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Christmas Story, A - Wizard of Oz?
In the Christmas parade that Ralphie's family attends, various characters from the "Wizard of Oz" are dancing around. Despite this inclusion, the "Wizard of Oz" was not yet popular enough to have its characters in a Christmas parade. "A Christmas Story" is set in the 1940's, and the "Wizard of Oz" was released in 1939. However, the "Wizard of Oz" was initially a flop and did not become popular until the 1960's, when it began airing annually on television. The 1940's was much too early for the "Wizard of Oz" characters to appear in a Christmas parade.
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Contributed By: Anonymous on 12-30-2004 and Reviewed By: Larman
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DanaMac writes:
No, that's just not true! The Wizard of Oz was not a flop at all! It's true that it cost more money to make the movie that it made in the theaters, but that's because it cost more than 3 times to make than the average movie of 1939. The movie was one of the biggest hits at the box office in 1939, earning over three million dollars and breaking attendance records in many cities. In addition to its box office success, The Wizard of Oz received six Academy Award nominations - Special Effects, Original Score, Song, Art Direction, Cinematography (colour), and even Best Picture. The film won the awards for Best Song (Over the Rainbow) and Best Original Score, and Judy Garland was also awarded a special Oscar for Outstanding Performance by a Screen Juvenile. Had the movie been made in any other year, it very likely would have won the Oscar for Best Picture, but in the 1939 Academy Awards, it was up against such films as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, and of course, Gone With the Wind. So, to the original point of your post, it is EXTREMELY likely that characters from The Wizard of Oz would appear in a parade, especially in a parade geared towards children. After all, a major part of the reason the film lost money in the theaters, while at the same time breaking attendance records, was that so many children's tickets were sold at a fraction of the cost of an adult ticket.
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deb writes:
You all need to remember that L Frank Baum began writing "The Wizard of Oz" SERIES in 1899/1900. Followed by title in 1904, 07, 08, 09, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 1920. These were followed by titles written by Ruth Plumly Thompson from 1921 thru 1929. Similar to Harry Potter, Lemony Snickett or Artemis Fowl they were released to much fanfare at the time and the character were well known to the kids and their famlies and were often seen in parades etc. Their inclusion in the movie was quite natural to me because of the "Wizard of Oz" movie being released and all the Merchandising that was done in promotional materials.
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