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'The Wizard of Oz': Past and present

In this 1939 file photo originally released by

In this 1939 file photo originally released by Warner Bros., Bert Lahr is the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger is the Scarecrow, Judy Garland is Dorothy, and Jack Haley is the Tin Woodman in a scene from "The Wizard of Oz." The popular movie was adapted from the 1900 children's classic, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," by L. Frank Baum. Photo Credit: AP

"The Wondeful Wizard of Oz" was published by L. Frank Baum in 1900. The classic film adaptation was released in 1939, and Disney's "Oz The Great and Powerful," starring James Franco in the title role, will be released March 8, 2013. Here's a look at "Oz" past and present, plus a possible inspiration for the Yellow Brick Road.

In this 1939 file photo originally released by
Photo Credit: AP

In this 1939 file photo originally released by Warner Bros., Bert Lahr is the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger is the Scarecrow, Judy Garland is Dorothy, and Jack Haley is the Tin Woodman in a scene from "The Wizard of Oz." The popular movie was adapted from the 1900 children's classic, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," by L. Frank Baum.

This film image shows the character China Girl,
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This film image shows the character China Girl, voiced by Joey King, left, and James Franco, as Oz, in a scene from "Oz the Great and Powerful," which hits theaters March 8, 2013. Local historian John Curran has evidence that the inspiration for "Oz's" Yellow Brick Road may have Peekskill origins.

A historian claims that there is evidence to
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A historian claims that there is evidence to suggest that the original yellow brick road featured in L. Frank Baum's 'Wizard of Oz" is actually based on this Peekskill street, formerly known as West Street. Baum spent a two years of his childhood in Peekskill. (Feb. 28, 2013)

This film image released by Disney Enterprises shows
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This film image released by Disney Enterprises shows a scene from "Oz the Great and Powerful."

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"Oz The Great and Powerful," a fantasy adventure from Disney that imagines the origins of the Wizard of Oz character, opens Friday. Rated PG. Pictured: James Franco, left; Mila Kunis, right

Follow the Yellow Brick Road... in Peekskill? John
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Follow the Yellow Brick Road... in Peekskill? John Curran of the the Peekskill Museum claims that there is evidence to suggest that the fictional path featured in L. Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz" is actually based on a real road in Peekskill. (Feb. 28, 2013)

This film image released by Disney Enterprises shows
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This film image released by Disney Enterprises shows a scene from "Oz the Great and Powerful."

This film image released by Disney Enterprises shows
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This film image released by Disney Enterprises shows James Franco, as Oz, left, and the character Finley, voiced by Zach Braff, in a scene from "Oz the Great and Powerful."

This film image released by Disney Enterprises shows
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This film image released by Disney Enterprises shows James Franco, left, and Michelle Williams in a scene from "Oz the Great and Powerful."

A still from
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A still from "Oz the Great and Powerful," in theaters March 8.

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