The Wizard of Oz premiered on August 12, 1939 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Studio heads were so eager to see what America’s heartland thought of the movie The Wizard of Oz opened at the Strand Theatre. The Hollywood premiere was on August 15, 1939 at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The movie received much critical acclaim but did not have the big box office draw the studio was hoping for upon its national release.
The Wizard of Oz made up for the lack of initial movie dollars with its many releases throughout the years and is a part of American culture. “We’re not in Kansas anymore” has become one of the most popular quotes in American movie history. And even though the story begins in Kansas and the Wizard is from Omaha the movie has world-wide appeal.
A pair of the Ruby Slippers worn by Dorothy are on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. They are one of the most asked about items on display. The slippers represent our self-preservation and self-sufficiency. Dorothy in her blue and white dress and red shoes represents the United States. The scarecrow, tin man and lion all represent the character of the US, intelligent, big-hearted and brave.
“Over The Rainbow” sung by Judy Garland in the film won an Academy Award. The song was number one on American Film Institute’s 100 songs…100 years. It was adopted by the American troops during World War II and even performed by Judy Garland for the soldiers in 1943.
There really is no place like home when you live in the United States of America.