When "The Wizard of Oz" arrived in theaters in 1939, it was met with a lukewarm response. Sure, it garnered $3 million, which wasn't nothing at the time but was considered underperforming box office numbers. And by today's standards, it would've been a major box-office bomb. If you're a true-blue Ozophile (that's someone particularly fond of "The Wizard of Oz"), though, you know that the small screen is to thanks for the popularity of what has become a beloved classic.
In 1956, it was broadcast on television for the first time, starting what would become an annual tradition for many: The yearly TV screening of "The Wizard of Oz." In fact, for a couple of decades, the annual broadcast was the only place that fans of Dorothy Gale and the Emerald City could, well, travel the Yellow Brick Road and see their faves in action. Of course, now we have DVDs and Blu-Rays and on-demand, giving us virtually unfettered access to Munchkinland at any time.
So, let's put your "Oz" skills to the test. We're guessing you've seen it a few times (we may or may not have seen in a couple hundred ourselves). What? Don't judge us. Come with us as we transport you "Over the Rainbow" to answer these questions about "The Wizard of Oz." Flying monkeys not included!