On August 25th, 1939, the “Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland opened in the US.
The classic film, based on the original novel by L. Frank Baum, was released to audiences amidst the turmoil of the Great Depression. Enchanting, whimsical, and always a delight to watch, “The Wizard of Oz” takes us far over the rainbow.
Audiences aren’t the only ones inspired, either. Critics have given high ratings of the movie since it was first released, and continue to do so to this day. Rotten Tomatoes gives “The Wizard of Oz” 99% overall, while IMDb gives it 8.1/10. These scores top “Suicide Squad” (26%) and “Ben-Hur” (5.4/10).
While there aren’t that many differences from the book, a lot of changes were made to make up for less screen time and to possibly avoid confusion. For instance, the good witch who sent Dorothy to the Emerald City and Glinda the Good Witch of the South are two different people. More commonly known may be the fact that, in the book, the magical slippers are silver, not ruby red like the movie.
1939 was also one of the many fantastic years of “The Golden Age” of Hollywood. Not only was “The Wizard of Oz” released, but also “Gone with the Wind” starring Vivien Leigh (who won the Oscar that year for her performance), “The Little Princess” starring Shirley Temple, Charlie Chaplin, The Three Stooges, and The Marx Brothers, just to name a few.
“The Wizard of Oz” is not only one of the biggest movies of all time, it is also the movie that has become a highlight of “The Golden Age” and it all started on this day 77 years ago.
Who’s your favorite “The Wizard of Oz” character?