Interviews with filmmakers/fans Willard Carroll and John Waters, Stephen Cox, author of The Munchkins of Oz, Munchkin actors and others on the impact and influence of the 1939 MGM film version of The Wizard of Oz.


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Complete credited cast:
Willard Carroll ...
Himself - Oz collector
Jane Lahr ...
Herself, daughter of Bert Lahr
Margaret Pellegrini ...
August Clarence Swenson ...
Himself (as Clarence Swensen)
Mickey Carroll ...
Himself (as Karl Slover)
Stephen Cox ...
Himself - author of 'The Munchkins of Oz'
Dona Massin ...
Jerry Maren ...
Ruth Duccini ...
Himself - Oz-ocologist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herself / Dorothy Gale (archive footage)


Actors who played Munchkins, Bert Lahr's daughter, John Waters, the film's choreographer, film critics, and others tell stories about the making of the "Wizard of Oz," discuss its special effects, and assess its place in film history. Munchkins also talk about Judy Garland, the set, and the rehearsals; Buddy Ebsen describes his short-lived and nearly-fatal time as the Tin Man; and, footage from the film illustrates the points made by talking heads. Written by <>

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24 June 2001 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In the scene showing 1939 merchandising to promote "The Wizard of Oz", we see a 45-RPM record entitled "Art Carney narrates The Wizard of Oz". This record could not have existed at the time the film was released and so heavily merchandised because Art Carney had not yet become famous in 1939. Other 45 RPM records featuring songs from the film are seen, but these had to have been made years later also, because there were no 45 RPM records in 1939. See more »


Features Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) See more »

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Memories Of Oz- Off to see the Wonders-****
3 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wonderful documentary dealing with the making and executing of 1939's "The Wizard of Oz."

The gentleman, who never understood why Dorothy would want to go back to her dull life in Kansas and give up the wonders of Oz, completely misses the point. It was the love of Aunt Em and Uncle Henry that would want her to go back. Remember there were strong family ties depicted in the film.

There was another excellent opinion where someone compared the world going to World War 11 to the violence of the picture. While this might sound naive, there were cartoons depicting Hitler as the Wicked Witch and England as the cowardly lion. While it sounds far-fetched, remember German Composer Richard Wagner's work would mirror the upcoming violence of World War 1.

It was a pleasure to listen to the Munchkins talk about the film. It meant so much to them.

How smart it is to say that this picture should never be made over. What a gem of a book by L.Frank Baum, who gave us such memorable characters, and a resulting film which will always be treasured. The film was certainly beyond the rainbow.

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