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The Wizard of Oz
Childhoods would not be complete without The Wizard of Oz. Audiences and booklovers fell in love with the story of Dorothy and her fantastical friends, who each go in search of the Wizard in the Land of Oz.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
The story was first brought to life on 17th May 1900, when The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published by children’s author L. Frank Baum. The book was published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago, and has since been reprinted many times. The publishing company printed 10,000 first edition copies of the novel, which sold out immediately. By 1956, a total of three million copies of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz had been sold to the public.
The author would reportedly tell his children whimsical stories before they entered print form, he was thought to be inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. However, Baum views Carroll’s plot as incoherent, he is thought to have been inspired by the innocent Alice as the story’s protagonist.
He did not believe the Victorian ideology that books should be filled with morals, but that they should be entertaining and capture their imagination. He therefore combined a traditional tale whilst offering a fantastical twist on everyday objects and creatures, such as lions and scarecrows.
It is believed the story of Dorothy and co. was inspired by Baum’s childhood, as he frequently had nightmares about a scarecrow pursuing him across a field. He also wanted to offer a fictional story that readers could relate to, which is why he introduced American elements into the novel, such as farming and industrialisation in Kansas and Omaha.
The Wizard of Oz Musical (1902)
Two years after The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published, the musical adaptation hit the stage in 1902. While Baum is credited as the musical’s bookwriter, Glen Macdonough was hired for the production as the jokewriter, once Baum has finished his script.
The Wizard of Oz musical debuted at the Chicago Grand Opera House on 26th June 1902, before it transitioned to Broadway’s Majestic Theatre on 21st January 1903. The show ran for an incredible 292 performances on Broadway, finishing its run on 31st December 1904. It wasn’t until the theatrical adaptation that audiences would have learned Dorothy’s surname was ‘Gale’.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
In 1939, the novel was adapted for the big screen in the form of The Wizard of Oz. The classic movie stars Judy Garland, who took on the role of Dorothy. The musical comedy was notable for its innovative use of technicolour, ensuring it became an iconic film in popular culture. Thanks to the visuals, magical characters, musical score and unusual story, the movie was nominated for six Academy Awards, but lost to Gone with the Wind for Best Picture. However, The Wizard of Oz did take home Oscars for Best Original Song (Over the Rainbow) and Best Original Score by Herbert Stothart.
It might be surprising to learn that The Wizard of Oz was actually a box office disappointment when it was initially released. The film made just £3,017,00 on a £2,777,000 budget, and was therefore MGM’s most expensive production to date at that time. It wasn’t until the movie was re-released in 1949 that The Wizard of Oz recouped MGM’s investment to turn a profit.
Critics fell in love with the magical movie, with The New York Times’ Frank Nugent stating The Wizard of Oz was “a delightful piece of wonder-working which has the youngsters’ eyes shining and brought a quietly amused gleam to the wiser ones of the oldsters. Not since Disney’s Snow White has anything quite so fantastic succeeded half so well.”
The movie was, however, slightly different to Baum’s novel, with some plot details omitted or altered. For instance, many of Dorothy’s adventures or problems did not appear in the screenplay. Also, the Land of Oz and Dorothy’s time are all real in the book, and not part of a dream, as depicted in the movie. Dorothy’s ruby red slippers were also silver in the novel. There are thought to be at least 40 major differences between the movie and the book.
The TV Broadcast of the Movie
Much of The Wizard of Oz’s success followed the 1956 TV broadcast of the movie, which reintroduced the film to the public. Due to the movie’s popularity, the broadcast became an annual tradition, securing The Wizard of Oz’s place in history as one of the greatest films in movie history. It is now one of the few films on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.