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Weekend Discussion Thread: Favorite ‘Wizard of Oz’ Reference

I cannot believe we haven’t done this one, but apparently we haven’t.

This month was the 75th anniversary of the debut of “The Wizard of Oz,” (the movie I argue is the last, perhaps the only, commonly shared experience in America) and on another forum somebody has been asking “How many ‘Wizard of Oz’ references did they make?” I don’t know that anybody has ever counted them all, but let’s cite out favorites.

Mine comes from “Girls Town,” when Silver and Mary Lee’s gnarled mom yells out the window and Crow yells: “How would you like it if somebody picked apples off of you??”

What’s your pick?

(Keep those topics coming!)

56 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread: Favorite ‘Wizard of Oz’ Reference”

  1. Noraml_View82 says:

    Son of Peanut already referenced the line from an actual MST3K episode, but I love the slightly modified version from the Rifftrax Live: Plan 9 from Outer Space broadcast.

    An Army General is looking through his binoculars at an incoming flying saucer assault and I think it’s Bill that quips, “Surrender Dorothy…what the hell?”. I just love the addition of WTH, it’s the perfect sentiment to cap off the riff.


  2. Ngobleus says:

    #20–funny you should mention this being so scary for a kid; we had this on VHS at my parents’ house and watched it a lot when I was little. Funnily enough, the movie itself didn’t scare me all that much, but I had this bizarre fear of the MGM logo (not the original in the film, but the ‘static’ one of the lion in mid-roar included on the VHS print). To this day I can’t figure out why, although it didn’t help me with sitting through Don Bluth animated films (considering most of them were distributed my MGM on home video at the time).


  3. Meranalf says:

    I was almost done with a list of Oz references for Ward E when my computer crashed and I lost the file that had everything on it. I did notice a trend in their frequencies. There was a distinct drop-off when Joel left the show, and another when Trace left the show. In fact, during the Sci-Fi years, it was more common to not have an Oz reference than for there to be one. Season ten was particularly bereft of Oz references; looking at my hand-written notes, I only found two references. (Compare that to Teenagers from Outer Space, which has seven references, just in one episode.)


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  6. MWH1980 says:

    I do love when Forrester mocks the guys when they are losing their sanity over “The Castle of Fu Manchu.”



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