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Jay Scarfone
Jay Scarfone and William Stillman are the authors of several books on the creation and legacy of the motion picture The Wizard of Oz. Historians and collectors since the 1970s, they have amassed one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive archives of memorabilia from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s (MGM) The Wizard of Oz, the holdings of which include rare photographic images and authentic costumes and props from the film’s production. Additionally, they have been contributors and advisors to countless other books, periodicals, and documentaries on Hollywood history, memorabilia, and collectibles. They have appraised rare The Wizard of Oz material for auction houses and have lectured audiences about the classic film through numerous venues. They live in Pennsylvania.

Entries by Jay Scarfone

Courage for Sale: Oz's Cowardly Lion Costume Heads to The Auction Block

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 4:44 PM


Many of us grew up watching The Wizard of Oz on its annual television outing. We were mesmerized by the terrible tornado and were awed along with Dorothy when she opened the door to her farmhouse to realize she had been...

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A 75th Anniversary This Month: The Wizard of Oz!

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 12:15 PM


In honor of its 75th anniversary, my co-author, William Stillman, of the new compendium The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion, and I look back at some of the origins of what is arguably the best-loved motion picture of all time.

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The Truth About Shirley Temple's "Wizard of Oz" Connection

(7) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Coauthored by William Stillman

This week we mourn the loss -- and celebrate the legacy -- of Shirley Temple Black, an international entertainment icon, and one of the very last surviving mega-stars of Hollywood's golden age. All of Ms. Temple Black's obituaries reference her connection to the 1939 film classic...

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The Wizard of Oz and Innocence Lost

(7) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 6:18 PM

This week, NBC Entertainment announced it will air Emerald City, a 10-episode miniseries based on storylines in the original Oz book series written by L. Frank Baum (1856-1919). To fans of the classic 1939 Judy Garland film, such an announcement could hold promise of an inspired piece of television programming...

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10 More Things You Never Noticed About The Wizard of Oz

(39) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 2:31 PM

As authors of the new tribute book The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion, we were pleasantly surprised at the popular reception of our recent Huffington Post article entitled 10 Things You Never Noticed About The Wizard of Oz. As a follow-up piece for all of...

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10 cosas que no sabías sobre 'El mago de Oz'

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 9:57 AM

A casi todo el mundo le encanta la película El mago de Oz, y la mayoría de nosotros la ha visto tantas veces que puede reproducir los diálogos o lanzarse a cantar a capella la versión de Over the rainbow en cualquier momento. Aprovechando que el año que viene Oz...

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10 Things You Never Noticed About The Wizard of Oz

(709) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 1:23 PM

Nearly everyone loves The Wizard of Oz, and most of us have seen it enough times to quote certain lines verbatim ("I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!") or break into an a cappella version of 'We're Off to See the Wizard" at a moment's notice. Since...

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'The Wizard of Oz' Turns 75: A Look Back at a Film Classic

(24) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 12:04 PM

The celebration for next year's 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz is already underway. And to quote the Mayor of Munchkinland, "Let the joyous news be spread!" Many baby boomers still cherish the memories of settling in with the family to watch the annual TV showing of 1939's The...

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