20 Facts About Oz’s Bewitching Billie Burke

20 Facts About Oz's Bewitching Billie Burke

Billie Burke was a special star in the movie world, best known for her role as the kind and gentle Glinda the Good Witch in the famous film “The Wizard of Oz.” Born in 1884, her journey to Hollywood stardom was filled with interesting twists and turns. Before she became a household … 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

Margaret Hamilton – The Wicked Witch Everyone Loves to Hate

Margaret Hamilton

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 Experts Answer Your Questions

Oz Experts Answer Your Questions on Facebook

Fans were recently invited to ask questions about The Wizard of Oz movie or anything else Oz related. The response was extraordinary, which probably comes as no surprise to Oz fans.  There has been enormous fan participation which has proven that this timeless classic is still a favorite among young and old. … Read more

Oz at the 1939 Oscars

Oscars Awards

We recently profiled Pink’s performance of “Over the Rainbow” at this year’s Academy Awards® show. Her stunning rendition, a tribute to the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, was enthusiastically applauded by everyone in attendance, most notably perhaps, Judy Garland’s own three children. Most aficionados of the film know that The … Read more

More Fun Facts From The Making of The Wizard of Oz!

The Wizard of Oz Lahr Garland Bolger Haley 1939

Here are some more fun facts about the making of The Wizard of Oz! Enjoy! The flying monkeys were originally going to be animated, but it didn’t work with the rest of the film. In the scenes where they are flying in to capture Dorothy, the monkeys are actually made out of … Read more

Fun Oz Facts in a Fun Oz Article

Fun Oz Facts in a Fun Oz Article

What? The Wicked Witch had glasses like Miss Gulch? Hot air balloons on Professor Marvel’s wagon? Dorothy’s hidden dress pocket? The film’s homage to Snow White’s Evil Queen? If you thought you knew everything about your favorite movie, you may want to check this out. The book The Wizard of Oz: The … Read more

Now That’s a Horse!

The Wizard of Oz movie poster

“What kind of a horse is that?” you may remember Dorothy asking as she and her friends rode through the Emerald City, watching the horse that pulled their carriage repeatedly change colors. “I’ve never seen a horse like that like before.” “No, and never will again, I fancy,” came the driver’s reply. … Read more

What Else Was Happening in America in 1939?

Wizard of OZ movie poster

As eventful as the opening of The Wizard of Oz was in 1939, it was far from the only occurrence of importance that year. Here are just some of the other things that happened: On January 6, the daily newspaper comic strip featuring the man of steel — Superman – debuts. On … Read more