Wizard of Oz Turns 70

Glenn Reynolds‘ post noting “The Wizard of Oz turns 70 years old” was the latest of what is becoming for me an all-too-frequent occurrence: reading a completely different context and being momentarily confused.   My immediate reaction was “There’s no way in hell Ozzie Smith is 70.”   (He turns 55 the day after Christmas, making him older than I’d have guessed.)

Of course, it’s the movie “The Wizard of Oz” that dates to 1939.


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  1. Dave Schuler says:

    Yep. It was made in the Magic Year of 1939, like a lot of the other best pictures you’ve ever seen.

  2. DC Loser says:

    1939 is said to be the Greatest Year in Film History.

  3. Wayne says:

    I saw the 1925 silent film of it about a year ago. It was interesting.


  4. physics geek says:

    Bah. Wayne beat me to it. I saw the silent film on TCM about a year ago, too.