. Arnold Gillespie 
Songs & Lyrics - Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Film Editor - Blanche Sewell
Musical Adaptation/Composer: Original Music -
Herbert Stothart


1940 Academy Awards
Best Original Song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" -
Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg (Won)
Best Original Score - Herbert Stothart (Won)
Best Picture (Nominated)
Best Cinematography, Color - Harold Rosson (Nominated)
Best Art Direction - Cedric Gibbons and
William A. Horning (Nominated)
Best Special Effects - A. Arnold Gillespie
and Douglas Shearer (Nominated)

It isn't as grand as it used to be and because it’s such an old family movie. It’s been years since seeing THE WIZARD OF OZ, for it is essentially a popular classic and reaches to its historical value. Very incidental how the film was a bit overrated that some viewers weren't as expecting to see it. The most embedded example would be the dialogue and acting, I wouldn't mind of Margaret Hamilton doing her wickedness of the part as the Wicked Witch. It makes me nervous to watch her with that over-the-top accent. Not to mention, the make-up that will only scare off young kids and tiny tots. Although I never was a big fan of Judy Garland, she looks a bit grown to play Dorothy Gale and the character I must have reckoned could be a slim teenage farm-girl.

Somebody’s going to pull a remake from starters with full CGI or motion capture and I can't say that THE WIZARD OF OZ is a bad musical. It may have straight-ups and let-downs, it's at least refreshing to re-experience the Yellow Brick Road.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


  1. I agree, The Wizard of Oz is a good movie, but not a great movie. For its time, it looked great, but the movie does not hold up as well as a lot of people would like to think.


    1. Well said, never a doubt about it and at least Oz the Great and Powerful is a better movie.