Last night April and I walked down to City Hall to watch one of my all time favorite movies; The Wizard of Oz. The Wizard of Oz was filmed at Sony Studios (formerly MGM) just down the street from our apartment. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of its release the city put on a free screening of the film as part of the Made in Culver City series.
Judy Garland's son was there, which was cool enough. But even better, Jerry Maren, one of the original Munchkins showed up. He was the leader of the Lollypop Guild and was the one who gave the giant lollypop to Dorothy.
Maren talked about what it was like shooting the movie in Culver City back in the 1930's and shared some stories about hanging out in the Culver Hotel with all the other Munchkins. It was the largest gathering of little people in history and their hijinks there are the stuff of legend.
But it gets even better. Maren actually performed the Lollypop Guild song and dance on the stage for us. I'm so glad I brought my camera.
It's really fun to have all this stuff right here in Culver City.
There's no place like home.