“I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.” – Tin Man, “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
Victor Fleming’s 1939 Oscar-winning musical fantasy film “The Wizard of Oz” had its Hollywood premiere 80 years ago today at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Based on L. Frank Baum's wildly popular children’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, the ambitious project quickly became production company MGM’s most expensive film of all time after studio head Louis B. Mayer decided that the movie would be one of the first to use Technicolor, a new technology that added real-to-life color to motion pictures. MGM’s gamble paid off — star Judy Garland’s signature song “Over the Rainbow” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and according to the United States Library of Congress, “The Wizard of Oz” is the most viewed film of all time.