Happy 71st Anniversary 'Wizard of Oz'

Happy 71st Anniversary 'Wizard of Oz'

Today is the 71st anniversary of the release of the classic film 'The Wizard of Oz' starring Judy Garland.

To celebrate the Smithsonian Snapshot shared this picture of the original Scarecrow costume which is currently in their archives.  They also share:

On Aug. 25, 1939, “The Wizard of Oz” debuted in theaters nationwide. Ray Bolger wore this straw-stuffed patchwork costume as the Scarecrow, one of the friends who accompanied Dorothy to the Emerald City in the 1939 Technicolor film. Designed by Gilbert Adrian, MGM’s premier costume artist, the straw-stuffed clothing fit loosely enough so that Bolger could perform his comedic dance number, “If I Only Had a Brain.”

Not shown in this photo is the most troublesome part of Bolger's scarecrow outfit—a rubber face mask designed to simulate burlap. Under the hot lights on the set, the mask was stifling and it frequently had to be replaced. The mask did not last for more than a day—Bolger went through more than 40 masks during the shooting of the movie.

Gwendolyn R. Bolger, Bolger’s wife, donated this costume to the Smithsonian in 1987 with a spare bag of raffia to stuff the costume.

I don't know about you, but I absolutely adore The Wizard of Oz, its one of those movies that I remember watching as a child and still enjoy watching today.  There's something about the special effects, which were in their infancy at the time, and the switching of sepia film to technicolor when Dorothy gets to Oz.  It could be the witches, the munchkins or even those three guys that help Dorothy make her way to the Emerald City but it's just one of those films that never gets old (maybe because it was already old when I was a kid).

Honestly though, how many other 71 year old movies are still watched and adored by people......oh well, there is "The Women" because if you throw a lamb chop in the oven what's to keep it from getting done!

What's your favorite scene from The Wizard of Oz?

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