History Trivia / TheWizardOfOz

27th Apr '17 4:12:58 PM fruitstripegum
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** Mervyn LeRoy and William Cannon wanted to do a dark, "realistic" retelling of the Oz tale. In their version, the Oz Scarecrow was a flesh-and-bone human who was so stupid that he could only get a job standing in a field and chasing off birds, while the Tin Man was a "heartless" man sentenced to be locked in a tin suit of armor for all eternity. Dorothy was only supposed to meet him many years into his sentence, after he had softened and become kind.
26th Apr '17 12:24:00 PM Golondrina
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* DawsonCasting: Here it's a 16 year old Creator/JudyGarland playing an 11 year old Dorothy Gale. This is largely unnoticed unless the viewer has read the book. ShirleyTemple was originally considered for the role, but the plan fell through.

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* DawsonCasting: Here it's a 16 year old Creator/JudyGarland playing an 11 year old Dorothy Gale. This is largely unnoticed unless the viewer has read the book. ShirleyTemple Creator/ShirleyTemple was originally considered for the role, but the plan fell through.
8th Mar '17 11:54:39 PM Nakayama90
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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.
15th Dec '16 11:40:27 PM jameygamer
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* TroubledProduction: Cast and director changes, budget overruns, impractical costumes and make-up (specially under heavy lighting!)... basically everything that could complicate the shoot happened.

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* TroubledProduction: Cast and director changes, budget overruns, impractical costumes and make-up (specially under heavy lighting!)... lighting!), Hamilton getting hospitalized when flames gave her second-to-third degree burns... basically anything and everything that could complicate the shoot happened.
15th Dec '16 11:38:13 PM jameygamer
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* FollowTheLeader: The film was greenlit after the enormous success of Disney's fairy-tale musical ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}''.

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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}}''.White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'' (Walt was planning his own adaptation for what would become the DisneyAnimatedCanon before MGM's production convinced him to drop the idea).
15th Dec '16 11:35:35 PM jameygamer
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* BoxOfficeBomb: Yes. 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: Yes. 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.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.
15th Dec '16 11:34:45 PM jameygamer
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* BoxOfficeBomb: Yes. 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. Thankfully, the studio had the distribution rights to ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' to fall back on. It has since recovered.

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* BoxOfficeBomb: Yes. 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'' ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', which Fleming also directed, to fall back on. It has since recovered.


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* CreatorKiller: Director Victor Fleming suffered no ill effects when the film bombed domestically, but co-writers Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf were not so lucky, and they never had another major cinematic credit after ''The Wizard of Oz'' (Woolf's case was also due to his death 4 years after the film's theatrical release).
21st Nov '16 6:20:04 AM SnowBrian
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** Judy Garland's feet hurt so much in the ruby slippers that she could only wear them for shots when they would be on camera.

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** Judy Garland's feet hurt so much in the ruby slippers that she could only wear them for shots when they would be visible on camera. camera (this also cut down on the wear-and-tear the slippers had to endure). When her feet weren't shown, Garland wore booties or black shoes, which can be glimpsed briefly when she and the Scarecrow are backing away from the apple trees.
3rd Nov '16 6:57:56 AM fruitstripegum
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** Noel Langley, a South African playwright, wrote a version of the script in which the Winged Monkeys are on Dorothy's side. He also invented new characters - Lizzie Smithers the soda jerk, a prince, princess and a dragon.
** A later script has the Wicked Witch out to get the Wizard of Oz with 200 winged monkeys, 4,000 wolves and 10,000 men, because she wants the Emerald City throne for her dim-witted son Bulbo.
27th Sep '16 12:08:05 AM Nakayama90
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!![[Theatre/TheWizardOfOz The musical]]
* ActingForTwo: As in the movie, the five people Dorothy knows and their respective Oz counterparts are played by the same people.
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