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The Wizard Of Oz premiered in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Oakland Paramount, on August 17, 1939, the same day it premiered in New York at Loew's Capitol Theatre. This can be confirmed by newspaper ads in the Oakland Tribune, Bancroft Library; and by Oakland Paramount advertising cards.
ok, so dear Frank Morgan plays all these parts.. well great, but i wanna know... who played the FLOATING HEAD turbaned Wizard? it doesnt sound like Frank's voice. or even look like him. or was it?? 220.127.116.11 (talk) 19:17, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
It sounds like Morgan to me. If so, then it would make sense to have him wear heavy makeup to play the giant head. This article (though not a reliable source) claims he did play "the apparition in the smoke". Others can judge for themselves with this youtube clip. Clarityfiend (talk) 22:34, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
The audio commentary on the latests releases states that the floating head is indeed Morgan in heavy makeup. --FuriousFreddy (talk) 22:03, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
Lordjoshua, can you please explain why you think we should ignore WP:FILMRELEASE for this article? Please also stop edit warring on this article, you are in danger of breaching WP:3RR and will be reported for warring should you revert again. - SchroCat (talk) 21:01, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
There have been some recent edits altering the release date. According to the release section in the article, the film was previewed to test audiences on August 11 & 12 1939, and received its Hollywood premiere on August 15, before going on general release on August 25. The infobox guidelines at Template:Infobox_film#Release_dates instruct that "Release dates should therefore be restricted to the film's earliest release, whether it was at a film festival, a world premiere, or a public release, and the release date(s) in the country or countries that produced the film, excluding sneak previews or screenings." Assuming that the preview screenings do not meet the criteria for inclusion, the next available date is the Hollywood premiere. Indeed, the guidelines explictly instructs us to use the premiere date if one is available, ahead of the general release date. Betty Logan (talk) 21:01, 28 August 2014
A premiere release is not an actual release date it's a premiere date. The national release for Wizard of Oz is August 25th and that is widely recognized as it's official release date
WP:FILMRELEASE begs to differ. A premiere is still a release, just not a general release. We don't distinguish between different types of release on Wikipedia (i.e. festival runs/limited releases/roadshows/general release/video release etc) because the infobox would become cluttered, so as explained by the guideline we simply go with the earliest date. THis has been dsicussed heavily in the past, which is why the guideline explicitly mentions that premiere dates are eligible. Betty Logan (talk) 21:15, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
Lordjoshua, despite being warned of the possible consequences, you continued to edit war on this against a number of editors, and against the guidelines. You have been reported at WP:AN3. - SchroCat (talk) 21:23, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercial adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
I don't much like that bold wording. I propose changing it to the following, provided this actually conveys the correct intended meaning, which I am not 100% sure about.
The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful cinematic adaptation of the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
Done I agree completely and have taken action. The second paragraph in the lede points out that the success did not come on initial release but on multiple, profitable re-releases and television viewings. Good catch, thanks! Jusdafax 04:52, 22 September 2014 (UTC)