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The Wizard of Oz (1939 movie)

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Original poster, 1939

The Wizard of Oz is a musical movie based on the 1900 book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The movie was made in the United States, and released to theatres in 1939. It was directed by Victor Fleming, and stars Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Frank Morgan, and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West.

The movie is about a little girl named Dorothy. She is carried away by a tornado, and lands in Oz, a colorful, magical country. She makes friends with many odd characters, and kills a Wicked Witch. She finally goes home with the help of the Good Witch Glinda, and a pair of ruby slippers.

The movie was a great success. Songs include the Academy Award winner, "Over the Rainbow". In 1956, the CBS television network began televising the movie annually on Thanksgiving Day in the United States. The movie has been named the most-watched movie in history by the Library of Congress.


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