Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Oz matters

Mooning over the 70th Anniversary Edition
of this wondrous classic film led me to these backstage photos of the Wizard of Oz in the making (courtesy of Chris Wild at Retronaut). Below, director Victor Fleming positions some cast members; Judy takes a break from shooting (and the ruby slippers), with some vaguely louche Munchkins loitering in the background; and a shot is set up while the Wicked Witch straddles the roof.

Finally, here are some 1902/03 interpretations of Baum's iconic characters. (The Tin Man in a kilt? What's up with that? And Dorothy is somewhat of a hottie!)




12 comments:

  1. I love the lion from the 1902 photos. I wish the lion would have looked all short and weird like that in the movie!

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    1. The lion is a direct representation of Denslow's illustrations in the first edition.

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  2. Sometimes I wish Judy Garland's real name was Judith, and not Frances.

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  3. Love the revisionist TV listing at the top.

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    1. Did Ambrose Bierce write that plot synopsis?

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    2. It's always really great when the TV listing folks go rogue.

      There used to be a blog dedicated to funny Comcast descriptions, but I'm not sure if its still up and running.

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  4. Re: Fred Hamlin's Hashish Dreams extravaganza--
    Did they dress like that in Kansas?

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  5. WILHELM THADDEUS FINKNovember 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    WOW!! That description is hilarious:) Per usual, our Gleaners should come up with their own!! I'm neither ambitious enough or terribly original. Let the game begin?!

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    1. Louche caption for louche munchkin photo:
      "I can put out any fire at ten paces! C'mon, try me! Who's got a match?"

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    2. What? Oh, GROSS!
      How bout a line for Judy?
      "I'm pretending I didn't hear that, little man!"

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    3. The 1st photo:
      "Who you callin' short, lardo? Bite me!"

      Lovable little munchkins!

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  6. A new Wizard of OZ is coming out next year. The previews look really good!

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