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August 15

Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz

Clad in her ruby-red slippers, a young Judy Garland repeated “there’s no place like home” and made us believe in flying monkeys and talking scarecrows.

Photo by Turner Entertainment Co.

1939: The Great and Powerful Oz
The Wizard of Oz opens in movie theaters
The Wizard of Oz, based on a book by L. Frank Baum, is one of the most spectacular fantasy musicals Hollywood ever generated. Surely the audience gasped in delight when Dorothy opened the door of her twister-flung farmhouse for her first peek at Oz and the black-and-white image erupted into glorious Technicolor.

Between the antics of the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man; the green fury of the Wicked Witch of the West; and the bluster of the Wizard himself before he is revealed as a fake, there is much to savor about this gem of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The film went on to be nominated for six Academy Awards.®
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