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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic (1990)

Documentary about the making of the 1939 MGM classic film The Wizard of Oz. Includes interviews of cast and crew members, their families and fans of the film.

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Jack Haley Jr.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Herself - Hostess
Mervyn LeRoy ... Himself (archive footage)
Ray Bolger ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Haley ... Himself (archive footage)
Judy Garland ... Herself (archive footage)
Walt Disney ... Himself (archive footage)
Shirley Temple ... Herself (archive footage)
Liza Minnelli ... Herself
Lorna Luft ... Herself - Daughter of Judy Garland
Billie Burke ... Herself (archive footage)
Margaret Hamilton ... Herself (archive footage)
John Lahr John Lahr ... Himself - Son of Bert Lahr (voice)
Buddy Ebsen ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert A. Baum Robert A. Baum ... Himself - L. Frank Baum's Grandson (voice) (archive footage)
Harold Arlen Harold Arlen ... Himself (archive footage)
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Documentary about the making of the 1939 MGM classic film The Wizard of Oz. Includes interviews of cast and crew members, their families and fans of the film.

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Documentary

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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USA

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English | Spanish | French | German

Release Date:

20 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic See more »

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4:3
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Originally shown as a short feature immediately following the 1990 telecast of "The Wizard of Oz". See more »

Goofs

The documentary states that "The Wizard of Oz" was nominated for five Oscars. It was actually nominated for six. See more »

Connections

References Love Affair (1939) See more »

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Worthwhile Documentary
3 July 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The (1990)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Angela Lansbury hosts and narrates this documentary that gives a look at the making of the classic 1939 film THE WIZARD OF OZ. Just about everything you'd want to know about the production of this film is talked about within the 51-minute running time. We learn why MGM wanted to make this film, the trouble getting a cast together and the fight about who should play Dorothy. Once the film started shooting there were more problems ranging from accidents on the set to certain items just not working the way they should. Even after filming the movie would get some bad news in terms of not making its money back and it losing big to GONE WITH THE WIND at the Oscars. What so good about this documentary is that we get all sorts of archival video including a lot taken at the Oscar ceremony where all sorts of famous faces can be seen. We also get some deleted scenes from the movie and a lot of production stills taken on the set. Fans of the movie are certainly going to love seeing all of this stuff and the history of the movie is so rich that even if you're not a fan you're probably going to enjoy this. We get interviews with all the main cast members as well as older interviews from those like Garland who weren't around when this was made. Margaret Hamilton gets some great time and tells a couple wonderful jokes about what happened when her agent called her to be in the film. She also discusses the accident on set that could have killed her and did end up burning her. The film also goes into the history of the film over the past few decades and how it kept getting more and more popular even though millions first saw it on television in B&W.


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