Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Social > Off Topic

Forums
· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions
   

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-26-2007, 09:27 PM   #1
SarcasticDwarf
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 9,576
Default Why did the Wizard of Oz premier in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin of all places?

Anyone?
SarcasticDwarf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2007, 09:30 PM   #2
IronWing
Lifer
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 33,852
Default Why did the Wizard of Oz premier in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin of all places?

Because it is Cowomonoco spelled backwards.
__________________
Quote:
I'm not being upset. I'm just stating my opinionated fact. - John Conner
IronWing is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2007, 09:32 PM   #3
Linflas
Lifer
 
Linflas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Manassas, VA
Posts: 14,664
Default Why did the Wizard of Oz premier in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin of all places?

Reason unknown according to this site: Text
Quote:
The Movie was first seen outside of the MGM studios in mid-June, 1939, where it was sneaked into theaters in southern California to gauge audience reaction. This version was not completely edited, however. It was after a sneak preview in either Santa Barbara or San Bernardino that "The Jitterbug" was cut, for instance (see question 12.20 for more about that number), and one sneak preview may not have had "Over the Rainbow" in it. The first publicized showing of the final, edited film was at the Strand Theatre in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on August 12, 1939. No one is sure exactly why a small town in the Midwest received that honor. The official premiere was at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on August 15, attended by most of the cast and crew and a number of Hollywood celebrities. Notably absent, however, was Judy Garland ? she was on the East Coast with Mickey Rooney, rehearsing a vaudeville act. They were preparing for the New York City premiere of The Movie at the Capitol Theatre, where they would perform after each showing, and publicize their forthcoming movie, Babes in Arms, beginning August 17. After those openings, it continued to open throughout the United States. The Movie was first shown in Canada on September 14, 1939, and Spanish- and Portuguese-language versions opened in Latin America on November 19. The first European release was in December of 1939 in Great Britain.
__________________
"God has created the cat to give man the pleasure of caressing the tiger"
Theophile Gautier
"Your politics don't piss me off. They may make me shake my head in amazement at your
blatant denial of reality, but they don't piss me off."
Amused
Linflas is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2007, 02:40 AM   #4
Kanalua
Diamond Member
 
Kanalua's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 4,860
Default Why did the Wizard of Oz premier in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin of all places?

I don't know why, but it is one of my all-time favorite movies...

Takes me back to the carefree days of my youth, every time.
__________________
| kiapolo.com (blog) | Gear List | Flickr | YouTube | 2012 Project 366 | Hōkūle`a (My 24 week micro-preemie baby girl) |
Kanalua is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2007, 08:59 AM   #5
Zolty
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,603
Default Why did the Wizard of Oz premier in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin of all places?

Because wisconsin rocks!!!
__________________
My Heat
ERAU Prescott

Zolty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2007, 09:01 AM   #6
archiloco
Golden Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,827
Default Why did the Wizard of Oz premier in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin of all places?

prolly a producer was from that town?
__________________
archiloco is the good stuff
archiloco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2007, 09:03 AM   #7
Kelemvor
Lifer
 
Kelemvor's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 16,733
Default Why did the Wizard of Oz premier in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin of all places?

Quote:
Originally posted by: Zolty
Because wisconsin rocks!!!
THat's what i was going to say. heh heh.

But not sure why they'd pick Oconomowoc of all places.
__________________
Take It Outside!!
Kelemvor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2007, 09:04 AM   #8
Amused
Elite Member
 
Amused's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Torrance CA
Posts: 48,911
Default Why did the Wizard of Oz premier in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin of all places?

Doesn't much matter. It was a flop in it's time.
__________________
President and Ambivalent Dictator for Life of The Amused Fsck Off and Die Club

Join Now!!!

Everything I post is, by default, NSFW. There's your warning! Now stop wasting your boss' money and get back to work!
Amused is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2007, 09:07 AM   #9
Kelemvor
Lifer
 
Kelemvor's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 16,733
Default Why did the Wizard of Oz premier in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin of all places?

Occasionally during the 20th century, southeast Wisconsin has been, however briefly, the center of the entertainment universe. And so it was in the summer of 1939, when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in an apparent attempt to drum up grass-roots interest in its latest glossy spectacle, staged the premiere showing of "The Wizard of Oz" in Oconomowoc's own Strand Theatre.

"World Premier Showing!

"It's Everything You've Heard

"M-G-M's 'The Wizard of Oz' - in gorgeous Technicolor.

"The promise is fulfilled! For months America has read about the wonders of M-G-M's great motion picture 'The Wizard of Oz.' Now you will see it on the screen - and everything you have heard is true."


- advertisement in the - OconomowocEnterprise,Aug. 11, 1939
http://www2.jsonline.com/enter/gen/d...pt311230-1.asp
__________________
Take It Outside!!
Kelemvor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2007, 09:14 AM   #10
Mucho
Diamond Member
 
Mucho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Toronto
Posts: 8,233
Default Why did the Wizard of Oz premier in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin of all places?

I dont know but its the only movie I never get tired watching.
__________________
"My great day came and went, I do not know how.
Because it did not pass through dawn when it came,
nor through dusk when it went."
Antonio Porchia
Mucho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2011, 04:20 PM   #11
rollyn
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 1
Default

MGM had spent 3 million dollars to make the film - much money in 1939
and wanted a smaller - one day at a time opening versus a big splash and possible failure - Meinhardt Raabe, who played the coroner in the film. was from Watertown, Wisconsin - certainly closer to Oconomowoc than Hollywood - maybe it was something that simple or quirky that led MGM to do a small town open...
rollyn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2011, 04:26 PM   #12
deadlyapp
Diamond Member
 
deadlyapp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 3,779
Default

interesting necro.
deadlyapp is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.