History Trivia / TheWizardOfOz

10th Dec '17 11:10:22 AM nombretomado
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* FollowTheLeader: The film was greenlit after the enormous success of Walt Disney's fairy-tale musical masterpiece ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'' (Walt was planning his own adaptation for what would become the DisneyAnimatedCanon before MGM's production convinced him to drop the idea).

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* FollowTheLeader: The film was greenlit after the enormous success of Walt Disney's fairy-tale musical masterpiece ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'' (Walt was planning his own adaptation for what would become the DisneyAnimatedCanon Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon before MGM's production convinced him to drop the idea).
2nd Dec '17 3:18:17 PM fruitstripegum
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** Dorothy was originally going to be blonde and wear an even frumpier dress.
6th Nov '17 7:48:44 PM glickmam
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** The film went through no fewer than five directors. The first, Norman Taurog, oversaw initial casting and set construction, but left before shooting begin. Actual filming began under Richard Thorpe, who lasted a little over a week before being fired, after the footage he shot looked like absolute crap; Dorothy in particular was made to wear ridiculous-looking "baby doll" make-up. George Cukor then came on-board for a few days to help re-tool the film's look, before being sent off to work on ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', and replaced by Victor Fleming. Fleming oversaw the vast majority of filming, but was ironically sent away to replace Cukor on ''Gone with the Wind'', leaving King Vidor to handle filming of the Kansas scenes. In the end, Fleming was the only one of the five directors to be credited.

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** The film went through no fewer than five directors. The first, Norman Taurog, oversaw initial casting and set construction, but left before shooting begin. Actual filming began under Richard Thorpe, who lasted a little over a week before being fired, after producer Mervyn LeRoy decided that the footage he shot looked like absolute crap; Dorothy in particular was made to wear ridiculous-looking "baby doll" make-up. George Cukor then came on-board for a few days to help re-tool the film's look, including thankfully getting rid of Judy Garland's "baby doll" make-up and just telling her to just be herself, before being sent off to work on ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', and replaced by Victor Fleming. Fleming oversaw the vast majority of filming, but was ironically sent away to replace Cukor on ''Gone with the Wind'', leaving King Vidor to handle filming of the Kansas scenes. In the end, Fleming was the only one of the five directors to be credited.
13th Oct '17 9:52:12 AM ClintEastwood
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* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: A large bird walked on to the set during the filming of one of the scenes. At one point, it's clearly visible extending its wing... however, it was a silhouette, and it was hard to tell it was a bird... and not the corpse of a Munchkin. This gave birth to the famous, yet totally bogus, "Munchkin Suicide" urban legend.
4th Oct '17 10:58:21 AM yakko
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** The only requirement from the Hays office after reviewing the script was [[ThinkOfTheChildren not to make the witch too scary for kids.]]
3rd Oct '17 9:12:19 AM Wanderwolf
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*** The insurance company refused to sing off on it, of course.

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*** The insurance company refused to sing sign off on it, of course.
3rd Oct '17 9:10:11 AM Wanderwolf
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** A keen-eyed viewer may notice that the door being cut by the Tin Man's axe is ''not'' the door the four friends exit in the next scene. Originally, Dorothy's friends were to cut their way into a room, following the sound of familiar singing -- only to have been duped by the Wicked Witch. Planning to kill Dorothy, she roots the three to the spot, then constructs an illusory rainbow bridge between that spot and Dorothy's prison, going so far as to test it with one of her Winkie guards. The bridge starts out solid, but the center fades out, and, well, GravityIsAHarshMistress. She then magically forces Dorothy's friends to call out to her, luring Dorothy onto the bridge -- only to have the ruby slippers flare to life and carry Dorothy safely across! Sadly, as good as this scene sounds, the optical methods of the day weren't up to the rainbow bridge, so everything between cutting open the door and running away was, er, [[BadPun axed]].

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** A keen-eyed viewer may notice that the door being cut by the Tin Man's axe is ''not'' the door the four friends exit in the next scene. Originally, Dorothy's friends were to cut their way into a room, following the sound of familiar singing -- only to have been duped by the Wicked Witch. Planning to kill Dorothy, she roots the three to the spot, then constructs an illusory rainbow bridge between that spot and Dorothy's prison, going so far as to test it with one of her Winkie guards. The bridge starts out solid, but the center fades out, and, well, GravityIsAHarshMistress. She then magically forces Dorothy's friends to call out to her, luring Dorothy onto the bridge -- only to have the ruby slippers flare to life and carry Dorothy safely across! Sadly, as good as this scene sounds, the optical methods of the day weren't up to the rainbow bridge, so everything between cutting open the door and running away was, er, [[BadPun [[LamePun axed]].
3rd Oct '17 9:09:21 AM Wanderwolf
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** A keen-eyed viewer may notice that the door being cut by the Tin Man's axe is ''not'' the door the four friends exit in the next scene. Originally, Dorothy's friends were to cut their way into a room, following the sound of familiar singing -- only to have ben duped by the Wicked Witch. Planning to kill Dorothy, she roots the three to the spot, then constructs an illusory rainbow bridge between that spot and Dorothy's prison, going so far as to test it with one of her Winkie guards. The bridge starts out solid, but the center fades out, and, well, GravityIsAHarshMistress. She then magically forces Dorothy's friends to call out to her, luring Dorothy onto the bridge -- only to have the ruby slippers flare to life and carry Dorothy safely across! Sadly, as good as this scene sounds, the optical methods of the day weren't up to the rainbow bridge, so everything between cutting open the door and running away was, er, [[BadPun axed]].

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** A keen-eyed viewer may notice that the door being cut by the Tin Man's axe is ''not'' the door the four friends exit in the next scene. Originally, Dorothy's friends were to cut their way into a room, following the sound of familiar singing -- only to have ben been duped by the Wicked Witch. Planning to kill Dorothy, she roots the three to the spot, then constructs an illusory rainbow bridge between that spot and Dorothy's prison, going so far as to test it with one of her Winkie guards. The bridge starts out solid, but the center fades out, and, well, GravityIsAHarshMistress. She then magically forces Dorothy's friends to call out to her, luring Dorothy onto the bridge -- only to have the ruby slippers flare to life and carry Dorothy safely across! Sadly, as good as this scene sounds, the optical methods of the day weren't up to the rainbow bridge, so everything between cutting open the door and running away was, er, [[BadPun axed]].
3rd Oct '17 9:08:26 AM Wanderwolf
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** A keen-eyed viewer may notice that the door being cut by the Tin Man's axe is ''not'' the door the four friends exit in the next scene. Originally, Dorothy's friends were to cut their way into a room, following the sound of familiar singing -- only to have ben duped by the Wicked Witch. Planning to kill Dorothy, she roots the three to the spot, then constructs an illusory rainbow bridge between that spot and Dorothy's prison, going so far as to test it with one of her Winkie guards. The bridge starts out solid, but the center fades out, and, well, GravityIsAHarshMistress. She then magically forces Dorothy's friends to call out to her, luring Dorothy onto the bridge -- only to have the ruby slippers flare to life and carry Dorothy safely across! Sadly, as good as this scene sounds, the optical methods of the day weren't up to the rainbow bridge, so everything between cutting open the door and running away was, er, [[BadPun axed]].


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** To be exact, the original Tin Man makeup used aluminum powder, which was much shinier than Jack Haley's aluminum paste makeup. Unfortunately, the metal particles lined Buddy Ebsen's lungs until, as he put it, he took a breath and nothing happened. Margaret Hamilton, on the other hand, was badly burnt in the retake of her exit from Munchkinland -- a "tighter" timing of the fireball came entirely too close to her makeup. While she didn't catch on fire directly, this was bad enough, as the green facepaint was ''copper-based'', trapping the heat of the pyrotechnics. Hamilton remembered ever after the black flecks of burning makeup that were her first clue as to why the makeup man was stripping the stuff away so quickly.


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*** Deanna Durbin was also considered for one of the other possible scripts, and would have appeared as an opera-singing princess of Oz, counterpart to the jazz-singing Dorothy. Accounts vary as to the Shirley Temple story, however, as her singing talents, while impressive for her age, weren't quite up to a musical of this caliber.


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*** The insurance company refused to sing off on it, of course.
29th Sep '17 8:07:21 AM ClintEastwood
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* BeamMeUpScotty: The Wicked Witch is often misquoted as shouting, "Fly, my pretties!" as she sends out her army of flying monkeys, though she never refers to them as "my pretties".
** The line "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore!" is a misquote of Dorothy's line in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. The actual quote is "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
** Dorothy (nor anyone else) does not say "It's a twister, Auntie Em". One of the farm hands, Hunk (the "real life" counterpart of the Scarecrow) does say "It's a twister! It's a twister!"
*** Although in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', Stephen Stucker as Johnny says (while tangling himself in phone cords) "Auntie Em! Toto! It's a Twister! It's a Twister!"
** Speaking of the Scarecrow, some people think it was the Tin Man who misstated the Pythagorean Theorem instead of him. Also, when most people quote said line, they leave out the part where the Scarecrow says "Oh joy! Rapture! I've got a brain! How can I ever thank you enough?".
** Nowhere in the script are the Winged Monkeys ever called the Flying Monkeys. Although, the advertisements have used the term since at least [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNugTWHnSfw 1949]].
** Glinda tells Dorothy to "tap" her heels together in the actual film, with "knock" being used in the actual book. Theatre/TheWiz popularized it to be "click your heels..."



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Margaret Hamilton as the Witch provides a rather infamous example. She was a kindergarten teacher[[note]]In fact, two of her students were future fellow actors William Windom and Jim Backus.[[/note]], and children would ask her frequently after the film why she was so mean to Dorothy, to the point Hamilton guest starred on an episode of ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' to explain that the witch was only a role she played. It's also reported that Judy Garland found it difficult to actually fear her. Hamilton was also devoted to animal rights. Her presence in SPCA television spots was as ubiquitous as Sarah [=MacLachlan=]'s today. Apparently, the reason that Dorothy hides behind the Tin Man and Scarecrow when they're ambushed by the Cowardly Lion is because she was about to start laughing.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Margaret Hamilton as the Witch provides a rather infamous example. She was a kindergarten teacher[[note]]In fact, two of her students were future fellow actors William Windom and Jim Backus.[[/note]], and children would ask her frequently after the film why she was so mean to Dorothy, to the point Hamilton guest starred on an episode of ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' to explain that the witch was only a role she played. It's also reported that Judy Garland found it difficult to actually fear her. Hamilton was also devoted to animal rights. Her presence in SPCA television spots was as ubiquitous as Sarah [=MacLachlan=]'s today. Apparently, the reason that Dorothy hides behind the Tin Man and Scarecrow when they're ambushed by the Cowardly Lion is because she was about to start laughing.
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