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The Wizard of Oz

Released 1939
Distributor MGM

A storybook musical staged with the exuberance of a vaudeville show and the wit of a Marx Brothers movie. Judy Garland plays Dorothy Gale, a lonely farm girl swallowed by a tornado and dropped into a rainbow-hued Xanadu inhabited by singing-dancing doppelgängers of her Kansas cronies. This 1939 classic stays fresh as a daisy thanks to its brilliant tunes, cornpone wisdom and the timeless appeal of its cast.

About John Badham

John Badham, is the director of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, Stakeout, Short Circuit and Point of No Return, among others, as well as the TV series, Nikita, Heroes, Psych, The Shield and Criminal Minds. A Professor of Media Arts at Chapman University, his book “I’ll Be In My Trailer” has become the go-to source on directors working with Actors.   September 2013 will see the publication of his new book “John Badham on Directing”.