In Kansas, Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) lives with her dog, Toto (Terri), on her Aunt Em (Clara Blandick) and Uncle Henry’s (Charley Grapewin) farm. Toto gets in trouble with a mean neighbor, Miss Almira Gulch (Margaret Hamilton), when he bites her. However, Dorothy's family and the farmhands are all too busy to listen to her troubles. Miss Gulch produces an order from the sheriff allowing her to have Toto put down. She takes him away, but he escapes and returns to Dorothy who, fearing that Miss Gulch will return, decides to run away from home.

 

After some miles Dorothy and Toto encounter Professor Marvel (Frank Morgan), a kindly fortune teller who, realizing Dorothy has run away, uses his crystal ball to convince her that Aunt Em is ill. Dorothy races home just as a Tornado approaches. Locked out of the storm cellar, she seeks safety in the house, where a wind-blown window sash knocks her out. She awakens to find the tornado has sent the house spinning into the sky. Outside the window during the flight she and Toto see Miss Gulch, who transforms into a cackling witch riding a broomstick.

 

Suddenly the house strikes the ground and all is quiet. As Dorothy opens the door the film changes to Technicolor from sepia toned – she and Toto have landed in Munchkinland, part of the Land of Oz. Glinda the Good Witch of the North (Billie Burke) and the Munchkins welcome her as their heroine – the house has landed on and killed the Wicked Witch of the East, leaving only her feet poking out from under. In the middle of the celebration, the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) arrives in a ball of smoke and fire to claim her sister's ruby slippers, but Glinda transports them onto Dorothy's feet before the witch can get them. The witch swears revenge on Dorothy for her sister's death. Glinda tells Dorothy to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, where the Wizard of Oz might be able to help her get back home.

 

On her way, Dorothy meets and befriends a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), and invites him to join her on her journey. Eventually they come to an apple orchard where they find and befriend a Tin Man (Jack Haley). After they invite him to come along, the Witch appears and makes threats to them. Deep in the woods, they meet a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and invite him to come along as well.

 

Join Dorothy and “travel over the rainbow” for the rest of the story with her friends on their quest to see the Wizard of Oz, capture the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West and return to Oz so that Dorothy can return home to Kansas.

 

Just “click your heels together three times and say”, there is no place like the Elks and you will be there.

 

Starring;

 

Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale

Frank Morgan as Professor Marvel/The Wizard/Doorman/Cabbie/Guard

Ray Bolger as Hunk/The Scarecrow

Jack Haley as Hickory/The Tin Man

Bert Lahr as Zeke/The Cowardly Lion

Billie Burke as Glinda the Good Witch of the North

Margaret Hamilton as Miss Almira Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West

Clara Blandick as Aunt Em

Charley Grapewin as Uncle Henry

Terry as Toto

 

The Wizard of Oz was nominated for six Academy Awards winning two; Best Music, Original score and Best Music, Original Song.

 

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“Upcoming movies at the Elks Theatre”;

Sunset Boulevard, 1/21/18 3 PM

Casablanca, 2/23/18 7PM

Field of Dreams, 2/25/18 3 PM

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, 3/23/18 3 PM

Gone With the Wind, 3/25/18 3 PM