Classic Film Club

THE WIZARD OF OZ1939

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz
© 1939 Loew's Incorporated

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Source of Film

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

PRODUCER DETAIL

Mervyn LeRoy (c1950)

Director Detail

DIRECTOR DETAIL

Victor Fleming (c1925)

Film Run-time and Synopsis

RUNTIME & SYNOPSIS

1 hour, 41 minutes

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

Film Comments

FILM COMMENTS

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

Film Awards

FILM AWARDS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

OSCAR NOMINEE
WINNER

MPAA Rating

MPAA RATING

No rating

Box Office Ranking

BOX OFFICE RANKING

  • 1939 Domestic Box Office Rank: #2[1]U.S. flag

Theatrical Revenues

GROSS

  • (Adjusted Gross in $millions)
  • Domestic Theatrical Release:  $304[1]U.S. flag

Original Film Distributor

DISTRIBUTOR

Sources

SOURCES

Film Run-time and Synopsis

RUNTIME & SYNOPSIS

1 hour, 41 minutes

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

Film Comments

FILM COMMENTS

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

Film Awards

FILM AWARDS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

OSCAR NOMINEE
WINNER

MPAA Rating

MPAA RATING

No rating

Box Office Ranking

BOX OFFICE RANKING

  • 1939 Domestic Box Office Rank: #2[1]U.S. flag

Theatrical Revenues

GROSS

  • (Adjusted Gross in $millions)
  • Domestic Theatrical Release:  $304[1]U.S. flag

Original Film Distributor

DISTRIBUTOR

Sources

SOURCES