THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Article #314 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 1-23-2002
Posting date: 6-9-2002
What, you really want a plot description of this one?
If there was a list of the most instantly familiar movies ever made, I’m sure this one would be on the list. I came from the generation that grew up when it would show up once a year on network TV around Easter, and it was a tradition to sit down and watch the movie. Any review or commentary I could make would be superfluous, so I’ve decided to make my comments refer to other movies as much as possible. The scene where Dorothy looks out the window of the house when it is in the grip of the tornado and sees the various people go by almost feels like one of the shorts by Melies. Also, does anyone think that the talking trees have more than just a passing resemblance to the Tabanga from FROM HELL IT CAME? Or that the tin man at one point walks with the stiff-legged gait reminiscent of that attributed to the monster in FRANKENSTEIN? Or that the witch suffers the same fate as THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN (only without the helpful janitor)? And even though Judy Garland is no Vincent Price, she does all right with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (a reference to DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN).
And one straight comment; I think the flying monkey sequence is one of the greatest fantasy sequences of all time.