Why did the Wizard of Oz premier in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin of all places?

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  1. SarcasticDwarf

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  2. IronWing

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    Because it is Cowomonoco spelled backwards.
     
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  4. Kanalua

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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.
     
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    Because wisconsin rocks!!!
     
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    prolly a producer was from that town?
     
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    THat's what i was going to say. heh heh.

    But not sure why they'd pick Oconomowoc of all places.
     
  8. Amused

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    Doesn't much matter. It was a flop in it's time.
     
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    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/dec99/excerpt311230-1.asp
     
  10. Mucho

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    I dont know but its the only movie I never get tired watching.
     
  11. rollyn

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    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...
     
  12. deadlyapp

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    interesting necro.