This page provides a description of the principal Oz productions for cinema and television. Each film is listed in chronological order, from 1939 through 1979. To navigate this page by the relationship between the books and films, use the Movie Index.
THE WIZARD OF OZ Release date: 1939, June 6 Description: The classic adaptation of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Production company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Producer: Mervyn LeRoy Director: Victor Fleming Screenwriters: Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf, and John Lee Mahin Cinematographer: Harold Rosson Editor: Blanche Sewell Music: Harold Arlen and Herbert Stothart Lyrics: E. Y.("Yip") Harburg Art Director: Cedric Gibbons Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Technicolor Length: 102 minutes Cast: Judy Garland (Dorothy), Frank Morgan (Professor Marvel/Wizard /Guardian of the Gate/Soldier), Ray Bolger (Hunk Andrews/Scarecrow), Bert Lahr (Zeke/Cowardly Lion), Jack Haley (Hickory Twicker/Tin Woodman), Billie Burke (Glinda), Margaret Hamilton (Miss Elmira Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West), Charley Grapewin (Uncle Henry), Clara Blandick (Auntie Em), Pat Walshe (Nikko, leader of Winged Monkeys), Toto (Toto). Available on VHS video For interesting trivia on this movie, go to the Internet Movie Database, and click on the trivia button when you get there. Read Roger Ebert's review of the movie here. Click here to download an audio clip from the movie.
THE LAND OF OZ Release date: 1960, September 18 Description: This was the first episode of The Shirley Temple Show on NBC TV. Based on L. Frank Baum's "The Marvelous Land of Oz". Production company: NBC Productions Executive Producer: William H. Brown Producer: William Asher Director: William Corrigan Writer: Frank Gabrielson Musical Director: Vic Schoen Color (video tape) Length: 60 minutes (with breaks) Cast: Shirley Temple (Tip/Ozma), Jonathan Winters (Nikidik), Ben Blue (Scarecrow), Sterling Holloway (Jack Pumpkinhead), Gil Lamb (Tin Woodman), Agnes Moorehead (Mombi), Frances Bergen (Glinda), Arthur Treacher (Nikidik's butler, Graves), Charles Boaz (Colonel), William Keene (Royal Army), Mari Lynn (Jellia Jamb), Norman Leavitt (Repairman), Lou Merrill (Court Doctor), and Mel Blanc.
TALES OF THE WIZARD OF OZ Release date: 1960 through 1962 Description: This is a series of 130 animated cartoons for television based on the Wizard of Oz stories by L. Frank Baum. Production Company: Rankin-Bass Productions Producer: Arthur Rankin, Jr. Screenwriter: Arthur Rankin, Jr. Length: The cartoons were each 4.5 to 5 minutes in length. Available on VHS video
NUMBER 13 Release date: 1960 (unreleased) Description: This is an experimental film based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Was never completed. Less than 30 mins of the original are reported to exist. Production company: Film Maker's Cooperative Production Producer: Harry Smith Director: Harry Smith Screenwriter: Harry Smith Length: 108 minutes
RETURN TO OZ Release date: 1963, February 9 Description: This is an color animated film based on the Rankin-Bass 1960-62 animated cartoon series and the original Baum book. Production company: Rankin-Bass Productions Producer: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass Directors: F.R. Crawley, Thomas Glynn, Larry Roemer Screenwriter: Romeo Muller Music and lyrics: Gene Forrell, Edward Thomas, James Polack Animators: Barrie Nelson, Rod Willis, William Mason, Blake James, Don Stearn, Vic Atkinson, Milton Stein, George Rufle, George Germanetti, Angelo Terricone Backgrounds: Dennis Pike and others Length: 60 minutes (with breaks) Voices: Susan Conway (Dorothy), Larry Hann (Rusty the Tinman), Alfie Scopp (Socrates the Stawman), Carl Banis (Dandy Lion/Wizard), Susan Morse (Munchkins), Pegi Loder (Glinda/Wicked Witch) Available on VHS video
FANTASIA 3 Release date: 1966 Description: This is a Spanish film with three separate fairy tales, the second of which is based on L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Director: Eloy German de la Inglesia Screenwriters: Eloy German de la Inglesia and Fernando Martin Iniesta Music: Fernando Garcia Morcillo Length: 82 minutes Cast: Dianik Zvrakowska, Jose Palacio, Juan Diego, Tomas Blanco
OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD Release date: 1967 Description: Weekly series on ABC Television with introductory Oz animations. Ran from 8 Sept 1967 to 20 Sept 1968. Production company: MGM/ABC TV Producer: Chuck Jones Cast: June Foray (Dorothy), Dawes Butler (Scarecrow), Don Messick.
THE WONDERFUL LAND OF OZ Release date: 1968 Description: Color film based on L. Frank Baum's "The Marvelous Land of Oz". Production Company: Cinetron (formerly Fanny Hill Enterprises) Producer: Barry Mahon Director: Barry Mahon Screenwriter: Barry Mahon Music: George Linsenmann, Ralph Falco Lyrics: Loonis McGlohon, Alec Wilder Distributor: Childhood Productions Length: 72 minutes Cast: Channy Mahon (Tip/Ozma), Joy Webb
AYSECIK VE SIHIRLI CUCELER RUYALER ULKESINDE Release date: 1971 Description: Produced in Turkey. Title translates in English to, "Aysecik and the Bewitched Dwarfs in Dreamland." This is a live action film that combines "The Wizard of Oz" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Production company: Hisar Film Executive Producer: Dunyanih and Guzel Masalini Iftinarla Sunar Producer: Ozdemir Birsef Director: Tunc Basaran Screenwriter Hamdi Degirmencioglu Cinematographer: Mustafa Yilmaz and Rafet Siriner Music: Torgut Oren Sets: Guher Peyman Length: 100 minutes Cast: Zeynep Degirmencioglu Korkut (Aysecik), Suleyman Turan (Iron Man), Ali Sen (Lion Man), Metin Serezli (Scarecrow), Cemal Konca (Oz), Suna Selen (Magician), Mine Sun (Angel), Cemal Konca (Oz), and Seyhan Gumus
THE WIZARD OF THE CITY OF EMERALDS Release date: 1973 Description: Ten stop-motion puppet animation shorts made in Russia as a TV miniseries. They are based on Aleksandr Melentyevich Volkov's Slavic fairy tales, which began with a Russian version of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". The title of this first book, Volshebnik Izumrudnogo Goroda," is the title of this miniseries. The other books used in the miniseries were, "Urfin Dzhus i Yevo Dyerevyannie" (Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers), and "Syem Pozyemnik Koroli" (Seven Underground Kings). Production company: Creative Association "Ekran" Producer: K. Malyantovich, et. al. Director: V. Popov andL. Smironov Screenwriter: A. Kimma Art Director: G. Beda, et. al. Cinematographer: I. Golomb, et. al. Music: I. Yefromov, et. al. Lyrics: I. Tokmakova, et. al. Animators: K. Malyantovich, et. al.
JOURNEY BACK TO OZ Release date: 1974 Description: Animation, based on pieces of the plots of several of the Baum books. 1971 is the copyright date, but it was released November 1974. First showing on TV was 5 Dec 1976 on ABC-TV. Production Company: Filmation Associates/Warner Bros. Producer: Norman Prescott, Lou Scheimer Director: Hal Sutherland Art Director: John Christenson Screenwriter: Fred Ladd, Norman Prescott, Bernard Evslin Chief Animator: Amby Paliwoda Songs: Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen Distributor: Filmation Associates/Warner Bros. Length: 88 minutes Voices: Milton Berle (Cowardly Lion), Herschel Bernardi (Woodenhead the Horse), Paul Ford (Uncle Henry), Margaret Hamilton (Aunt Em), Jack E. Leonard (Signpost), Paul Lynde (Pumpkinhead), Ethel Merman (Mombi), Liza Minnelli (Dorothy), Mickey Rooney (Scarecrow), Rise Stevens (Glinda), Danny Thomas (Tin Woodman), Mel Blanc (Wizard of Oz and Crow), Dallas McKennon (Omby Amby), Larry Storch (Amos) Available on VHS video
OZ Release date: 1976 Description: Australian film based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Was released in America as "20TH Century OZ". The action is set in the streets of Melbourne with a rock music score. Production company: Count Features Inc. Produced in association with the Australian Film Commission and BEF Film Distributors Producer: Chris Lofven, Lyne Helms Director: Chris Lofven Art Director: Robby Perkins Screenwriter: Chris Lofven Cinematographer: Dan Burstall Editor: Les Luxford Music: Ross Wilson Songs: Ross Wilson, Baden Hutchins, Gary Young, Wayne Burt Distributor: Inter Planetary Pictures, Inc. (USA, 1977) Eastman Color Length: 103 minutes (USA: 85 minutes) Cast: Joy Dunstan (Dorothy) Graham Matters (Wally/Wizard/record salesman/tram conductor/doorman/face at party), Bruce Spence (bass player/surfie [equivalent to] Scarecrow), Michael Carman (drummer/Greaseball the mechanic [equivalent to] Tin Woodman), Gary Waddell (guitarist/Killer the bikie [equivalent to] Cowardly Lion), Robin Ramsey (Good Fairy), Ned Kelly (truckie/bouncer), Lorraine West (waitress), Boris Underhill (hotel receptionist), Russell Thompson (lst gay), Gino Lattore (2nd gay), Paula Maxwell (Jane), Jim Slade (promoter), Roland Bonnet (manager), Stephen Millichamp, James Williamson and Phil Motherwell (truckies)
THE WIZ Release date: 1978, October 24 Description: Based on the stage production with book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. Based on The Wizard of Oz, it presents a black parody of life in the Big Apple today. Production company: Motown Executive Producer: Ken Harper Producer: Rob Cohen Director: Sidney Lumet Art Director: Philip Rosenberg Screenwriter: Joel Schumacher Cinematographer: Oswald Morris Editor: Dede Allen Music: Charlie Smalls Lyrics: Charlie Smalls Music Adaptation: Quincy Jones Distributor: Universal Technicolor Length: 134 minutes Cast: Diana Ross (Dorothy), Michael Jackson (Scarecrow), Nipsey Russell (Tin Man), Ted Ross (Fleetwood Coupe de Ville [equivalent to Cowardly Lion]), Mabel King (Evillene [equivalent to Wicked Witch of the West]), Theresa Merritt (Aunt Em), Thelma Carpenter (Miss One [equivalent to the Good Witch of the North]), Lena Horne (Glinda the Good Witch), Richard Pryor (Herman Smith [equivalent to The Wizard of Oz]), Stanley Greene (Uncle Henry), Clyde J. Barrett (Subway peddler) Available on VHS video.
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