Book Vs. Movie “The Wizard of Oz”

Book Vs Movie

The Wizard of Oz

The Margos follow the yellow brick road and my, have their been some changes between the book and movie!

“Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore.” The Wizard of Oz is filled with some of the most quoted-lines in cinema history along with a truly scary villain and one of the most covered songs ever–Somewhere Over the Rainbow. So how does it compare to the 1900 book written by the enigmatic L. Frank Baum?

The Margos covered this very topic a few years ago and the results were–let’s just say a bit messy. (We had NO idea how to record properly back then!) However, we loved learning all about Baum and the trivia behind the Judy Garland classic film–that we decided to revisit Oz.

This episode is chock full of information, trivia, and tidbits that you can feel free to drop on unsuspecting friends and family at dinner parties in the future.  Such as, how heavy was the Lion costume? What did Margaret Hamilton’s agent tell her when she was offered the part of the Wicked Witch of the West? The original color of Dorothy’s shoes from the book? What scenes and songs were deleted from the final version?

So after doing all of this research, which version did we Margos like better? Check out the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The interesting life story of L. Frank Baum which includes a rather horrible op-ed piece which he wrote before his career as a beloved writer of children’s books.
  • The unbelievable trials the cast went through filming this movie
  • Not all critics were impressed by this film in 1939. Just check out this scathing review.
  • The excellent cast including Garland as Dorothy, Frank Morgan (Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz, etc.) Ray Bolger (“Hunk”/The Scarecrow,) Bert Lahr (“Zeke”/The Cowardly Lion,) Jack Haley (“Hickory”/The Tim Man,) Billie Burke (Glinda,) and the various Munchkins.

Clips used:

  • The Wizard of Oz original 1939  trailer
  • The Munchkins perform for Dorothy
  • “Don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain” (Frank Morgan)
  • The Wicked Witch of the West “melts”
  • Outro Music: Somewhere Over the Rainbow  by Judy Garland

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone today? I had a crazy busy weekend and could not seem to find the time to get to this post but darn it—I am going to make it happen today. This week I want to present a couple of my favorite news stories and posts from this past week plus I drop a hint about the next NYC Meet-Up for Fitbloggin Peeps. Oh, and we have a new episode of Book Vs Movie where we talk about the Merry Old land of Oz so let’s get to it—shall we!

  • The Fabulous Erin Brown: I am a longtime fan of Erin Brown who is an inspirational gal who describes herself as “ Writer. Lecturer. Wellness junkie. Bad ass mother. Woman. I am Erin Brown.” Erin is a feminist and is a tireless supporter of women and protector of body images. If you want to learn about this fantastic lady and why I worship her…check out this post in particular. Erin is out to bash the body-shamers to bits!

  • The Awesome Aussie Karl Stefanovic: If you don’t know about Karl—he is the host of Australia’s version of the Today Show and this righteous dude was tired of hearing his female co-hosts get criticized for their appearance so he took on the task of wearing the same exact suit every day for a year (he only changed his tie) to prove that men are judges far less harshly for how they look. Well guess what—not ONE person noticed he was wearing the same outfit every day. No one. You can read all about his here from the Buzz Feed article and check out this clip from his colleague Lisa Wilkinson who spoke out about sexism in the media industry.


  • NYC-Fitbloggin Meet-Up: I am a little nervous about posting this as the Fitbloggin group on Facebook is “super-secret” but if you are a member—I am setting up a drinks date for Saturday, December 6th at 2 pm for the NYC area fitbloggin peeps. If you want to join us go check out the details on Facebook!


  • Book vs. Movie Takes on “The Wizard of Oz” The lovely Margo P. and I had a fun chat last week for our Book vs. Movie podcast talking about the crazy differences between the book and movie The Wizard of Oz which you can listen to by subscribing to us on iTunes! Our next episode will be about the “Rom Com” classic Bridget Jones’ Diary. Can’t wait to dive into that one!

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!


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