Sunday, September 27, 2009
The Best of The World of Wonder: The Wizard of Oz Gets The Soap Treatment
I had the immense honor of meeting Liza Minelli back in January of 2007 and could not help but think that I had spent time with Hollywood Royalty! The ironic twist to the whole thing is that on the way home, I was listening to the 1950 Lux Radio Theater production of The Wizard of Oz and at the very end of it, Judy Garland talks about her four year old daughter, Liza! As a way of celebrating my irony and meeting of Miss Minelli, I posted that very same radio show that accompanied my ride home. Here is the Lux Radio Theatre production of "The Wizard of Oz" from Christmas Day, 1950. Judy Garland, then aged 28, was the only original cast member of the MGM film to be in this Lux program. Rounding out the cast were: Herb Vigran (Tin Man), Hans Conreid (Scarecrow), Ed Max (Lion), Herb Butterfield (Wizard), Betty Lou Gerson (Good Witch), Noreen Gammill (Wicked Witch) William Johnson (Uncle Henry), Ruth Perrott (Auntie Em), Gil Stratton (Mayor) and David Light was the voice of Toto. Enjoy!
Lux Radio Theater presents The Wizard of Oz