Margaret Hamilton – The Wicked Witch Everyone Loves to Hate

Margaret Hamilton – The Wicked Witch Everyone Loves to Hate – A Guest Blog Post by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman

Our blog post this month is in honor of Margaret Hamilton, the wonderfully Wicked Witch of the West, who was born on December 9, 1902. Mention The Wicked Witch to any fan of The Wizard of Oz and chances are they’ll either react with an imitation of the green-complexioned villainess’s evil cackle … 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

Haute Couture Meets Oz, and Helps a Worthy Cause

Haute Couture Meets Oz, and Helps a Worthy Cause

Marc Jacobs, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson, and others are among the most esteemed and talented designers in the world, but they also belong to another noteworthy group. They’re all huge fans of the unforgettable film, The Wizard of Oz. That’s why each of them and a host … 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

There’s No Place Like Home!

There’s No Place Like Home!

In honor of the current collaborative campaign among Warner Bros., The Wizard of Oz and Habitat for Humanity, we have chosen Dorothy’s famous declaration, “There’s no place like home!” as the theme of this month’s blog. When we think about our earliest memories of watching The Wizard of Oz for the first … Read more

Meet the Scarecrow!

Meet the Scarecrow

Faithfully based on the beloved character immortalized by Ray Bolger in the 1939 film, The Scarecrow™ has been brought to life by R. JOHN WRIGHT DOLLS for the first time in the medium of molded felt and cloth. Standing 18 inches tall, he is fully jointed at the shoulders, hips, knees, elbows, … Read more

Things Are About to Get UGLY for The Wizard of Oz!

Things are about to get UGLY for The Wizard of Oz!

Pretty Ugly, LLC. and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced today that they have entered a co-branded collaboration to create plush based on The Wizard of Oz™ and UGLYDOLL characters. Fan-favorite UGLYDOLL characters, Moxy™, Wage™, Jeero™, Babo™ and OX™ are all dressed up and ready to follow along the Yellow Brick Road as … Read more

Fantastically Fashionable

Fantastically Fashionable

Like so many of you, we were intrigued and excited to learn of the initiative between Warner Bros. and Tonner Doll to invite twenty top fashion designers to recreate outfits for the “three leading ladies of Oz”— Dorothy, Glinda, and The Wicked Witch. In fact, this inspired us to look at how … Read more