The Making of the Wizard of Oz: Movie Magic and Studio Power in the Prime of MGM

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Hyperion, Dec 2, 1998 - Performing Arts - 331 pages
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Why was Buddy Ebsen replaced by Jack as the Tin Man? What lifelong effects did young stardom have on Judy Garland? How did they melt a witch, stir up a tornado, and get monkeys to fly?

It was 1938, the heyday of Hollywood, when studios were discovering the use of color; the importance of star power, and how to make beautiful, sprawling movies. From this was born The Wizard of Oz, a film that, 60 years later, continues to captivate us. It seems we can never get enough of the dishy inside details, the amazing feats of production that made it such a spectacle, and the personalities both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Now, timed to coincide with the theatrical rerelease -- which will include never-before-seen footage -- this is the book Oz aficionados will turn to for more information on America's favorite movie. A bestselling classic since it was first published in 1977, The Making of The Wizard of Oz is as ageless as the film itself jam-packed with fascinating facts and telling asides.

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