We’re all about Judy Garland this week, so we’re treating everyone to a trip down the memory lane with an interesting behind the scenes footage from The Wizard of Oz. Learn more about one of the Hollywood star’s most popular film after the jump!
While not the first film of the popular children’s novel, the 1939 The Wizard of Oz movie was certainly the best known of all these adaptations. The MGM film, which starred the then rising star Judy Garland, has been as legendary as the beautiful and talented singer-actress herself.
The film, based on the 1900 children’s novel by L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, tells about the adventures of a Kansas farm girl named Dorothy Gale in a strange, foreign land. Judy Garland, who was billed by many as “the little girl with a great, big voice,” was sixteen when she was chosen to play the lead role of Dorothy Gale. According to a footage by Cliffmount Pictures, Shirley Temple, one of the biggest child stars during the time, was considered for the role, but producers thought the film’s singing parts may be too much for the 10-year-old Temple.
One of Garland’s most popular numbers in the film was “Over the Rainbow,” composed by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg for the film. The classic song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and eventually became forever associated with Garland.
Aside from Judy Garland’s part in the film, the 1939 MGM classic was notable and unforgettable for its use of fantasy storytelling, special effects, unique characters, and the color motion picture process Technicolor. Here’s an interesting CBS footage featuring the film’s behind the scenes, special effects, and impressive actors:
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