Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Essential Films Podcast - Episode #17: The Wizard of Oz (1939)



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There’s no place like home. On today’s Thanksgiving podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1939 MGM classic: THE WIZARD OF OZ! On this week’s show:

More Alamo Drafthouse!
Watching CASABLANCA on the big screen
It’s not an isosceles triangle!
What human being on this planet hasn’t seen Wizard of Oz?
A Thanksgiving tradition
The troubled production and box office woes of Oz
Dark Side of the Moon
The power of watching a movie on the big screen
The rotating door of directors
Wizard of Oz on stage
High school productions
The Jitterbug
A Thanksgiving tradition
Engrained in pop culture
Roseanne Barr as the Wicked Witch?
The bankability of Fantasy films in the 30s.
Why the film was a dream sequence
The darkness of RETURN TO OZ
“Over the Rainbow” was almost cut from the film
Dorothy and Scarecrow love connection?
The pros and cons of blu-ray
The amazing make-up artistry
Shirley Temple: The original Dorothy?
Ray Bolger originally cast as Scarecrow
Buddy Ebsen’s allergic reaction to the silver Tin Man make up, causing him to be recast by Jack Haley
Who were WC Fields and Ed Wynn considered to play?
Frank Morgan, the MGM character actor
Margaret Hamilton severely burned on a stunt
Juvenile Oscars
The television broadcast gave the film new life
Urban legends
Midgets groping Judy Garland
There is still one Munchkin left!
Sequels & spinoffs!
Wicked the Broadway Musical
The debut of the Random CHRISTMAS Movie Generator



FILM REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE:

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ (1910)
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1925)
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1938)
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (1940)
CASABLANCA (1942)
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
THE BISHOP’S WIFE (1947)
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951)
SCROOGE (1951)
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959)
MARY POPPINS (1965)
BONNIE & CLYDE (1967)
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
STAR WARS TRILOGY (1977-1983)
MOMENT BY MOMENT (1978)
THE WIZ (1978)
THE SHINING (1980)
BLOW OUT (1981)
THE THING (1982)
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER (1982)
SCARFACE (1983)
A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)
GREMLINS (1984)
RETURN TO OZ (1985)
CAPTAIN EO (1986)
THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)
THE LOST BOYS (1987)
MOONWALKER (1988)
DIE HARD (1988)
GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990)
HOME ALONE (1990)
MGM WHEN THE LION ROARS (1992)
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)
FALLING DOWN (1993)
ED WOOD (1994)
BATMAN & ROBIN (1997)
STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999)
POKÉMON: THE MOVIE - I CHOOSE YOU! (2000)
THE ROOM (2002)
TIN MAN (2007)
500 DAYS OF SUMMER (2009)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY (2001-2003)
ROOM 237 (2012)
THE AVENGERS (2012)
THE HOBBIT TRILOGY (2012-2014)
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (2013)
SPOTLIGHT (2015)
THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017)
JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)
AMERICAN ASSASSIN (2017)
KINGSMAN THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (2017)
THE DISASTER ARTIST (2017)
IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN: THE MUSICAL (2017)
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (2017)
THE POST (2017)



LINKS:
Key & Peele: Gremlins 2
Moment by Moment TV Spot
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
The Wizard of Oz (1925)
Return to Oz Trailer
Maragaret Hamilton on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
Michael Jackson in The Wiz (1978)
Moonwalker Trailer (1988)
Captain EO
Tin Man trailer

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