Series: Cinema Classics
In honor of the film's 75th anniversary, we're proud to present the classic THE WIZARD OF OZ, sponsored by All Classical Portland and hosted by Edmund Stone, producer/host of the popular syndicated movie music program, "The Score." Featuring a prelude of live cinema organ music played by Don Feely (long time accompanist at Portland's old Organ Grinder Restaurant) and a Warner Bros. cartoon and Pathe newsreel from 1939!
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939): Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. When the film was released by MGM in 1939 with a budget of $3 million, it was the studio's most expensive production to date, and it barely broke even, thanks in part to that year's phenomenal competition which included GONE WITH THE WIND, MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. In fact, it would take television re-runs for THE WIZARD OF OZ to earn universal popularity. It's now considered one of the top 10 films ever made.