One of my all-time favorite movies is “The Wizard of Oz.” I loved it as a child and looked forward to watching it every year — which back in the day, was the only time you got to see it.
I am so excited children everywhere, and fans like me, can see “The Wizard of Oz” on the big screen for three days this month! That is right, to celebrate the iconic film, you can see the show at select theaters all over Atlanta (and here in Cumming) on Jan. 27, 29 and 30.
Do you know much about the author of the original book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?” L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) had many jobs during his lifetime. He worked as a poultry breeder, a traveling salesman, a playwright and an actor to name just a few jobs he had before he penned the classic tale about a young girl from Kansas who found herself in the magical land of Oz.
Where and when to see “The Wizard of Oz”
Sunday, Jan. 27
AMC Avenue Forsyth 12
350 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming
2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Regal Avalon 12
3950 1’st Street, Alpharetta
Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus IMAX
3333 A Buford Drive, Buford
Tuesday, Jan. 29
7 p.m. at all three theaters
Wednesday, Jan. 30
7 p.m. at all three theaters
Baum, who obviously had a vivid imagination, used to tell stories to his four sons and it was his mother-in-law who encouraged him to write his stories down in a children’s book. Baum did so in 1897, writing “Mother Goose in Prose.” Although that book did not do particularly well, his second book, “Father Goose, His Book,” did quite well and paved the way for his wildly successful Oz book, published in 1900. Baum was 44-years old.
MGM released “The Wizard of Oz” to the big screen in 1939. They had spent an enormous amount of money for the times, and had used technicolor, a relatively new film process that had only been in use since 1932. Did you know Dorothy’s slippers in the book were silver? Of course, in the movie they were a vivid red.
What little girl didn’t want a pair of those ruby red slippers? I sure did!
It is hard to believe the movie was not the blockbuster you might think it was. It was not until the movie was shown on television in 1956 it became the iconic American classic we know it to be today. They began showing it once a year on television in 1959 and continued to do so until 1991.
Judy Garland was only 16 years old when she starred in the movie — her amazing rendition of “Over the Rainbow” won an Oscar for Best Song and Score. “The Wizard of Oz” lost best picture to “Gone with the Wind.”
Isn’t amazing how they had so many good movies at one time back in the day? Don’t believe me? A few other movies nominated for best picture that year were “Wuthering Heights,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and “Of Mice and Men,” all amazing movies and all true classics. Hollywood should take note of history.
If you need some cheering up, and who doesn’t during these dreary, wet, cold, grey days, mark your calendars and go see “The Wizard of Oz” on the big screen. Take your children or grandchildren for a fun-filled and magical experience. Just follow the yellow brick road!
South Forsyth resident Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at email@example.com.