Released in conjunction with the 75th-anniversary DVD release of The Wizard of Oz, this book is the definitive story of how one of America's most beloved movies was made and a marvelous, unprecedented examination of how Hollywood used to make movies. This updated edition includes numerous photos and shares hundreds of interviews with cameramen, screenwriters, costume designers, directors, producers, light technicians, actors, and more to reveal how the factory-like Hollywood system of moviemaking miraculously produced one of the most enduring films ever made. From the scandalous headlines of Munchkin orgies at the Culver City Hotel and the Witch's (accidental) burning to the building of the Emerald City and the sewing of nearly 1,000 costumes, The Making of The Wizard of Oz provides a richly detailed re-creation of MGMs production No. 1060 and a detail-by-detail, department-by-department look at the most powerful and flamboyant studio Hollywood has ever known.… (more)
Preface [not in all editions] It has been fifty years since The Wizard of Oz reached theaters and nearly fifteen years since I took my first frightened steps down the Yellow Brick Road.
Chapter 1. The Studio, 1938 In the fall of 1937, either Mervyn LeRoy or Arthur Freed persuaded Louis B. Mayer to buy The Wizard of Oz. That much, and only that much, is certain.
Introduction [by Margaret Hamilton] I opened the package with keen anticipation and there it was, page upon page, the book I had been waiting and longing for -- The Making of THE WIZARD OF OZ.
Chapter Eleven, After Oz - Yet perhaps in the end the movies are less emphemeral than the men and women who made them. Nominated for Best Picture of 1939 were Dark Victory; Gone With the Wind; Goodbye Mr. Chips; Love Affair; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; Ninotchka; Of Mice and Men; Stagecoach; Wuthering Heights -- and The Wizard of Oz.