Shirley Temple's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his family and is arrested. A Yankee takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the ... See full summary »
Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time. Five years later, Eddie and his ex-convict buddy Larry, have both gone straight... See full summary »
Wealthy Edward Morgan becomes charmed with a curly-haired orphan and her pretty older sister Mary and arranges to adopt both under the alias of "Mr. Jones." As he spends more time with them, he soon finds himself falling in love with Mary.
After Southern belle Elizabeth Lloyd runs off to marry Yankee Jack Sherman, her father, a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War, vows to never speak to her again. Several years ... See full summary »
Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies... See full summary »
One of the film industries "urban legends" is that "The Wizard of Oz" was a flop on release. This is simply not the case. While it did not immediately become the "icon" that "Gone With the Wind" quickly blossomed into, it was a success. Crowds swarmed to its roadshow engagements. However, its budget was huge by 1939 standards (over $2.5 million), and it didn't make as much money as smaller pictures would have - obviously. "The Blue Bird" was 20th's response, and IT indeed was a flop. Unlike "Oz," numerous television showings have not endeared it to new audiences over the years, and it has largely been forgotten, as has been the bloated Russian/American bizarre remake from the 70s.
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland toured the large cities with an "Oz" roadshow during its initial run, and the houses were packed - EVERYWHERE. Again, the word "flop" is simply not applicable to MGM's film. Keep in mind that movies cost about 10 - 25 cents in 1939, and "Oz"'s budget is equivalent to roughly $250 million in 2004.
I would guess that "The Blue Bird" also required a massive budget, from the looks of it. But people were NOT lined up around the block for that one.
"BB" is worth a look, if only to see how NOT to make a lavish musical for a studio cash cow.
(Oh my, I'm not useful. 2005)
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