Production of The Wizard of Oz was plagued with problems, from numerous script rewrites to casting and directorial changes. After the original director, Richard Thorpe, was fired, Victor Fleming stepped in to take over the director’s role from George Cukor, who left to helm David O. Selznick’s Civil War epic Gone With the Wind, a job which, ironically, Fleming would later replace him in. When Fleming left, King Vidor stepped in to replace him. Despite all these changes, Fleming received the main director’s credit for the movie. Another stumbling block occurred when Buddy Ebsen, the original Tin Man, got sick from a reaction to the aluminum makeup he was forced to wear; he was replaced by Jack Haley.
In the end, the film had modest success at the box office and earned several Oscar nominations - including a Best Song win for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and a special award for Garland as Best Juvenile Performer. In 1956, an estimated 45 million people tuned in to watch the movie debut on television as part of the Ford Star Jubilee. Countless TV showings later, The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved and best-known films of all time. The Wizard of Oz ranked sixth in the American Film Institute’s poll of America’s 100 Greatest Movies. You now have the opportunity to see the Wonderful Wizard the way it was meant to be seen - starting tomorrow. The Wizard of Oz (1939) is being presented by Fathom Events and Turner Movie Classics on the big screen this Sunday (Jan. 27), Tuesday (Jan. 29) and Wednesday (Jan. 30). Go to fathomevents.com to discover where it will be playing. Theatres closest to you can be found by inserting your zip code on their website when prompted. This is the way to truly see and experience the classics! Happy viewing!! 🍿 - 24 days ago