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Noel Langley (I) (1911–1980)


South African-born novelist, playwright and screenwriter, in Hollywood from the 1930's. He was best known as being one of the writing team of MGM's classic The Wizard of Oz (1939). Langley also wrote a screenplay for a second Oz film, based on 'The Marvelous Land of Oz', which was never produced. See more trivia »

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 2006 Apocalypse Oz (Short) (screenplay "The Wizard of Oz")
 2005 These Foolish Things (novel "There's A Porpoise Close Behind Us")
 1996 The Wizard of Oz on Ice (TV Movie) (story - uncredited)
 1995 The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True (TV Movie documentary) (story)
 1993 Workteams & the Wizard of Oz (Video documentary short) (screenplay "The Wizard of Oz")
 1990 We're Off to See... The Most Happy Fellows (Video) (story - uncredited)
 1974 Au théâtre ce soir (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Edouard mon fils (1974) ... (play)
 1968-1969 Jackanory (TV Series) (book - 5 episodes)
 1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series) (translation - 1 episode)
- The Burning Bush (1967) ... (translation)
 1967 Willst Du nicht das Lämmlein hüten? (TV Movie) (play "Little Lambs Eat Ivy")
 1963 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series) (teleplay and story - 1 episode)
- The Day of the Last Bugle (1963) ... (teleplay and story)
 1961 Snow White and the Three Stooges (screenplay)
 1961 The Best of the Post (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Return (1961) ... (writer)
  Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series) (adaptation - 2 episodes, 1958) (novel - 1 episode, 1958)
- Rip Van Winkle (1958) ... (adaptation)
- The Land of Green Ginger (1958) ... (adaptation) / (novel)
 1958 Studio 57 (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Stopover in Bombay (1958) ... (teleplay)
 1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Edward, My Son (1957) ... (play)
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode)
- The Wizard of Oz (1956) ... (screenplay - archive footage)
  The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) (play - 1 episode, 1955) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1954)
- Edward My Son (1955) ... (play)
- Hedda Gabler (1954) ... (adaptation)
 1954 Svengali
 1953 Knights of the Round Table (screenplay)
 1953 The Adventures of Sadie (writer)
 1952 The Prisoner of Zenda (screenplay)
 1952 Father's Doing Fine (play "Little Lambs Eat Ivy")
 1952 Ivanhoe (screenplay)
 1951 Tom Brown's Schooldays (screenplay)
 1951 A Christmas Carol (adaptation and screenplay)
 1950 Honeymoon Deferred (screenplay)
 1950 The Taming of Dorothy (english adaptation)
 1950 Trio
 1949 Adam and Evalyn (story)
 1949 Edward, My Son (play)
 1948 The Vicious Circle (adaptation - uncredited)
 1947 I Became a Criminal (screenplay)
 1941 Unexpected Uncle (screen play)
 1940 Florian
 1940 Northwest Passage (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1939 Babes in Arms (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1939 The Wizard of Oz (adaptation) / (screenplay)
 1938 Listen, Darling (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1938 Queer Cargo (play)
 1938 Marie Antoinette (uncredited)
 1937 Maytime
 1936 Secret of Stamboul (dialogue)
 1935 King of the Damned (additional dialogue - uncredited)
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Stage: Wrote "Edward, My Son", performed at His Majesty's Theatre in London, England, with Peggy Ashcroft and Robert Morley in the cast. Peter Ashmore was the director. NOTE: Filmed as Edward, My Son (1949), The United States Steel Hour: Edward My Son (1955)). See more »

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[on viewing The Wizard of Oz (1939) for the first time] I saw it in a cinema on Hollywood Boulevard at noon. And I sat and cried like a bloody child. I thought, "This is a year of my life". I loathed the picture. I thought it missed the boat all the way around. I had to wait for my tears to clear before I went out of the theater. [NOTE: Years later he saw the picture again and changed his opinion... See more »


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