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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by SarcasticDwarf, Feb 26, 2007.
Because it is Cowomonoco spelled backwards.
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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.
Because wisconsin rocks!!!
prolly a producer was from that town?
THat's what i was going to say. heh heh.
But not sure why they'd pick Oconomowoc of all places.
Doesn't much matter. It was a flop in it's time.
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
I dont know but its the only movie I never get tired watching.
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...