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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Source of Film

The Wonderful World of Oz

Baum's first novel, published in 1900, was an immediate best-selling children's book.   Although he published poetry, plays and produced films, the public preferred his Oz series which he extended to 17 novels before his death in 1919.

After the huge success of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), MGM bought the rights for the novel from film producer Samuel Goldwyn and the story went through many iterations with the contributions of nearly a dozen screenwriters.   Even so, it retains major elements of the original novel.

Producer Detail

Mervyn LeRoy (c1950)

Director Detail

Victor Fleming (c1925)

Movie Rating

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Average Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)   (107 votes cast)

Film Run-time and Synopsis

1 hour, 41 minutes

A girl from Kansas is conked on the head and comes to in a strange land. She then begins an adventure to find and ask a great wizard to help her return home.

Film Comments

The Wizard of Oz recorded a loss after it's first theatre run and was initially considered a financial failure by MGM.

Film Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

OSCAR NOMINEE
WINNER

MPAA Rating

No rating

Box Office Ranking

  • 1939 Domestic Box Office Rank: #8U.S. flag

Theatrical Revenues

  • (Adjusted Gross in $millions)
  • Domestic Theatrical Release:  $33.7mU.S. flag

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