History Trivia / TheWizardOfOz

31st Mar '18 10:52:12 PM Pamina
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** Jack Haley's Tin Man costume was so bulky that he couldn't sit down at any time, he could only lean. He also suffered a severe eye infection from his makeup - though that was mild compared to what [[Creator/BuddyEbsen the actor he replaced]] had gone through.

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** Jack Haley's Tin Man costume was so bulky that he couldn't sit down at any time, he could only lean. He also suffered a severe eye infection from his makeup - though that was mild compared to what [[Creator/BuddyEbsen the actor he replaced]] Buddy Ebsen had gone through.through before he replaced him.
31st Mar '18 10:50:38 PM Pamina
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** Jack Haley's Tin Man costume was so bulky that he couldn't sit down at any time, he could only lean.

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** Jack Haley's Tin Man costume was so bulky that he couldn't sit down at any time, he could only lean. He also suffered a severe eye infection from his makeup - though that was mild compared to what [[Creator/BuddyEbsen the actor he replaced]] had gone through.



** Even Margaret Hamilton was affected. While she didn't really suffer any constant pain from making the movie, the green makeup she wore for the Wicked Witch of the West tinted her skin for weeks after filming concluded.

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** Even Margaret Hamilton was affected. While she didn't really suffer any constant pain filming the Wicked Witch's fiery exit from making the movie, Munchkinland she suffered second and third degree burns, forcing her to take six weeks off to recover, and the green makeup she wore for the Wicked Witch of the West tinted her skin for weeks after filming concluded.
20th Feb '18 3:27:11 PM TheSaddleman
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* BoxOfficeBomb: Believe it or not, this classic film was a bust. Budget, $2.8 million (not counting marketing costs), $4.2 million (counting them). Box office, $2,048,000 (domestic), $3,017,000 (worldwide). It couldn't make up the budget domestically and got MGM hit with a $1,145,000 loss over the film. The fact that UsefulNotes/WorldWarII started mere days after the film hit theaters likely didn't help (WWII is partially responsible for derailing Disney's ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' a few months later). Thankfully, the studio and director Victor Fleming had the distribution rights to ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', which Fleming also directed, to fall back on. It has since recovered.

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* BoxOfficeBomb: Believe it or not, this classic film was a bust. Budget, $2.8 million (not counting marketing costs), $4.2 million (counting them). Box office, $2,048,000 (domestic), $3,017,000 (worldwide). It couldn't make up the budget domestically and got MGM hit with a $1,145,000 loss over the film. The fact that UsefulNotes/WorldWarII started mere days after the film hit theaters likely didn't help (WWII is partially responsible for derailing Disney's ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' a few months later). Thankfully, the studio and director Victor Fleming had the distribution rights to ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', which Fleming also directed, to fall back on. It has since recovered. The film was reissued in 1949 and started to make a profit from that point on, but the original box office performance may explain why MGM made no additional films based on the Oz books.



* CreatorBacklash: Jack Haley (the Tin Woodman) did ''not'' view making the film as a fond experience, describing it as "awful" and "not fun at all" throughout the rest of his career.

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* CreatorBacklash: Jack Haley (the Tin Woodman) did ''not'' view making the film as a fond experience, describing it as "awful" and "not fun at all" throughout the rest of his career.career, primarily due to the hard work involved. (His comments, however, were directed at the making of the film, not the film itself.)
20th Feb '18 3:17:23 PM TheSaddleman
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** Casting was another problem. Margaret Hamilton, a single mother, got into an argument with the studio over guaranteed time to work, only agreeing to take the role of the Wicked Witch three days before filming. Ironically, although she finally got an agreement for five weeks of work, she ended up working on the film for three ''months''. Buddy Ebsen was originally cast as the Scarecrow, while Ray Bolger was the Tin Man; Bolger, whose childhood hero was Fred Stone (who had played the Scarecrow in a 1902 stage adaptation of the story), worked out a deal with Ebsen and switched roles with him. During filming, Ebsen suffered a severe allergic reaction to his Tin Man makeup and was forced to quit, being replaced by Jack Haley.

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** Casting was another problem. Margaret Hamilton, a single mother, got into an argument with the studio over guaranteed time to work, only agreeing to take the role of the Wicked Witch three days before filming. Ironically, although she finally got an agreement for five weeks of work, she ended up working on the film for three ''months''. Buddy Ebsen was originally cast as the Scarecrow, while Ray Bolger was the Tin Man; Bolger, whose childhood hero was Fred Stone (who had played the Scarecrow in a 1902 stage adaptation of the story), worked out a deal with Ebsen and switched roles with him. During filming, Ebsen suffered a severe allergic reaction to his Tin Man makeup and was forced to quit, being replaced by Jack Haley.Haley (after the makeup was redesigned to be safer).



*** This left King Vidor to handle filming of the Kansas scenes, the only other director whose work was seen in the finished film. In the end, Fleming was the only one of the five directors to be credited; Vidor did not publicly reveal his involvement until after Fleming's death in 1949. Fleming himself did return for post-production after principal photography on ''Gone with the Wind'' had wrapped.
** The elaborate nature of the makeup caused a great deal of agony for all actors involved, but particularly Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion) and Hamilton. Lahr could only eat through a straw (if he decided to eat anything more elaborate, he had to spend an extra hour in makeup to repair his face appliances), and due to the massive amounts of hot stage lighting needed for Technicolor, had to remove his entire costume and stand in front of a fan between shots to avoid heat stroke. Hamilton, meanwhile, couldn't eat at all due to the copper in her makeup! Ray Bolger was at least able to eat with his Scarecrow makeup on, but the rubber mask cut off air and moisture to his face; his skin would regularly crack and bleed when he removed the mask. When filming finished, the mask had left a pattern of lines on his face that took over a year to fade.

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*** This left King Vidor to handle filming of the Kansas scenes, the only other director whose work was seen in the finished film. In the end, Fleming was the only one of the five directors to be credited; Vidor did not publicly reveal his involvement until after Fleming's death in 1949. Fleming himself did return for post-production after principal photography on ''Gone with the Wind'' had wrapped.
wrapped. Having a second director do the Kansas scenes worked out well as the sepia-tone scenes were supposed to have a different feel to the color Oz sequences anyway.
** The elaborate nature of the makeup caused a great deal of agony for all actors involved, involved. The issues with Buddy Ebsen that resulted in his departure from the film and subsequent hospitalization have been mentioned, but particularly there were also issues with Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion) and Hamilton. Lahr could only eat through a straw (if he decided to eat anything more elaborate, he had to spend an extra hour in makeup to repair his face appliances), and due to the massive amounts of hot stage lighting needed for Technicolor, had to remove his entire costume and stand in front of a fan between shots to avoid heat stroke. Hamilton, meanwhile, couldn't eat at all due to the copper in her makeup! Ray Bolger was at least able to eat with his Scarecrow makeup on, but the rubber mask cut off air and moisture to his face; his skin would regularly crack and bleed when he removed the mask. When filming finished, the mask had left a pattern of lines on his face that took over a year to fade.



** The script originally included an end scene that was never filmed, in which Hunk (the real-world counterpart to the Scarecrow) was going away to agricultural college and Dorothy promised to write to him. The implications were heavy that this would result in a [[ShipTease romance between them]], which would account for Dorothy's particular affection for the Scarecrow during her time in Oz.

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** The script originally included an end scene that was never filmed, in which Hunk (the real-world counterpart to the Scarecrow) was going away to agricultural college and Dorothy promised to write to him. The implications were heavy that this would result in a [[ShipTease romance between them]], which would account for Dorothy's particular affection for the Scarecrow during her time in Oz.Oz, including one line left in the script in which she singles the Scarecrow out as the one companion she'd "miss most of all."



** [[Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies Buddy Ebsen]] was originally cast as The Scarecrow, and Ray Bolger was to play the Tin Woodsman. However, Bolger convinced the studio that his style of dancing was completely wrong for that character (just try to picture the Woodsman dancing like the Scarecrow), so Ebsen agreed to switch roles with him. In an unforeseen complication, however, Ebsen had an extreme allergic reaction to the aluminum dust used in the Tin Man's makeup, and was forced to quit the film. Ebsen also noted [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX6pjyEC9PU in an interview on the Jerry Springer Show]] many years later that he almost had his testicles cut off by the metal suit!

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** [[Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies Buddy Ebsen]] was originally cast as The Scarecrow, and Ray Bolger was to play the Tin Woodsman. However, Bolger convinced the studio that his style of dancing was completely wrong for that character (just try to picture the Woodsman dancing like the Scarecrow), so Ebsen agreed to switch roles with him. In an unforeseen complication, however, Ebsen had an extreme allergic reaction to the aluminum dust used in the Tin Man's makeup, and was forced to quit the film.film, spending six weeks in hospital afterwards. Ebsen also noted [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX6pjyEC9PU in an interview on the Jerry Springer Show]] many years later that he almost had his testicles cut off by the metal suit!suit! Audio of his performance of "If I Only a Heart" has survived, and in the final film his singing voice is heard instead of Jack Haley's during some reprises of "We're Off to See the Wizard".
3rd Feb '18 1:26:05 PM Brainbin
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*** He was replaced by Victor Fleming, who decided to keep Cukor's changes in place, and oversaw the vast majority of filming, but was ironically sent away to replace Cukor on ''Gone with the Wind''.

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*** He was replaced by Victor Fleming, who decided to keep Cukor's changes in place, place (because the producer, Mervyn [=LeRoy=], had already expressed his approval of them), and oversaw the vast majority of filming, but was ironically sent away to replace Cukor on ''Gone with the Wind''.
3rd Feb '18 1:07:24 PM Brainbin
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* DawsonCasting: Here it's a sixteen year old Creator/JudyGarland playing a vaguely age but still younger Dorothy Gale. This is largely unnoticed unless the viewer has read the book. Creator/ShirleyTemple was originally considered for the role, but the plan fell through. Nowhere in either the book or the movie is Dorothy's exact age mentioned, though the book describes her as a "little girl." Some sources suggest Dorothy was meant to be twelve in the film while others assume (from the casting of Fairuza Balk in ''Film/ReturnToOz'') that in the book she is around eight.

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* DawsonCasting: Here it's a sixteen year old Creator/JudyGarland playing a vaguely age but still younger Dorothy Gale. This is largely unnoticed unless the viewer has read the book. Creator/ShirleyTemple was originally considered for the role, but the plan fell through. [[note]]Temple would have been aged 10 during principal photography. She would star in her own Technicolor picture based on a popular children's book in 1939, ''[[Literature/ALittlePrincess The Little Princess]]''. This was to be her last big hit.[[/note]] Nowhere in either the book or the movie is Dorothy's exact age mentioned, though the book describes her as a "little girl." Some sources suggest Dorothy was meant to be twelve in the film while others assume (from the casting of Fairuza Balk in ''Film/ReturnToOz'') that in the book she is around eight.
3rd Feb '18 1:00:06 PM Brainbin
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** Since most of the other major characters have Kansas counterparts, we can also count Ray Bolger as Hunk and the Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as Zeke and the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as Hickory and the Tin Man, and Margaret Hamilton as Miss Gulch and the Wicked Witch of the West.

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** Since most of the other major characters have Kansas counterparts, we can also count Ray Bolger as Hunk and the Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as Zeke and the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as Hickory and the Tin Man, and Margaret Hamilton as Miss Gulch and the Wicked Witch of the West.[[note]]And possibly also the Wicked Witch of the East; the witch Miss Gulch transforms into in the tornado sequence clearly has a different appearance than the Wicked Witch of the West.[[/note]]
25th Jan '18 4:52:19 AM Kitchen90
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17th Dec '17 7:10:30 PM Brainbin
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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.

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** The film went through no fewer than five directors. ''five'' directors:
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The first, Norman Taurog, oversaw initial casting and set construction, but left before shooting begin. began.
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Actual filming began under Richard Thorpe, who lasted a little over a week before being fired, after producer Mervyn LeRoy [=LeRoy=] decided that the footage he shot looked like absolute crap; Dorothy in particular was made to wear ridiculous-looking "baby doll" make-up. make-up.
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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 ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' before shooting any scenes.
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replaced by Victor Fleming. Fleming Fleming, who decided to keep Cukor's changes in place, and oversaw the vast majority of filming, but was ironically sent away to replace Cukor on ''Gone with the Wind'', leaving Wind''.
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King Vidor to handle filming of the Kansas scenes. scenes, the only other director whose work was seen in the finished film. In the end, Fleming was the only one of the five directors to be credited.credited; Vidor did not publicly reveal his involvement until after Fleming's death in 1949. Fleming himself did return for post-production after principal photography on ''Gone with the Wind'' had wrapped.
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).
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