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Like many films featured in this column, The Wizard of Oz was very influential in making me the movie geek I am today, which is quite astounding, really. Considering how most young people feel about vintage movies and “ugly” black and white (yes, I’ve heard people say that and yes, I should have murdered them on the spot and I apologize for my inaction allowing them to keep on sucking air away from the rest of us) the fact that this movie is still a family film staple is quite incredible. The film hasn’t lost any of its luster and may even have grown more impactful over the years.

From the transition from black and white reality to the dazzling Technicolor fantasy to the fantastic musical numbers and the playful skirting of some truly terrifying imagery The Wizard of Oz has proven to be a legitimate timeless classic. So, it’s only natural we get some Oz love here.

And so we have this nice shot of director Victor Fleming (at least I’m pretty sure that’s him) organizing a shot with Dorothy and the munchkins. Here’s the picture, once again courtesy of reader Pat Barnett. Click to embiggen!



Ask tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic how it got so good at killing people.

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  • April 15, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by room23storeblogspotcom

  • April 15, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Surrender, Dorothy!

    by Sinistron

  • April 15, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by room23storeblogspotcom

  • April 15, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Man So close!

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    Oh well, I love the Wizard of Oz. Such a great movie. I would like to see another good version though since a number of great things were cut out of the book like the porceline people, the mice and other things. It would be great if a good director came along and did one or two in the series and then they got different directors for the rest and made as many of the books as were profitable. But this one if pretty awesome.

  • April 15, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    It looks like that one munichkin

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    is angry at the mayor and Victor Fleming is trying to hold him back from beating the crud out of him!

  • April 15, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    That polka-dot midget means business!

    by fustfick

    And I'm thinking tomorrow's pic is "A History of Violence."

  • April 15, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Great movie! I need to watch it again.

    by golden tribw

    I bought the DVD a few years back but never got around to viewing it.

  • Why the hell didn't they just show an actual Chaplin clip?!

  • April 15, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    That one munchin is gonna bitch slap the other.

    by claxdog

  • April 15, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    If you hit a midget on the head it turns into coins..


    Thanks Patton

  • April 15, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    I was just talking with a someone today how weird it would have been...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...if Shirley Temple had played Dorothy, as was originally planned...

  • April 15, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    "...And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    "I'll see you on the dark side of the moon."

  • April 15, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Jed Clampett was originally signed on as the Tin Man . . .

    by DrMorbius

    . . . but had a bad reaction to the silver paint they used on him.

  • April 15, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

  • April 15, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Power of Oz...

    by El Vader

    Oz HAS grown in its impact since its release. If I'm not mistaken, it was a box office bomb when it was released - and then with the advent of TV it's popularity soared... showing that it was much more meaningful in the personal sort of atmosphere that watching at home with the family offered. Read the books! The Wizard of Oz had SO many parallels to the Populist flavor of politics that were stirring things up in the Mid-West during the late 1880's & 1890's!

  • I enjoy this movie when I was a kid, and still enjoy it now!

  • You gotta get down off that cloud and get a closer made them too damn small.

  • April 15, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    fuck, Judy Garland was short

    by BadMrWonka

    I mean, she's barely taller than the munchkins. How tall could she have been? 5'2" tops?

  • April 15, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    When I Was A Kid, I Had A HUGE Crush On Dorothy

    by NeonFrisbee

    Does that make me gay?

  • April 15, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Crush On Dorothy = Straight

    by Autodidact

    Wanting to wear those fabulous red shoes = Gay

  • April 15, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Those in the know say...

    by Ricky Retardo

    Judy Garland's height is 5 ft 0.5 in (

  • April 15, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    It wasn't Black and White. It was Sepia!

    by Saltboy

  • April 15, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    All this talk about slapping The Mayor?

    by Acquanetta

    It's just that: Talk There's a reason he got to wear the big watch, folks.

  • April 15, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Cue munchkin suicide caught on film debate in...3.....2....1

    by spire_walk

  • April 15, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Judy Garland as Dorothy was my first crush

    by alienindisguise

    The film worked more for me as a kid before I knew what "gay" was. Now I watch it and just see a flaming gay tin man and lion. The tornado sequence is still tops and has yet to be surpassed by cg technology. Anyone else have the old Wizard of Oz view master slides? That's some weird shit!

  • April 15, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Playing tomorrow in Florida for 25 cents at the Beach Theatre

    by Beach Theatre

    If you like this movie and are in the area, this is news you can use... The Beach Theatre in St. Pete Beach is running WIZARD OF OZ as part of their "1939 Day" for 25 cents admission. Two shows in the afternoon, and a capper of GONE WITH THE WIND at night, also for 25 cent admission. Everybody's seen this a million times on cable or video, but it's a whole new thing with a big crowd in a theatre.

  • April 15, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Love this movie so much...

    by th3480

    ...that I named my daughter Dorothy. For real real.

  • April 15, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST

    "Them ain't babies, them's fidgets!"

    by DickBallsworth

  • April 16, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Post-pubescent Judy playing pre-pubescent Dorothy

    by Simpsonian

    now that I'm older is kind of hot and creepy at the same time

  • April 16, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    There are more important things out there...

    by JR

  • April 16, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    If You Could Only Pick 3 Films...................

    by RoarsLoudly

    As the best EVER, this would be my number one pick!

  • April 16, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Thanks shutupcrime

    by _Venkman

    I'm going to send my mom to that tomorrow. She's a big fan of the film.

  • April 16, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Mayor of Munchins was my subtitute teache

    by Rupee88

    in 7th grade. Mr Benion, I think his name was. but he's the guy in the pic. There was an article in the local paper about him so know it to be true. But of course we asked him about Judy Garland and he said she was nice.

  • April 16, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST

    shutupcrime...LOVE the Beach Theater!

    by Cheif Brody

    Watchin The Wizard of Oz or GWTW while drinkin a beer in the theater? Priceless. Wish I didn't already have plans tomorrow. <p> Saw Coen's True Grit there at Christmas time. Truly a slice of Americana, that theater.

  • April 16, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Horny munchkins were fucking constantly...

    by Ray_Tango

    ... that's what I heard anyway. They were all getting it on because they had never put so many little people all in the same place at the same time. Apparently they were screwing behind stages etc... "We represent the horny-fuck guild, the horny-fuck guild..."

  • April 16, 2011, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Why I love older women today...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Watched every annual showing of Oz on TV as a kid growing up. Dorothy (Judy Garland) was also my first crush, and the very reason why I enjoy older women (and subsequently married one) today. True story.

  • April 16, 2011, 5:10 a.m. CST


    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    I was a wee little lad when I saw Oz for the first time, and Dorothy was much older than I was (of course). I don't know, I've always gravitated towards older women as opposed to those closer to my own age. I give credit to that first Dorothy crush. Maybe I should talk about this with my therapist.

  • April 16, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST

    one of them was on Jimmy Kimmel not too long ago-

    by simpledao4

    I think it was the 'coroner' character. He was up in his 90s and using a cane. Some time in the past decade- maybe six years ago or sooner.

  • April 16, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    What about ZOOEY?!?

    by wackybantha

    She was DG in Sci-fi's TIN MAN!!!!!!!!!!! ZOOEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • April 16, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    It's surprising that no one ever mention the curse of this movie

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    almost everyone who acted or worked on this film has past away, almost as if the film is cursed

  • April 16, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    They once asked Judy what the Muchkins were like.

    by cookylamoo

    She said "They were drunks".

  • April 16, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Good point redbull_werewolf

    by CoolFrood

    All the people who filmed "Gone with the Wind" should get together and talk about the curse of "The Wizard of Oz" (both filmed 72 years ago.)

  • April 16, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Nice pic! But have you seen the first "The Hobbit" blog?

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Follow the link:

  • Don't be scared, you know you want to.

  • April 16, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Midgets must be cheap drunks


    A six pack could get a dozen of them fucked up.

  • April 16, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    The 1925 silent version

    by Raggles Wimpole

    Has anyone ever watched this on YouTube?

  • April 16, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    IMDb Top 250

    by Raggles Wimpole

    Why isn't this film higher than #126? You mean to tell me that films like "The Matrix," "Forrest Gump," "American History X," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Back to the Future," "Black Swan," "Gladiator," "Gran Torino," "The Elephant Man," "Die Hard," & "Slumdog Millionaire" are better than "The Wizard of Oz"? Don't get me wrong, all of those are amazing films, some of the best ever, but "The Wizard of Oz" has often been called the most influential film of all time. I've read several articles that trace back nearly every film made after 1939 to Oz.

  • April 16, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    BTTF is superior to OZ


    It never pussed out once and said you couldve gone home the whole time

  • April 16, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by Raggles Wimpole

    I think you're missing the point. The film never "pussed out." Dorothy's trip to Oz was a spiritual journey. Her finally going home was her completing the journey.

  • April 16, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST



    Whatevs. That's one of the biggest cheats ever. Marty mcfly learned who he was, granted it took him three films (in film time it was a week or two)-- regardless, Dorthy went back to Kansas and was close to getting mcmurphy'd in the sequel so I really don't think she spiraturally found herself. The dog saved the day anyway. Dorthy just happened to ve in the right place at the right time

  • April 16, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Funny how Directors back then wore suit & ties!

    by Drunken Busboy

    Under those extremely hot lights it must have been difficult to work. They were all business back then!

  • ;)

  • April 16, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    The Wizard of Oz is a fucking classic

    by Dark Doom

    Now are they flying monkeys or gargoyles??

  • April 16, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Where's the dead munchkin!

    by Yarlan Zey

  • April 17, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    I've seen the 1925 version

    by donkey_lasher

    Larry Semon (a very popular comedian back then) directed and starred in it. If you thought the 1939 version took liberties with the story, then for gods sake don't watch this one. It's awful. It's only of interest because Oliver Hardy played the Tin Man ( a couple of years before he teamed with Laurel ).

  • April 18, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    one of the best kid-family films ever

    by Smack_Teddy

    That shot of The Wicked witch taking off from her castle still today stands out amazingly and hands down beats the ass off of any of the flying neo-smith scenes for example, or anything else i could think of off the top of my head, that might be aiming to produce a similar effect, no contest... (the long shots of Raimi's Power Ranger Green Goblin is much closer there than The Matrix, funnily enough, really cool long shot) ... for a child watching something eerie and magical and awe inspiring as hell.... The Munchkins are pretty cute too i guess... not as cool as the flying monkeys of course, but...

  • April 18, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    We can we expect

    by REDD

    the Tim Burton version with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter? Just a matter of time.

  • April 18, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    too late!... Raimi's on it

    by Smack_Teddy

  • April 18, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Munchkins and the Midget Circus

    by uglyMood

    Quite a few of the actors playing Munchkins were former members of Stanley Graham's Midget Circus. In May, 1937 they got stranded in San Antonio, Texas when the circus ran out of money and the sheriff confiscated all their gear. The entire city chipped in to help, giving them jobs and holding charitable events so that they could get enough money to get to their various homes. Here's a silent newsreel clip about it: Ever since finding out about it, I've wondered if this event was the basis of the old San Antonio "Midget Mansion" legend, which nobody seems to have heard of now. Kids today never pay attention to the classics...

  • April 18, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    its not the basis of that legend fella

    by Smack_Teddy

    although i always wondered if a part of 'Being John Malkovich' and its story might be inspired by that legend