Script for The Wizard of Oz

The challenge of adapting L. Frank Baum's book The Wizard of Oz to film began with the screenplay. From March 1938 to March 1939, more than a dozen people, most uncredited, worked on writing and revising the script. This page, from an early version of the script by lead screenwriter Noel Langley, notes the change from black and white to color. In this famous scene, Dorothy steps out of her farmhouse into Oz and says to her dog Toto, "I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
Currently not on view
Object Name
book, script
Date made
associated date
Langley, Noel
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 8 1/2 in x 11 in x 1 in; 21.59 cm x 27.94 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Motion Pictures
Wizard of Oz
Popular Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Turner Entertainment Co.
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
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Visitor Comments

8/21/2013 8:35:18 PM
LeeAnn Greenlaw
. My daughter, Sydney is 10 years old and a 4th generation fan of Wizard of Oz! She was beyond thrilled to view the original scrip online. Thank you for this opportunity! The Museum truly made a 10 year old very happy!
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