by Tony Dayoub
Late last month, Warner Home Video released the 70th Anniversary 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of The Wizard of Oz (1939) (there's a pretty nice package on Blu-ray as well). It is a wonderful package which includes the newly remastered film, with commentary by historian John Fricke, a featurette on the restoration, a Dolby 5.1 Sing-Along feature, outtakes, deleted scenes, and much more. I have one copy of the DVD available to give away (courtesy of Warner Home Video) to the first person who can answer the following question correctly. But first, the rules:
The following rules apply:
1. Your full name and mailing address MUST be included with your entry. (This is necessary to notify the winner, and to arrange shipping of the prizes. Specific mailing address information will be kept confidential.)
2. Please write OZ in the subject line of your email.
3. All three parts of the question must be answered correctly.
4. Only ONE entry per person please!
5. The giveaway is only open to readers who reside in the continental U.S.
6. Family and friends of Cinema Viewfinder's staff are not eligible.
Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. Eastern time, today, October 20th, and the winners will be notified later this evening.
All entries MUST be sent to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
And now, the Question:
Name the following three things:
a) Who was the actor originally cast to play the Scarecrow?
b) What was the name of the long-running Seventies series in which he played the title character?
c) And what was the name of the series where he first played that character?
Update: We have a winner. Adam Zanzie won the DVD. And here are his answers:
a) Buddy Ebsen. He dropped out of the role only after Ray Bolger persuaded him to switch parts; suddenly Ebsen was in the role of the Tin Man, and the costume irritated his allergies so much that he had to drop out of the whole movie entirely!
b) Barnaby Jones
Thank you to everyone who participated, and stay tuned to this site for more contests like this in the future.