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Wizard of Oz Released - August 25th, 1939


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Monday, August 25th. One of the most beloved movies in the history of Hollywood was released on this day 69 years ago — “The Wizard Of Oz.” Adapted from the classic children’s book by I. Frank Baum, the movie had both black-and-white and color sequences. It starred Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, and Jack Haley. The unforgettable witch was Margaret Hamilton. The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two, one of them for best song — “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” In 1939, when the classic was released, 180,000 people worked in the motion picture industry.

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