20 Facts About Oz’s Bewitching Billie Burke

20 Facts About Oz’s Bewitching Billie Burke

This month, we present some interesting information about actress-comedienne Billie Burke, who portrayed Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, in the classic film. Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, in The Wizard of Oz serves as Dorothy’s benevolent protector against the threatening danger of the Wicked Witch of the West. … Read more

The Wizard of Oz and the Amazing Technicolor Process

The Wizard of Oz and the Amazing Technicolor Process

Of all of the wonderful elements that made The Wizard of Oz shine, one of the most memorable is its clever use of color. While the 1939 film was not the first to be shot in color, its bright production design and saturated palette made it stand out. So why did the … Read more

Fan Q&A: Part One

Fan Q&A with Jay Scarfone and William Stillman

Fans were invited on the film’s official Facebook page to submit questions about The Wizard of Oz. Here are some of the questions and answers. There were so many questions posed by fans of The Wizard of Oz. Much of what folks were asking was fresh and original, and overall the questions … Read more

Frank Morgan: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Frank Morgan: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – A Guest Blog Post by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman

In 1938, Frank Morgan was one of Hollywood’s “featured players,” that is, an actor who was not a major star in terms of box office draw and revenue, but was a reliable and competent performer who was an audience favorite. Morgan was born Francis Phillip Wuppermann on June 1, 1890, in New … Read more

Oz Around The World

Oz Around The World

It’s no secret that The Wizard of Oz has been an American Treasure, certainly one of the most loved and respected films Hollywood has ever produced. While it’s natural to think of the film and its impact in the US, it’s remarkable also to contemplate the effects The Wizard of Oz has … Read more

From Scratch: The Amazing Sets of The Wizard of Oz

The Amazing Sets of The Wizard of Oz

Back in the day, MGM was a studio among studios, known for its expansive acreage, a multitude of soundstages, and an impressive stable of Hollywood stars, which included Clark Gable, Mickey Rooney, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy and, of course, Judy Garland. MGM had its own train station, park and zoo, and plenty … Read more

A Regal Homage to the King of the Forest

A Regal Homage to the King of the Forest – A Guest Blog Post by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman

The Wizard of Oz is considered one of the most perfectly cast movies ever made. Despite initial cries of opposition from fans and the press, Judy Garland was young Dorothy Gale. Ray Bolger and Jack Haley embodied those two loveable clowns, the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman—characters that were endeared to theatergoers from … Read more

Happy Birthday to The Wizard of Oz!

Happy Birthday to The Wizard of Oz! – A Guest Blog Post by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman

By September 1939, The Wizard of Oz had premiered on both coasts and was playing in first-run theatres across the country. Getting to the point of debuting one of the most highly anticipated films of the year was a long and arduous process that has been recounted in many documentaries and books, … Read more

25 Fun Facts About Judy Garland

25 Fun Facts About Judy Garland – A Guest Blog Post by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman

In 1939, Judy Garland charmed moviegoers with her portrayal of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, earning her a spot in our collective hearts for all time. In honor of her birth month, here are 25 tidbits about Judy that may surprise and entertain you. Her birthday is on June 10. Prior … Read more