1937, 20th Century Fox, 91 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lanfield

Playing themselves, legendary gossip columnist Walter Winchell and bandleader Ben Bernie are embroiled in a feud (a long-running gag from their respective radio shows) in this energetic musical based on Dorothea Brande’s self-help bestseller. Alice Faye costars as a singer who helps another performer (THE WIZARD OF OZ’s Jack Haley) get over his fear of microphones.

1939, Warner Bros., 101 min, USA, Dir: Victor Fleming

Judy Garland is Dorothy in this sublime, candy-colored adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s children’s favorite, one of the most beloved film classics of all time. Take a surreal stroll down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy as she encounters the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), Glinda the Good Witch (Billie Burke), the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) and the title character (Frank Morgan), whose full name is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs.

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