Time Machine: ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” 1910

Dorothy and her gang were off to see the Wizard quite a few years before Judy Garland arrived. This movie is 102 years old, and the Scarecrow and Tin Man look extremely familiar. Everybody’s there.

And Toto, too.

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Natural born killers from over the rainbow

OK, well I guess that does sum up what Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion did. As the Wizard said: “You liquidated her.”

And when you think about it, in the above scene they did destroy the Wizard.

According to Jim Romenesko:

The image credits the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Lee Winfrey for this gem (he died in 2003), but it was actually written by Rick Polito in 1998, when he was a Marin Independent Journal TV columnist. (It got Roy Rivenburg’s “TV Listing of the Week” award in the Los Angeles Times on June 23, 1998.)

“That line is going to follow me to the grave,” Polito tells me during a phone chat this morning. “It was just on Leno, it was a clue in a crossword puzzle, it showed up in Playboy, and people use it as their email sigs.”

“Someday I’m going to walk down the street and see it on a T-shirt and punch the person who’s wearing it,” he jokes.