The Wizard of Oz turns 80


A film that was released before any of us were born is about to celebrate its 80th birthday.

If ever there was a movie that could touch the heart of millions, and demonstrate why we love movies: this is it.

Spanning time, generations, cultures and countries - this classic still brings a smile to us all. Do you have favorite scenes, characters, lines, themes or songs?

My favorite song is Over The Rainbow, in fact, it's one of my favorite songs of all time.

So many scenes to enjoy : I still laugh at the scene of the Cowardly Lion running down the hall and jumping out the window. Love to watch the Scarecrow start off on wobbly legs when he's let down from the pole, and then joyously dance. Those two are probably my favorite characters as well. And the 4 friends linking arms while going off on the yellow brick road never grows old for me.

Line (of the day) is when Dorothy asks how the Scarecrow can talk - and he observes that some people with no brains do an awful lot of talking.

Best theme- the joy of friendship.

All comments welcome

Happy Birthday to The Wizard of Oz - may you stay forever young.

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Ghouls, vampires, werewolves... let's party.
The Wizard of Oz is my favorite MGM movie and I think my favorite scene is when Dorothy first steps into the very colorful Munchkinland. I'm always amazed at how brilliant the color was for a movie released in 1939 (And I'm colorblind!).

Of course, my favorite song is Over the Rainbow.

Believe it or not...I've only seen The Wizard of Oz once and that was only fairly recently. I liked it too. One of these days I'll have to rewatch it.
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A truly iconic movie that I've watched countless times.
Favourite scene is of course when the trees show the true, evil and vindictive nature that all trees possess.
The deadline for the pre-1930s countdown is fast approaching.

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Someone asked me in an interview awhile back, what is a song that you'd wished you'd written. Without hesitation I answered "Over the Rainbow".

The Harold Harlen/Yip Harburg song is arguably the finest song ever written for a musical.


It is a film that i have grown to like more and more each time i watch it.
I didn't really like it after the first viewing, giving it a 4/10 in the book 1001 movies to see before you die. But then my children wanted to watch it, so i sat and watched it with them and i found it to be better than i last thought. I have watched it a few more times since then and like it more and more.

When does this hit public domain?

From Wikipedia:

"The 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz is the most well-known adaptation of The Wizard of Oz; in many respects, its popularity surpassed the original book. Its copyright was renewed in 1967,[3] so it will remain copyrighted for a 95-year term, entering the public domain in 2035."

Here are a couple of links about the copyright of The Wizard of Oz books and movies:

Is The Wizard of Oz in the public domain?

Copyright status of The Wizard of Oz and related works in the United States
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