Actors and Actresses Styles in The Wizard of Oz

Choosing the right actor or actress can be an important aspect in a film creating the Mise en scène. There are many styles of acting and I will be choosing three from The Wizard of Oz. The three I will focus on is Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin man) and their styles of acting. There different styles of acting will bring this film together to make a classical movie that still lives today. When you have a movie like this it has to be the actors and actresses that will be in the hearts of the audience.

Judy Garland is more of the Interpreter and according to Goodykoontz & Jacobs, “this description more typically refers to actors who take material and put their own stamp on it” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). She definitely brought the character to life and put her stamp on it. It shows in the you tube video “Judy Garland as Dorothy”. She really puts her stamp by bringing the other characters to life. Being a child star she does a wonderful performance in taking the material and making it her own. Being in the black and white part of the film Dorothy really interprets Oz by singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” a place where she believes is her dream world of living. It is like everything Judy Garland touches is gold because of her acting style.

(Judy Garland a career in pictures, 2014).

Ray Bolger is a personality actor that brings the singing and dancing character of the scarecrow to life. It shows the personality he has to bring that character to life his own personal touch. Looking at the photo’s shows his personality through dance and by some of the dance moves he shows also shows in the scarecrow. He also has a happy character and most song and dance actors show just that kind of emotion and that is how the character is made personable.

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Lastly, Jack Haley and his style is character acting. Jack Haley was able to create his character and bring the tin man to life. He was able to adapt to the 30 movies he was in and it didn’t matter he was good at being the character as if it was in his own life. He worked well with scripts and directors and one of his best was The Tin Man on the Wizard of Oz. His song and dance brought the tin man to life and make him a great companion to the scarecrow and Dorothy.

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Judy Garland has been an actress who has been able to fill many roles even as an adult. Song and dance would earn her other roles but not as the character world such as Dorthy but as an adult who sings and dances her way on the movie world. So for her being in the interpreter category always I don’t believe this to be true of her characters all the time. One of her films The Easter Parade she is a lady who wants to be in the Easter parade but can’t because of not having someone of stature. Judy Garland is really what is called a wild card and according to Goodykoontnz & Jacobs, “an actor who is difficult to classify as one certain type, often because he or she can play a wide variety of characters equally well without becoming typecast” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). Another great film she was in showed a new style of acting for her that was more reaistic. this movie clip will show how she is able to perform a different way of being able to be characters. She is able to do many styles as an actress and has been successful in her career. She was truly an amazing actress.

(Judy Garland a career in pictures, 2014).

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Judy Garland as Dorothy (The Wizard Of Oz) – by (2011, February 11). Retrieved March 19, 2015, from

Judy Garland, a career in pictures. (2014, June 18). Retrieved March 19, 2015, from

Meet Me in St. Louis – Trailer #1. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2015, from

New Hair Now. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2015, from

Ray Bolger. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2015, from


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