American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"The Wizard of Oz" (1939)

 

The Wizard's Balloon Send-Off Speech

    

Audio mp3 of address delivered by Frank Morgan

Oz: This is positively the finest exhibition ever to be shown -- well, eh...well, be that as it may, I, your Wizard, per ardua ad alta, am about to embark upon a hazardous and technically unexplainable journey into the outer stratosphere...to confer, converse, and otherwise hobnob with my brother wizards.

And I hereby decree that until what time, if any, that I return the Scarecrow, by virtue of his highly superior brains, shall rule in my stead, assisted by the Tin Man, by virtue of his magnificent heart, and the Lion, by virtue of his courage.

Obey them as you would me.

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