Break out those ruby red slippers, PopWatchers! Today marks the 70th anniversary of 1939’s epic The Wizard of Oz. And the only thing more impressive than the film’s ability to hold up for contemporary audiences is the fact that there are still some munchkins alive to celebrate the movie’s septuagenarian status. If the secret to long life is a diet of lollipops, I’m in!
Though rightly revered for its ground-breaking visual effects, and Judy Garland’s effervescent on-screen presence, we know what’s most fun about the film: the quoteables. While famous quotes from old-time films like All About Eve (“Fasten your seatbelts—it’s going to be a bumpy night.”) and Auntie Mame (“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!”) are slowly but tragically being omitted from the lexicons of future generations, The Wizard of Oz’s best lines continue to be referenced by folks of all ages. Who hasn’t seen an embroidered pillow reading “There’s no place like home”? Or screamed “I’m melting! Melting! Oh, what a world, what a world!” during an oppressively hot day?
So let’s pet our little dogs and toast the classic film with a poll of your favorite Wizard of Oz quotes! Tell me, PopWatchers, which famous lines from the film do you find yourself referencing most? List them below, or…I’ll bite you myself!