Directed by Victor Fleming
Oh god, I hate this film. I hated it ever since I was little and the munchkins scared me. I hated it even more when I was a kid and had to perform "If I Only Had a Brain" at an acting recital. I think that should count as child abuse.
Anyway, the whole film is like one bad acid trip. The songs are obnoxious and the plot is disappointing and nonsensical. I know this is supposed to based on a fairy tale but the whole thing felt vaguely sinister to me. Check out the interesting facts section, it gets pretty crazy.
I think the only thing more annoying than the scarecrow song is the lion's voice. However, this film has become such a cultural icon that you should see it, just to get the references. As far as fantasy worlds go, though, I would take Alice in Wonderland or Pan's Labyrinth any day.
Buddy Ebsen was originally cast as the tin man but the aluminum dust in the make up coated his lungs and he had to be rushed to the hospital.
Garland's breasts were strapped so she would look younger.
The munchkins came from a European troupe and used this as an opportunity to escape the Nazis.
AFI's number 10 in top 100 movie list.
Okay, so I kind of like this song: