You have always had the power, my dear,
you just had to learn it for yourself.
— Glinda, the Good Witch of the North
WHAT IF WE KNEW ALL THAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF MUCH EARLIER IN LIFE, rather than nearer the end?
What would we reach for and achieve? What would we do differently?
What if we knew now all the potential and power that is within us?
THE WIZARD OF OZ IS AN AMERICAN MUSICAL COMEDY-DRAMA FANTASY FILM PRODUCED BY METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER IN 1939. It is the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
The movie stars Judy Garland with co-stars Ray Bolger, Jack Halen, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burk (Glinda, right) and Margaret Hamilton.
Notable for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score, and unusual characters, it has become an icon of American popular culture. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but lost to Gone with the Wind. It did win in two other categories, including Best Original Song for Over the Rainbow.
The film was a box office disappointment on its initial release, despite receiving largely positive reviews. It was MGM's most expensive production at that time, and did not turn a profit until theatrical re-releases starting in 1949.
The Easter 1956 television broadcast on CBS reintroduced the film to the wider public and eventually made the presentation an annual tradition, making it one of the most-known films in cinema history.
The Wizard of Oz is often ranked on best-movie lists in critics' and public polls. It was directed primarily by Victor Fleming who, ironically, left to take over direction of the troubled Gone with the Wind production.