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The Wizard of Oz Movie Review – Starring Judy Garland-Frank Morgan-Ray Bolger-and Burt Lahr

“The Wizard of Oz” is an incredible film based on L. Frank Baum’s fairy tale “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. The special effects are amazing for when the movie was made (1939), and the story and acting are equally amazing.

Life in Kansas

The movie begins in Kansas, presumably at around the turn of the century. Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is an orphan girl of about twelve who lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry on a farm. Dorothy is concerned because her dog Toto had bit the stern Almira Gulch (Margaret Hamilton, who later portrays the Wicked Witch of the West), and Dorothy fears the worst from her. She tries to get advice from her three farm hands Hunk (Ray Bolger, who later portrays the scarecrow), Hickory (Jack Haley, the Tin Man), and Zeke (Burt Lahr, the Cowardly Lion), but they don’t take her concern too seriously. Almira returns with an order from the sheriff authrorizing for her to have Toto destroyed, whence she places Toto in a basket and rides away on her bike. Toto escapes from the basket and returns home while Miss Gulch is riding away. Dorothy then decides she needs to run away with Toto, so she runs to the house of Professor Marvel (Frank Morgan, who later plays the Wizard as well as other roles). He sneaks a peek at a photo of Aunt Em, then pretends to see her in a crystal ball and tells Dorothy he sees her crying in order to try to dissuade her from running away. Dorothy and Toto then hurry back home. Meanwhile, a cyclone begins to appear. By the time Dorothy returns home, everyone is hiding in the storm cellar. Dorothy goes to her 토토핫 room, where the wind blows the window out of its frame, hitting her head and knocking her unconscious. She awakes to find her house being carried away by the cyclone. She looks out the window, first seeing some people she knows, then she sees Miss Gulch riding her bike and being transformed into a witch and her bicycle into a broomstick. A few moments later, the house lands along with Dorothy and Toto in Munchkinland, a wonderful village with small houses, trees, and brooks (now shown in vivid color).

Munchkinland

Dorothy is greeted by Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, who arrives in a bubble and tells her that her house fell on the Wicked Witch of the East, killing her. The Munchkins, the inhabitants of the land, come out and introduce themselves to Dorothy. Once they verify that the Wicked Witch is in fact dead, they celebrate, praising Dorothy. But then the Wicked Witch of the West appears, who happens to be the sister of the Wicked Witch of the East, and threatens to get even with Dorothy as well as Toto. Glinda makes the ruby slippers of the Wicked Witch of the East appear on Dorothy’s feet so that the Wicked Witch cannot harm her. The Wicked Witch then disappears. Dorothy expresses her wish to return home to Kansas. Glinda and the Munchkins tell her that in order to get home, she needs to follow the yellow-brick road, which leads to Emerald City, where lives the Wizard of Oz, who can get her home.

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