'The Wizard of Oz'

Most moviegoers got their first chance to see Dorothy and the gang in this beloved musical that made a superstar out of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001870" title="Judy Garland" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/judy-garland-PECLB001870.topic">Judy Garland</a> on Aug. 25, 1939, though it opened earlier that month in a few places, including Hollywood, New York and Oconomowoc, Wis. The most expensive MGM production of the time &#8212; its budget was a whopping $2.7 million &#8212; it didn't recoup its cost until after several reissues.
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Most moviegoers got their first chance to see Dorothy and the gang in this beloved musical that made a superstar out of Judy Garland on Aug. 25, 1939, though it opened earlier that month in a few places, including Hollywood, New York and Oconomowoc, Wis. The most expensive MGM production of the time — its budget was a whopping $2.7 million — it didn't recoup its cost until after several reissues.

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