Always happy to point out to Wizard of Oz watchers that the WWW's skywriting is addressed not to Dorothy (i.e., "Surrender, Dorothy") but to the citizens of Emerald City (i.e., give Dorothy to me). It originally read in full "Surrender Dorothy or die."
Also always happy to brood over the fact that the Witch's head monkey gets better billing than Aunt Em.
How many viewings did it take me to figure out what the Munchkin barrister says after "This is a day of independence / for all the Munchkins and their descendants"?

Many.
BTW I've decided that the witch we see Almira Gulch transform into is the Wicked Witch of the East, who, playing chicken with the Gale farmhouse, ends up getting crushed by it.

The Wicked Witch of the West is her identical twin.

YMMV.
It's "If any," which is a perfect thing for a lawyer to say.
There are so many great wordplays throughout (esp. "Oil can what?"), but the "You will be a bust" joke is pretty good too.
Note Dorothy's confusion as she's repeatedly told that she will be a bust and her relief when they add "in the Hall of Fame!"
My god, that g.d. wig. Image
And in conclusion: Decades before "Ideal, she avers," I'd already learned "aver" from The Wizard of Oz, so there, Stephen Sondheim.
"SOMEONE HIDE JUDY'S TITS."
Except this further thought, on the messiness of art: Read Aljean Harmetz's splendid book and you will learn that there were so many ways in which this film might have turned out to be a massive dunghill. That it's great seems almost a happy accident.
"What if Dorothy sings swing and Princess Ozma sings opera?"

Or something in that vein, as I recall.
I love the movie just as it is, but I wouldn’t mind, just once, seeing the version with Fanny Brice as Glinda, Gale Sondergaard as the WWW, and W. C. Fields as the Wizard.
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And of course the Scarecrow's recitation of the isosceles triangle thing is 100 percent incorrect.
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Happy Audrey Hepburn's birthday!
In 1991 I sent a note to Audrey Hepburn c/o Lincoln Center to tell her that a friend of mine who was to have attended her Film Society gala was too ill to attend, and she wrote him a note on her UNICEF stationery and sent it from Switzerland.

That's my Audrey Hepburn story.
"I missed you at Lincoln Centre [sic]! Get well soon!"

Goddess.
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This is a supremely important moment that fully works only if you’ve been, to this point, watching the film in sepia rather than in b/w.
If I'm remembering it all correctly, that's Judy's stand-in, Bobie Koshay, in sepia dress and makeup (in the sepia set), making way for Technicolor Judy's entrance.
BTW that long pan (or is it a tracking shot, I can never remember which is which) across Munchkinland was snipped out of the print most of us remember watching on TV in the 60s.

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Oh, shit, I forgot again the real name of the instrument I've always thought of as the Zither of Transcendence.

My friend @InothatcatDaly told me once.

Box harp?

Box something.

Gets used a lot in Broadway orchestrations.
Next time I hear it in a recording, I'll shout it out.

(I suspect that if I listen to the OBC recording of Side Show, I'm going to hear it a lot.)
Bingo.

It's there in the opening second of "Buddy Kissed Me."

Sounds like a sort of xylophone chime thingie.
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Robeson concludes his (amazing) performance of "Ol' Man River" in the '36 Show Boat with a huge grin, and I've never been sure if it's Joe fully embracing existence or Paul acknowledging how good he is.
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