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Heartwarming / The Wizard of Oz

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  • For nearly forty years this story has given faithful service to the Young in Heart; and Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion. To those of you who have been faithful to it in return ...and to the Young in Heart... we dedicate this picture.
  • The Scarecrow and Tin Man both vowing to get Dorothy to the Emerald City after they've been threatened by the Witch.
  • "I think I'll miss you most of all...."
    • You're not the only one Dorothy, sniff.
  • Try as you might, you'll probably never find someone who didn't love "Over the Rainbow" the first time they heard it.
  • "Now I know I have a heart, because it's breaking."
  • "Oh Auntie Em, there's no place like home!"
  • This one takes a bit of thinking, but when Marvel finds out Dorothy is running away from home, he uses his so-called "crystal reading" abilities to tell her that Auntie Em is crying because she left, and that she's sick. Manipulative? Yes, but it's actually pretty sweet when you realize he's doing it to try and convince a young girl to go home.
    "Poor little kid, hope she gets home alright..."
    • Then, when he hears she was hurt during the storm, he goes to see if she is alright. This for a girl he met once.
  • The Flying Monkeys were free and cheered Dorothy for killing The Wicked Witch of the West.
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  • When the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion are chewing out the Wizard after finding out he's a fraud, the Scarecrow criticizes him for not being able to give Tin Man and Cowardly Lion what they wanted, and the Lion criticizes him for not being able to give Scarecrow what he wanted. They never mention how he can't give them what they themselves wanted.
  • The Wizard is actually a pretty nice guy once his scam is exposed. He speaks kindly and encouragingly to all our heroes. Of particular note is his dialogue with the Tin Man:
    Wizard: So, my friend, you would like a heart. You don't know how lucky you are not to have one; hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.
    Tin Man: But I still want one.
  • Just the sheer amount of devotion and love the Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Dorothy have for one another after they've known each other for, what? Three days, at most? Apparently, there are some things you just can't share without ending up liking each other, and being threatened by a Wicked Witch is one of them.


  • Margaret Hamilton, the actress who played Mrs. Gulch\Wicked Witch of the West, was actually a very nice person in real life and loved children—she was worried about her character(s) in the movie being too frightening for children. Legend has it that when there was talk about possibly making a sequel, she turned down the offer to reprise her role because she didn't want children to be scared of her.
    • She appeared on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in her Wicked Witch costume at one point to help the viewing children understand the difference between an actor and the character he or she is playing. A faded version of its exists here.
  • Another meta example: At one point, Garland was giggling at Lahr's antics and ruining takes. Finally, Fleming took her off alone and slapped her face to get her to nail the scene. Fleming felt absolutely horrified at what he did and talked to a crew member to punch him for it. Overhearing, Garland went up to Fleming and kissed him on the nose.
  • It turned out that Terry, the dog portraying Toto, was nearly accidentally stomped to death by the cast members playing the Winkies during filming of a scene. Terry got to recuperate at Garland's home and the two had became really close.
  • The widespread celebration when Judy Garland's stolen ruby slippers were finally recovered in 2018. People who had no connection whatsoever to the slippers, the museum they were stolen from, or the owner who lent them were so thrilled to hear that these props from an old movie had been found after missing for 13 years, saying it was high time they "came home."
    "It was a crazy day [at the Judy Garland Museum] with all these people running to take calls, answer questions, and give phone interviews and television interviews as well as people coming into the museum to buy Ruby Slipper souvenirs. In fact, the entire town of Grand Rapids was in an uproar. It was like one big birthday party!"
  • The true accounts of how actors recruited to portray the Munchkins - little people who, in many cases, had never even seen another little person before - found their experience of working with more than a hundred other little people to be a homecoming of sorts. Several performers first met their spouses-to-be on the Munchkinland set, and the feelings of community that developed among individuals with similar life challenges would give rise to the first advocacy group for persons with dwarfism.
  • One of the actors playing the Munchkins says that at the end of filming, Judy Garland bought a box of candy for everyone and placed it on the Yellow Brick Road for them.


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