Oz in the News 5.17.14

Leaving his Bel-Nor home for the 23rd annual Wizard of Oz festival on Sept. 15, 2004, Mickey Carroll leaves behind a relic from his vaudeville past. An oil pastel dated 1934 was made as a publicity poster for Carroll when he was 11 years old and appearing with a song and dance troupe at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis.

Leaving his Bel-Nor home for the 23rd annual Wizard of Oz festival on Sept. 15, 2004, Mickey Carroll leaves behind a relic from his vaudeville past. An oil pastel dated 1934 was made as a publicity poster for Carroll when he was 11 years old and appearing with a song and dance troupe at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis.

Jury sides with caretaker in ‘Wizard of Oz’ actor’s estate case  St. Louis County jurors returned a quick verdict in favor of “Wizard of Oz” actor Mickey Carroll’s caretaker on Friday, rejecting claims that she owed money to his estate. Carroll’s nieces and nephews alleged the woman, Linda Dodge, took advantage of him and isolated him from family while enjoying meals, trips and other perks that came with his fame. They had sought up to $249,000 that they alleged she drained from Carroll’s account through that manipulation, plus punitive damages. But after a week-long trial, jurors took less than two hours to decide in favor of Dodge on the claims of conversion, undue influence and breach of fiduciary duty.

‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’  I’ll be honest; there hasn’t been an animated feature that I have been excited in seeing in a very long time. Not to say that I was camping outside of the movie theater to watch this one, but my love for the 1939 movie had me intrigued, and the huge names that were attached to voicing some of the characters. Have we reached a point where Dan Aykroyd and Martin Short are not A list movie stars anymore? I refuse to accept it. However, I was a little surprised on how much they were left out of the movie.

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