Happy 70th anniversary, 'The Wizard of Oz'! (Name your favorite lines!)

Break out those ruby red slippers, PopWatchers! Today marks the 70th anniversary of 1939’s epic The Wizard of Oz. And the only thing more impressive than the film’s ability to hold up for contemporary audiences is the fact that there are still some munchkins alive to celebrate the movie’s septuagenarian status. If the secret to long life is a diet of lollipops, I’m in!

Though rightly revered for its ground-breaking visual effects, and Judy Garland’s effervescent on-screen presence, we know what’s most fun about the film: the quoteables. While famous quotes from old-time films like All About Eve (“Fasten your seatbelts—it’s going to be a bumpy night.“) and Auntie Mame (“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!“) are slowly but tragically being omitted from the lexicons of future generations, The Wizard of Oz‘s best lines continue to be referenced by folks of all ages. Who hasn’t seen an embroidered pillow reading “There’s no place like home”? Or screamed “I’m melting! Melting! Oh, what a world, what a world!” during an oppressively hot day?

So let’s pet our little dogs and toast the classic film with a poll of your favorite Wizard of Oz quotes! Tell me, PopWatchers, which famous lines from the film do you find yourself referencing most? List them below, or…I’ll bite you myself!

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  • K2

    If I was the King of the Forrest.

  • K030

    I’m melting.

  • Jim

    Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

  • caitisully

    I always loved “I think I’ll miss you most of all,” because it’s like, Oh. Well. Fine, be that way, ha ha. Yikes.

  • Cat

    I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!!!

  • Bobby’s Robot

    “Some people go this way, some people go that way, and of course some people go BOTH ways!”

  • Rich

    Frightened? Child, you’re talking to a man who’s laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom, and chuckled at catastrophe… I was petrified.

  • Rob

    Growing up, my family’s favorite quote from “The Wizard of Oz” was always, “And Toto, too” which the good witch answers to Dorothy’s question about taking her dog home to Kansas. I think we all liked the alliteration if the line.

  • P.J.

    Cowardly Lion to the Wizard:
    But what if…she kills us first?

  • John

    Glinda (aka Galinda) to Dorothy: Its always good to start at the beginning… Just follow the Yellow Brick Road.

  • Glenda

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

    • Christine

      Amen, Glenda!

  • Whooper

    Who rang that Bell?

  • B

    Hearts will never be practical until they’re made to be unbreakable

    • Cee

      I love this quote!

  • DanOregon

    I’ll get you my pretty, and you’re little dog too! says all you need to know about the Wicked Witch of the West. She uses a term of endearment while threatening a person – and just to make sure we know how bad she is – she lets Dorothy know that even after Dorothy is “gotten” – Toto will get his too.

  • CEV

    “Follow the yellow brick road! Follow the yellow brick road! Follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow brick road!”

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