This year is the 75th anniversary of the 1939 version of the movie “Wizard of Oz.” Based on the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum, the movie, one of the first to be filmed in technicolor, was not originally a huge success at the box office. According to reports most of its success has come from licensing rights, merchandising.
In a prior version of the movie, filmed in 1925, there were some differences in the plot and Dorothy’s introduction into the Land of Oz.
See if you can match the words and terms from the movie with the proper meanings.
A. to inundate, flood, deluge
B. vigor and strength of spirit/temperament/disposition
C. to confirm as authentic
D. a state of mental confusion
E. a printed calico from India/glazed printed cotton fabric
F. showing the effect of grief or anxiety
G. to insult to the face by behavior or language
H. performing acts of kindness and charity
I. lacking courage and resolution
J. using a language or dialect native to a region or country
K. a member of a people of southern Africa apparently akin to both the Bushmen and the Bantus
L. to touch the knee to the floor in worship
M. original color of Dorothy’s slippers as written in book.
N. a small, sweet cake in the form of a twisted strip fried in deep fat
O. black, misty, dark
P. to kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in token of homage
1. I- Used: "Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the earth, or slinks through slimy seas has a brain!" (The Wizard before giving the Scarecrow his Diploma); 6. A- Used: "Well you force me into a cataclysmic decision." (The Wizard talking to Dorothy about how to get her back home to Kansas from Oz); 11. N- Used: "Here, here - can't work on an empty stomach. Have some crullers." (Aunt Em speaking to the farmhands before Dorothy goes to Oz); 2. C- Used: "As Coroner, I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, And she's not only merely dead, She's really most sincerely dead."(The Coroner, singing in Munchkinland, verifying the death of the Wicked Witch of the East); 3. F- Used: "She's - she's wearing a-a-polka dot dress. Her face is careworn." (Professor Marvel speaking to Dorothy while consulting the crystal ball); 9. B- Used: "When a man's an empty kettle, he should be on his mettle, and yet I'm torn apart."(Sung by The Tin Man in "If I Only Had a Heart"); 4. L- Used: "The chipmunks genuflect to me"; 16. D- Used: "Well, I'm a little muddled. The Munchkins called me because a new witch has just dropped a house on the Wicked Witched of the East ..." (Glinda speaking to Dorothy as she has just arrived in Munchkinland); 5. P - Used: "And the mountains bow and the bulls kowtow"; 7. O - Used: "You dare to come to me for a heart, do you? You clinking, clanking, clattering collection of caliginous junk!" (The Wizard speaking to the Tin Man as the foursome first meet him); 8. K- Used: "What makes the Hottentot so hot?"; 10. G- Used: "And you, Scarecrow, have the affrontery to ask for a brain..." (The Wizard speaking to the Scarecrow as the foursome first meet him); 14. J - Used: "There's a storm blowin! - a whopper, to speak in the vernacular of the peasantry!" (Professor Marvel as the wind increases and Dorothy leaves to return to the farm); 12. E- Used: "Would be satin, not cotton, not chintz"; 13. H- Used: "The beneficent Oz has every intention of granting your requests!"(The Wizard speaking to the four as they first meet); 15. M
Among the resources used was: http://www.wendyswizardofoz.com/vocab.htm; The Wizard of OZ" published by SMITHMARK Publishers Inc., New York