It's hard to believe that it has been so long ago that we traveled down the yellow brick road. That beautiful movie we saw so many times as we were growing up. That wonderful tale that took us away from Kansas to land of Oz. The friends we met along the way to see the wizard. The Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and who can forget the Scarecrow as we danced and laughed our way along that cherished road.
The cast are almost all gone but they still live on inside ourselves. Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Margaret Hamilton all beloved members of our family. This year the Academy awards will pay tribute to this wonderful movie. This cherished piece of history. This beloved memory of our childhood. Enjoy. Below is a movie review I did some time ago and I hope you enjoy taking a look at it. Kudos Academy for touching our hearts.
'The Wizard of Oz' - It was released back in 1939. It was at the end of the Great Depression. It was prior to WWII. It is a mainstay in the American Psyche. It is an institution in the film industry. It is a legend among movies and it lost a munchkin. The "flower pot" munchkin Margaret Pelligrini passed away yesterday. Leaving only two munchkins left Jerry Maren "the Lollipop Kid" and a "villager" by the name of Ruth Duccini.
Our story is about a young girl by the name of Dorothy (Judy Garland) from Kansas who gets swept up in a tornado and is whisked away to Oz. She is confronted by a bunch of munchkins when she first arrives and is later befriended by a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), and a Tin Man (Jack Haley). They are all searching for something and they want to see the Wizard Of Oz played by (Frank Morgan). Our group is also being chased by the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) because of the ruby slippers Dorothy is wearing.
The songs are the songs of our childhood. The movie is one of the first movies I ever saw. It is sad to think that almost all the cast is gone. I'm sorry but it is a sad day for any of us who used to watch the movie every year it came on television when we were growing up. A part of our youth is passing away.
Director Victor Fleming probably never had any idea just what a popular movie he was involved in at the time. It was a movie as I said that was following the Great Depression and it was obliged with putting a smile back onto everyone's face after such a dreadful decade.
If you have never seen it then please take the time to watch and think of all the joy and smiles it has put on faces in the last seventy four years.