"I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too."
Description: The threatening words of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) in the motion picture The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Dorothy Gale is a young girl from Kansas. One day, a tornado swept across the plains and lifts her Midwest home into the sky, with Dorothy and her dog, Toto inside. As the tornado subsides, it drops the Gale house somewhere over the rainbow into the enchanted Land of Oz.
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
Unfortunately, Dorothy's house falls on the Wicked Witch of the East, an evil tyrant who rules the Land of the Munchkins. The Munchkins, however, hail Dorothy for killing the witch and Glinda, the Witch of the North arrives as the body of the dead witch is declared, "she's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead" by a Munchkin coroner.
In the midst of all of their jubilation, the Wicked Witch of the West arrives in a cloud of smoke and asks, "Who killed my sister? Who killed the Witch of the East? Was it you?" Dorothy cowers, and says, "No...No, it was an accident, I didn‘t mean to kill anybody." "Well, my little pretty, I can cause accidents, too," growls the green-faced witch.
Glinda the Good Witch of the North (Billie Burke) who came to Munchkin Land soon after the the witch's death, waves her magic wand and the ruby slippers on the Wicked Witch of the East appear on Dorothy's feet.
Covetous of the shoe’s special powers, the Wicked Witch of the West cackles, "Their gone. The ruby slippers…what have you done with them?" Seeing the shoes on Dorothy's feet, the witch greedily says, "Give them back to me or I’ll...Give me back my slippers. I’m the only one that knows how to use them. They’re of no use to you. Give them back, give them back."
The wicked witch tries to remove Dorothy's new shoes, but she is repelled by a great magic within the shoes. "Keep tight inside of them," Glinda advises Dorothy, "their magic must be very powerful, or she wouldn't want them so badly!"
Frustrated at her inability to obtain the shoes, the wicked witch threatens to "fix" Glinda for meddling in her affairs, Glinda rebukes the evil witch, saying, "Rubbish, you have no power here. Begone! Before somebody drops a house on you."
Conceding a temporary defeat, the wicked witch replies, "Very well, I‘ll bide my time. And as for you, my fine lady. True, I can't attend to you here and now as I'd like, but just try to stay out of my way. Just try. I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too.”
Frightened and wanting to go home, Glinda the Witch tells Dorothy she needs to travel to the Emerald City to meet with the Great and Powerful Oz., a mighty magician who can help her get back to Kansas. And so following a yellow brick road that leads to the wizard, Dorothy begins her journey.
Along the way she befriends The Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) and Tin Man (Jack Haley) who accompany her to the Emerald City. Each of them also hope to get a special favor from the Wizard. The Scarecrow wants a brain. The Tin Man wants a heart.
Not soon after, The Wicked Witch of the West appears and warns Dorothy's new friends not to interfere with her plans to get the ruby slippers or she will "stuff a mattress" with the Scarecrow’s insides and turn the Tin Man into "bee hive."
Continuing on, Dorothy, her dog, Toto and her two new friends travel through a dark, creepy forest and confront a growling lion. "Put 'em up! Put ’em up!" threatens the seemingly ferocious feline.
To show his superiority, the lion agrees to fight Scarecrow and Tin Man at the same time and sweetens the pot, saying, "I'll fight you with one paw tied behind my back. I'll fight you standing on one foot. I'll fight you with my eyes closed."
The lion calls the Tin Man a "shivering junkyard" and the Scarecrow "a lop-sided bag of hay." But when the lion tries to attack Dorothy’s little dog, Toto, her owner smacks the nasty cat across his snout. Sobbing, the lion says, "You didn't have to go and hit me. Is my nose bleeding?"
It was at that point that Dorothy realizes, "Why you’re nothing but a great big coward." The lion admits his weakness and confesses, "I haven't any courage at all. I even scare myself." Then Dorothy invites the lion to join their quest so he, too, can petition the Wizard for favor, namely the courage he needs to maintain his dignity.
As Dorothy nears the Emerald City, she walks through a field of beautiful poppy whose poisonous fragrance proves fatal to living things. Burt fear not, Glinda the Witch of the North intervenes and counteracts, the poisonous poppy's with a shower of enchanted snow flakes that revive Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and Toto, the dog.
After gaining entrance to the Emerald City, Dorothy seeks an audience with The Great Wizard of Oz. While waiting admittance, the Cowardly Lion fantasizes what he will do with the courage he will receive from the Wizard and proclaims, "If I were King of the Forest" and then states he would command fish and fowl with a “royal growl”; and if he were king he wouldn't be afraid of "not nobody, not no how." If provoked by a hippopotamus, he'd thrash it "from top to bottomus." If cornered by an elephant, he’d "wrap him in up cellophant." And if bothered by a brontosaurus, he'd show him "who was king of the forest."
While preparing for their audience with "Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz," the Wicked Witch of the West, riding on her broom, writes the message "Surrender Dorothy" in the sky above the Emerald City.
Finally admitted to the wizard's headquarters, Dorothy and company approach the Wizard, whose appearance is masked in billowing flames and smoke. The travelers cower at the sight and then each of them present their pleas for help.
The Tin Man requests a heart, but the Wizard bellows, "You dare come to me for a heart, do you? You clinking clanking collection of collisionous junk!" The Scarecrow asks for a brain, but the Wizard lashes out, "You billowing bale of bovine fodder."
When the time comes for the Cowardly Lion to ask for courage, the Wizard shouts, "Silence Whippersnapper." When the scaredy cat lion faints under the strain, Dorothy chastises the Wizard and tells him that he "should be ashamed" for scaring the timid creature.
After careful consideration, the Wizard of Oz promises to help each of them with their problems, but first they must do something for him. Namely, bring him the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West. Although a difficult task, Dorothy and her friends agree to the challenge and head out to find the evil witch.
As they travel through a haunted forest, an army of flying monkeys (sent by the witch) descend upon them. Overpowered, the monkeys capture Dorothy and Toto and fly them back to the witch's eerie castle. In the struggle, the Scarecrow's body is torn to shreds. Complaining to his comrades, he says, "They tore my legs off and they threw them over there. Then they took my chest out and they threw it over there."
Regrouping, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion travel to the witch's castle, lead by Toto who escaped the witches clutches to find Dorothy's loyal companions.
At the climax of the film, the Wicked Witch of the West corners Dorothy Gale, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion atop her castle.
"Well," cackles the witch, "Ring around the rosey, pocket of full of spears. Thought you'd be pretty foxy. Well, the last to go will see the first three go before her...and your mangy little dog, too.” The witch ignites the straws in her broom, and announces, "How about a little fire, Scarecrow?"
As the witch sets the Scarecrow’s arm ablaze, Dorothy grabs a nearby bucket of water to quench the flames, but most of the fluid misses and hits the witch. The water “liquidates” the evil witch into nothingness.
Melting into the ground, the witch laments, “You cursed brat, look what you've done. I‘m melting...melting. Oh what a world! What a world! Who could have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness. Ooooh! No! No!...I‘m going...Ooooh!...Oooooooh!"
Note: In the film Reservoir Dogs (1992), a criminal named Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) tortures LAPD Officer Marvin Nash with the flame of a lighter."Please! Please...Don't burn me, man...Look, I... I got a little kid at home." But the heartless Mr. Blonde continues his torture, saying, "How 'bout a little fire, Scarecrow?"
The sketch comedy series MADtv created a hilarious spoof (alternate ending) for the classic film The Wizard of Oz. The following is an edited transcript:
|Glinda:||You've always had the power to go back to Kansas.|
|Dorothy:||[angry] Excuse me?!|
|Scarecrow:||Why didn't you tell her before?|
|Glinda:||Because she wouldn't have believed me.|
|Dorothy:||Are you out of your F*CKING MIND?!?! You came down in a big bubble!! I would've believed anything that you'd said. If you told me the only way to get home is to lick to Lollipop Guild, I would've done it!|
|Cowardly Lion:||Then you would never've met us.|
|Dorothy:||I could've done without the three of you. A teenage girl... skipping down the road with three dudes... I'd have to sleep with my hands between my legs! Thank God, I have a dog!|
|Tin Man:||You didn't have to be afraid of me, Dorothy.|
|Dorothy:||Believe me. I picked up on that right away, TINSEL TOES.|
|Dorothy:||So, how do I get home, you witch?|
|Glinda:||Just click your heels.|
|Dorothy:||CLICK MY HEELS?!?! Listen, baby talk, I'm about a hair away from punching you in the face!!|
|Tin Man:||Please don't...|
|Dorothy:||Zip it, homo. So, I click my heels... then what? Better be more complicated than that or I'm gonna go ballistic!!|
|Glinda:||Oh, it's much more complicated than that. You have to click your heels and say... [waves wand] "There's no place like home. There's no place like home." [Dorothy knocks the wand out of Glinda's hand]|
|Glinda:||And you would've been home in two seconds.|
|Dorothy:||I coulda been home TWO SECONDS after I got here?!!!!|
|Glinda:||Oh, there are many other ways you could've gotten home. You could've... clapped your hands... you could've winked or brushed your eyelash. You could've sneezed or turned your head quickly. Any of those ways and would've been home.|
|Dorothy:||YOU PHSYCO GLITTER BITCH!! [Dorothy strangles Glinda. The others pull them apart.]|
|Dorothy:||I almost went up in a balloon with that crazy old man. You're enjoying this, aren't you? YOU SICK F*CK!!! You're so much worse than the other witches. Well, at least I knew where I stood with them. You're two-faced!|
|Glinda:||Oh... I was just trying to help you. I was trying to teach you a lesson.|
|Dorothy:||TEACH ME A LESSON?!? Your not my parents!!! MY PARENTS ARE DEAD!!!!! I live with my Aunt Em and three creepy uncles who are pawing at me everyday and telling me how pretty I look in my checkered dress! TEACH ME A LESSON! HOW DARE YOU!! [Dorothy strangles Glinda again. The Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow unsuccessfully constrain her]|
|Dorothy:||C'mon cotton candy!!! Come on! [Dorothy clobbers Glinda]|