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Because of the Wonderful Things It Does: The Legacy of Oz (2005)

The magical influence that The Wizard of Oz (1939) had on future entertainment and continues to have on audiences, writers, collectors, and more.


Steve Vaught, Eric Neal Young (as Eric Young)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brittany Murphy ... Narrator (voice)
John Fricke John Fricke ... Himself
Drew Casper Drew Casper ... Himself
Peter Glassman Peter Glassman ... Himself
Eric Shanower Eric Shanower ... Himself
Lisa Henson ... Herself
Jane Lahr Jane Lahr ... Herself
Mark Evan Swartz Mark Evan Swartz ... Himself
Willard Carroll Willard Carroll ... Himself
John Lahr John Lahr ... Himself, author, son of Bert Lahr
Gita Dorothy Morena Gita Dorothy Morena ... Herself
Kurt Raymond Kurt Raymond ... Himself (as Kurt S. Raymond)
Elaine Horn Elaine Horn ... Herself
Meinhardt Raabe ... Himself
Margaret Pellegrini Margaret Pellegrini ... Herself


The magical influence that The Wizard of Oz (1939) had on future entertainment and continues to have on audiences, writers, collectors, and more.

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25 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sparkhill Production See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Brittany Murphy's last voiceover before her sudden and untimely death. Her voice is quite frail. See more »


A questionable poster shown announces that "The Wizard of Oz" will be telecast on NBC February 12. However, it was never telecast on NBC on that date. It *was* shown on February 12, 1967, but on CBS, not NBC. This was the last time that CBS showed it before it went to NBC. They reclaimed the film in 1976. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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TV, not theaters, made "The Wizard of Oz" a classic film
2 September 2018 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

This documentary short focuses on the rise of "The Wizard of Oz" to the level of a classic film. When the movie came out in 1939, it barely covered its costs at the box office. That was a year of great competition among more than two dozen films. The 10 nominated for best film all are considered great films many decades later.

"Because of the Wonderful Things it Does: The Legacy of Oz" tells how the movie has become a classic, after a mediocre debut year. MGM rereleased it in 1949 to much greater success. Still, it didn't catch on as a lasting favorite until TV aired the movie. The first time was in 1956 and then again in 1959.

Some 45 million people watched the movie on mostly black and white TV sets in 1959, but from then on, it became a holiday classic. Of course, by the late 20th century, it was recognized as a classic fantasy film for family viewing any time of the year.

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