The Wizard of Oz Collectibles

Collectibles with Jay Scarfone and William Stillman

This month we take a look back at the original Wizard of Oz merchandise. Those of us who love The Wizard of Oz are oftentimes Wizard of Oz collectors as well. Warner Bros. has engaged many licensed merchants to produce a wide range of quality Wizard of Oz items to appeal to all tastes. These … Read more

WHO was going to play Dorothy?

WHO was going to play Dorothy

It’s the same with all classic films. After seeing them a time or two, it becomes hard to imagine any other actors portraying your favorite characters. This is certainly true of The Wizard of Oz. Can anyone really picture anyone else playing Dorothy, The Wizard, Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, or Scarecrow? … Read more

King of the Jungle, and of His Craft as an Actor

King of the jungle, and of his craft as an actor

Bert Lahr was born Irving Lahrheim on August 13, 1895, in New York City. A hugely successful performer in burlesque, vaudeville, and on Broadway, he is best remembered today for his roles as the Cowardly Lion and Kansas farmworker Zeke in The Wizard of Oz. Like other star-struck youth of his generation, … Read more

The Wizard of Oz—the Magic is Timeless

The Wizard of Oz—the Magic is Timeless

What is it that has kept audiences so devoted to The Wizard of Oz, which seems to grow in popularity year after year? With all the viewing choices available these days, why is this iconic Hollywood film still one of the most popular movies of all time? Perhaps it’s because the technology, absolutely revolutionary … Read more

Are My Eyes Deceiving Me, or Was That the Cowardly Lion?

The Wizard of Oz   Costumes

The Wizard of Oz is considered by many to be the most popular movie ever made. There are many reasons why it’s so well loved: the story, the characters, the setting, and of course, let’s not forget the many colorful and mesmerizing costumes and fashions worn in the movie. And, as we … Read more