The Wizard of Oz
DIRECTOR: VICTOR FLEMING
CAST: JUDY GARLAND, FRANK MORGAN, RAY BOLGER, BERT LAHR, JACK HALEY
Judy Garland provides the big, plaintive voice as Dorothy, while companions Tin Man (Jack Haley), Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) are pure knockabout vaudeville fun, in this criminally entertaining musical adaptation from L. Frank Baum’s treasured series of Oz books, which leaps from bleak black-and- white Kansas to ruby slippers-and-yellow brick Technicolor. Why? Because, because, because, because. Screening with What’s Opera, Doc?: serious Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk meets waggish Merrie Melodies goofing, with hilarious results, including Elmer Fudd’s breathtaking aria of “Kill the Wabbit.”
WHAT'S OPERA, DOC?
Chuck Jones / 1957 / DCP / 7 mins