Take it from Dorothy, tornadoes are not the best method of travel—unless you want to get to Oz!
The Wizard of Oz is an intoxicating array of Technicolor (which was still relatively new in the late 30s), quirky characters, and clever storytelling. Who can forget the Munchkins, the Yellow Brick Road, or those terrifying Flying Monkeys that still give us nightmares? Everybody’s seen The Wizard of Oz, and if you haven’t, stop reading this right now and don’t come back until you know all about the Lollipop Guild.
Admire these fantastical pieces of fan art, and expand your knowledge of the 1939 adaptation of The Wizard of Oz with these fun facts!
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You know the Ruby Slippers? Yeah, in the book they’re actually silver. They were changed to red for the film so they’d show up better in Technicolor.
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At the start of filming, Buddy Ebsen—that’s right, Jed Clampett from The Beverly Hillbillies—was set to play the Tin Man. He passed costume and makeup tests, and even recorded the songs for the soundtrack. Ebsen was hospitalized when his lungs failed due to a reaction to the aluminum powder makeup he had to wear. Unable to continue filming, he spent 2 weeks recovering in the hospital, and Jack Haley was hired to replace him.
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MGM wanted a young girl to star as Dorothy. At nine-years old, Shirley Temple was the studio’s first choice, but MGM could never reach an agreement with the actress. Instead, 16-year old Judy Garland was cast, and required to wear corset to make her look younger.
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Margaret Hamilton (Almira Gulch/the Wicked Witch) loved kids, and she was a kindergarten teacher before she got into acting. Additionally, many of the Wicked Witch’s scenes were cut from the film because they were considered to be too scary for children.
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The producers used Jello crystals to dye the Horse of a Different Color. They had a hard time keeping the horse from licking itself.
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There are a lot of coincidences between Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon album and The Wizard of Oz. If you start the album on the MGM Lion’s third roar, many of the songs correspond with scenes of the film.
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The cast worked long and hard to shoot the film. Six days a week for five months, the actors arrived on set at about 6 am to get their makeup, and worked until 7 or 8 pm.
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