This marks the end of a two-hour journey for me. It began as I was in the shower (where I get some of my best ideas) when it suddenly occurred to me that highly religious America had been hornswoggled!
Surely, The Wizard Of Oz was a plea for HUMANISM?
So I checked out the film on both IMDb and Wiki and – NOTHING. Oh, there were theories it could be POLITICALLY allegorical – except they were mostly fallacious.
Then, being pretty familiar with the movie (as I’m assuming YOU are) and aware the book is now public domain, I began searching online for the bit where, in the movie, the wizard is unmasked as a charlatan – but then proceeds to deliver WAY more sense to the protagonists than you would normally expect from Hollywood.
Pure Humanism, in fact.
And I discovered that bit of the book is pretty close to the movie – almost word for word.
So why had no-one ELSE seen what I had?
Well, at that point, I GOOGLED “Wizard Of Oz Humanist” and discovered they HAD.
SEVERAL people. Just no-one who has contributed to IMDb or Wiki.
Ironically, in the past (as Wiki HAD reported) various Christian groups HAVE protested the movie – but they too missed the point completely.
All of which makes The Wizard Of Oz the cleverest “message” movie of all time!