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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The magical influence that The Wizard of Oz (1939) had on future entertainment and continues to have on audiences, writers, collectors, and more.

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Willard Carroll ...
Himself - Oz collector
Jane Lahr ...
Herself, daughter of Bert Lahr
Margaret Pellegrini ...
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August Clarence Swenson ...
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Mickey Carroll ...
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Himself (as Karl Slover)
Stephen Cox ...
Himself - author of 'The Munchkins of Oz'
Dona Massin ...
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Jerry Maren ...
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Ruth Duccini ...
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Himself - Oz-ocologist
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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 »

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Nice Short on Oz
3 July 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Memories of Oz (2001)

*** (out of 4)

Documentary short features interviews with seven of the original Munchkin actors, Stephen Cox, author of The Munchkins of Oz as well as other fans including John Waters. This short runs just over twenty-minutes so you're not going to learn everything about the film but there are other documentaries out there than can give you more information. The best thing about this movie are hearing the stories by the seven Munchkin actors as they have first-hand knowledge of the filming. They tell some wonderful stories about the production and hearing them discuss Judy Garland was pretty fun. It seems all of them thought very highly of her and her talents. We also get Buddy Ebsen explaining why he had to be replaced by Jack Haley in the role of the Tin Man and we also hear how they did the B&W to color effect so well. Perhaps the best point is made by Waters when he questions why Dorothy would want to leave Oz for Kansas. Fans of the film will find enough here to make it worth watching.


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