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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic (1990)

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.


Jack Haley Jr.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Herself - Hostess
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 John Lahr ... Himself - Son of Bert Lahr (voice)
Buddy Ebsen ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert A. Baum Robert A. Baum ... Himself - L. Frank Baum's Grandson (voice) (archive footage)
Harold Arlen Harold Arlen ... Himself (archive footage)


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.

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English | Spanish | French | German

Release Date:

20 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic See more »

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Did You Know?


In the background can be heard some of the incidental orchestral music outtakes that never made it into The Wizard of Oz (1939). These outtakes can also be heard on Rhino Music's 2-CD Deluxe Soundtrack Album of the film. See more »


The documentary states that "The Wizard of Oz" was nominated for five Oscars. It was actually nominated for six. See more »


References Jesse James (1939) See more »

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Magical documentary take me over the rainbow with historical film information.
9 April 2016 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

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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