Cast of The Wizard of Oz - Judy Garland - 1939

The mighty miracle show

9200 living actors in the biggest sensation since Snow White

Amazing sights to see! The tornado – Munchkinland – Horse of a Different Color – Startling balloon ascent – Flying monkeys – Trees that talk and throw apples – More, more, more!!!

It’s all in “The Wizard of Oz.”

With Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin and The Munchkins

(Mason City Globe Gazette – September 1, 1939)


The Wizard of Oz (1939) original theatrical trailer

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The Wizard of Oz fun facts

It’s true! That truth is stranger than fiction!

IT’S TRUE! that the largest number of midgets ever gathered together anywhere in the world, were assembled to play the Munchkins in M-G-M’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’,” says Wiley Padan . . . “Sixty-two shades of all possible colors were used in the large Munchkin Village set. The screen version of L. Frank Baum’s famous story will be made in Technicolor. . . Mervyn Le Roy, producer, is planning to send the entire Village set to the New York World’s Fair following completion of the picture.” – Wiley Padan

Wizard of Oz facts from 1939


The Wizard of Oz is here to delight the kids (1939)


9200 living actors in The Wizard of Oz!

“The Wizard of Oz!” — 100 minutes of unforgettable entertainment!

The book that 80 million[s] read! The play 941 cities saw! Now the greatest technicolor show-world miracle since Snow White!

The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) – August 17, 1939

Wizard of Oz opening ads - August 1939


Wizard blows into Kentucky

MGM’s magic show of shows — Greatest show-world miracle since Snow White. A triumph of Technicolor!

The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) – August 19, 1939

It had to be star-crowded! It had to be painted with Technicolor’s rainbow! It had to be glorified with laughter and song. It had to have a record cost of 9,200 living actors! It had to be the most costly film ever made. It had to be all of these things — to be the greatest musical show miracle since “Snow White.” Watch the wonders whiz by — in a whiz of a show!

Greatest miracle - Wizard of Oz 1939


The Wizard of Oz hits St Louis

Now! Broadway’s greatest musical hit now the screen’s Technicolorful masterpiece

Wizard of Oz - St Louis - August 1939

Fantasy in fashion: The Wizard of Oz costumes (1939)

The Wizard of Oz - Follow the yellow brick road

AGAIN: See it one more time: Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion and the Wizard himself!


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