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20 February 1990 (USA) See more »
Documentary about the making of the 1939 MGM classic film The Wizard of Oz. Includes interviews of cast and crew members, their families and fans of the film. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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Angela Lansbury ... Herself - Host

Mervyn LeRoy ... Himself (archive footage)

Ray Bolger ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Haley ... Himself (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... Herself (archive footage)

Walt Disney ... Himself (archive footage)

Shirley Temple ... Herself (archive footage)

Liza Minnelli ... Herself

Lorna Luft ... Herself - daughter of Judy Garland

Billie Burke ... Herself (archive footage)

Margaret Hamilton ... Herself (archive footage)
John Lahr ... Himself - son of Bert Lahr (voice)

Buddy Ebsen ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert A. Baum ... Himself - L. Frank Baum's grandson (voice) (archive footage)
Harold Arlen ... Himself (archive footage)
E.Y. Harburg ... Himself (archive footage)

David O. Selznick ... Himself (archive footage)

King Vidor ... Himself (archive footage)
Jerry Maren ... Himself

Meinhardt Raabe ... Himself (also archive footage)

Adrian ... Himself (archive footage)
A. Arnold Gillespie ... Himself (archive footage) (as Buddy Gillespie)

Robert Young ... Himself
Joey Luft ... Himself

Jack Paar ... Himself (archive footage)

Mickey Rooney ... Himself (archive footage)

Louis B. Mayer ... Himself (archive footage)
Fiorello LaGuardia ... Himself (archive footage)

James Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)

Charles Laughton ... Himself (archive footage)

Vivien Leigh ... Herself (archive footage)

Bob Hope ... Himself (archive footage)

Victor Fleming ... Himself (archive footage)

Herbert Stothart ... Himself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Becker ... Munchkin Mayor (archive footage)

Clara Blandick ... Herself / Aunt Em (archive footage)

Bette Davis ... Herself (archive footage)
Arthur Freed ... Himself (archive footage)

Bert Lahr ... Himself / Cowardly Lion (archive footage)

Elsa Lanchester ... Herself (archive footage)

Myrna Loy ... Herself (archive footage)

Frank Morgan ... Himself / Wizard of Oz (archive footage)

Laurence Olivier ... Himself (archive footage)
Margaret Raabe ... Herself

George Raft ... Himself (archive footage)

Norma Shearer ... Herself (archive footage)

Terry ... Herself / Toto (archive footage)
Tom Snyder ... Himself - interviewer: Ray Bolger and Jack Haley (archive footage) (uncredited)
Howard Strickling ... Himself (announcer for 'Wizard of Oz' trailer) (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Haley Jr. 
Writing credits
Jack Haley Jr. 

Stanley Ralph Ross 

Aljean Harmetz (book "The Making of The Wizard of Oz")

John Fricke (book "The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History of The Wizard of Oz") and
Jay Scarfone (book "The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History of The Wizard of Oz") and
William Stillman (book "The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History of The Wizard of Oz")

Produced by
John Fricke .... associate producer
Jack Haley Jr. .... producer
Aljean Harmetz .... consulting producer
David Niven Jr. .... executive producer
Film Editing by
David E. Blewitt 
Sound Department
Lee Alexander .... sound mixer
Paul Schremp .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Ryan .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Bruce Motyer .... on-line editor
James Seidelman .... assistant editor (as James L. Seidelman)
Music Department
Herbert Stothart .... composer: incidental music from "The Wizard of Oz"
Herbert Stothart .... conductor: "Oz" musical score
Other crew
Jessica Berman Bogdan .... researcher (as Jessica Berman-Bogdan)
Joel Fredrick .... researcher: stills & text
Marge Karney .... assistant: Jack Haley Jr.
Woolsey Ackerman .... acknowledgment (as Woolsey Richard Ackerman)
Mike Douglas .... acknowledgment
Fern Formica .... acknowledgment
Nell Hill .... acknowledgment (as Mrs. Arnold Gillespie)
Miles Kreuger .... acknowledgment
Garrick Langley .... acknowledgment
Warner LeRoy .... acknowledgment
Jack Paar .... acknowledgment
Margaret Pellegrini .... acknowledgment
Sue Proko .... acknowledgment
Barbara Saltzman .... acknowledgment
Richard Schickel .... acknowledgment
Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson .... acknowledgment: footage and stills courtesy of (as Patricia Ziegfeld-Stephenson)
Rhys Thomas .... acknowledgment
William J. Tomkin .... acknowledgment
David L. Wolper .... acknowledgment
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic" - USA (alternative title)
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52 min
Australia:G | Finland:K-7 (2005) | UK:U | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Originally shown as a short feature immediately following the 1990 telecast of "The Wizard of Oz".See more »
Factual errors: The documentary states that "The Wizard of Oz" was nominated for five Oscars. It was actually nominated for six.See more »
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Magical documentary take me over the rainbow with historical film information., 9 April 2016
Author: Danny Blankenship from Petersburg, Virginia

This 1990 documentary to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the magical 1939 film "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is well worth a watch as it's informative and tells the whole story about the behind the scenes making of the film from it's money issues and casting changes to it's release and how it became a national icon. It even shows clips of Oz footage in different countries and how the film sounds in their respective languages! And interviews from the cast are shown as you get to hear from Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton, and it tells a lot of historical background about Judy Garland and her grown children are even interviewed. This is hosted by the classy and fine TV character actress Angela Lansbury plus it's directed by the son of the "Tin Man" in one Jack Haley Jr. So if your an "Oz" fan this is one documentary not to miss so go over the rainbow with it's bundle of information!

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