History Trivia / TheWizardOfOz

1st May '16 4:14:18 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* CutSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntuFQoiMbk4 "The Jitterbug"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urLDbg3m3Sk the sad reprise of "Over the Rainbow"]], though both are usually performed in stage adaptations of the movie. {{Averted|Trope}} with the main "Over the Rainbow" song itself, which the filmmakers almost cut out of concern that it would slow down the plot.



* FollowTheLeader: The film was greenlit after the enormous success of Disney's fairy-tale musical ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}''.




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* YouLookFamiliar: Frank Morgan plays four different roles in Oz--the doorman at the gate, the coachman who drives the Horse of a Different Color, the guard outside the Wizard's chamber, and the Wizard himself. This was done to balance out Morgan's screen time with the rest of the cast.
13th Apr '16 10:57:46 AM Morgenthaler
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** 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 ''ReturnToOz'') that in the book she is around eight.

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** 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 ''ReturnToOz'') ''Film/ReturnToOz'') that in the book she is around eight.
11th Apr '16 12:38:39 PM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Hey, is that Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}} asking, "Wherefore art thou Romeo?" in [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Juliet Capulet's place]]?
** And those Munchkin voices kind of sound like younger versions of [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Grumpy, Sleepy,]] and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}.
** The Munchkin Mayor and the Lollipop Guild leader are [[Disney/{{Pete}} Peg-Leg Pete]] and [[Disney/ThreeLittlePigs The Big Bad Wolf]].
** One of the apple trees is [[Disney/PeterPan The Indian Chief]] and [[Dinsye/TheGreatMouseDetective Fidget]].



* HeyItsThatVoice: In the English dubbed version, Dorothy is Film/{{Annie|1982}} (from the film version that was released that same year).
** The Wizard is none other than (the original) [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Commander Adama]]!

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* HeyItsThatVoice: In the English dubbed version, Dorothy is Film/{{Annie|1982}} (from the film version that was released that same year).
** The Wizard is none other than (the original) [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Commander Adama]]!



* HeyItsThatVoice: Creator/TressMacNeille as the Wicked Witch of the West.
** Creator/BJWard as Glinda.
** Creator/CharlieAdler as The Cowardly Lion.
** Creator/PatFraley as Truckle the Winged Monkey.
** Creator/FrankWelker as Toto.
** The Tin Man is Hal Rayle ([[WesternAnimation/SwatKats Lieutenant Steele]]).
** The Scarecrow is David Lodge [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Jiraya,]] [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kenpachi Zaraki]] and [[WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot Tenderheart Bear]].
** Dorothy is Liz Georges ([[WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger Courtney Gripling]], [[WesternAnimation/TaleSpin Myra the archaeologist]]).
** The Wizard himself is Alan Oppenheimer [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 Skeletor, Man-at-Arms, Cringer/Battlecat]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Vanity Smurf]].
** The Munchkin Mayor is [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown Wuya,]] another WickedWitch.

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* HeyItsThatVoice: Creator/TressMacNeille as the Wicked Witch of the West.
** Creator/BJWard as Glinda.
** Creator/CharlieAdler as The Cowardly Lion.
** Creator/PatFraley as Truckle the Winged Monkey.
** Creator/FrankWelker as Toto.
** The Tin Man is Hal Rayle ([[WesternAnimation/SwatKats Lieutenant Steele]]).
** The Scarecrow is David Lodge [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Jiraya,]] [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kenpachi Zaraki]] and [[WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot Tenderheart Bear]].
** Dorothy is Liz Georges ([[WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger Courtney Gripling]], [[WesternAnimation/TaleSpin Myra the archaeologist]]).
** The Wizard himself is Alan Oppenheimer [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 Skeletor, Man-at-Arms, Cringer/Battlecat]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Vanity Smurf]].
** The Munchkin Mayor is [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown Wuya,]] another WickedWitch.

25th Dec '15 10:59:54 AM Kitchen90
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* DyeingForYourArt: 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. Margaret Hamilton could not eat with the make-up on (Bert Lahr also decided to have his redone daily as he got tired of a liquid diet). The Tin Woodsman costume worn by Jack Haley was so stiff that he had to lean against a board to rest. The Cowardly Lion's costume was really hot due to being made of real lion skin. And everyone had to suffer with really hot studio lights.

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* DyeingForYourArt: DyeingForYourArt:
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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. camera.
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Margaret Hamilton could not eat with the make-up on (Bert Lahr also decided to have his redone daily as he got tired of a liquid diet). diet).
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The Tin Woodsman costume worn by Jack Haley was so stiff that he had to lean against a board to rest. rest.
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The Cowardly Lion's costume was really hot due to being made of real lion skin. skin.
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And everyone had to suffer with really hot studio lights.
30th Nov '15 8:43:47 AM said43
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** MGM considered using Leo the Lion as The Cowardly Lion. An actor would have dubbed the character's lines in.
22nd Sep '15 2:37:34 PM heretoeditisall
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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.

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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. 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!
11th Sep '15 12:21:43 PM comicwriter
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** Gale Sondergaard was the original choice to play the Wicked Witch of the West, but she balked after learning that she'd have to wear heavy makeup and facial prosthetics in order to appear uglier.
29th Aug '15 1:48:07 AM glickmam
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* TheCameo: A ghostly sartorial version. The studio wardrobe department had trouble getting just the right look for Frank Morgan's "Professor Marvel". Finally, they went to a nearby thrift shop and bought an old, shabby frock coat for him to wear. While on the set, Morgan turned out the pocket of the coat, and noticed a name tag of the previous owner: Creator/LFrankBaum. (This was later [[http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/ozcoat.asp confirmed]] by Baum's widow and the tailor that made the coat.)

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* TheCameo: A ghostly sartorial version. The studio wardrobe department had trouble getting just the right look for Frank Morgan's "Professor Marvel". Finally, they went to a nearby thrift shop and bought an old, shabby frock coat for him to wear. While on the set, Morgan turned out the pocket of the coat, and noticed a name tag of the previous owner: Creator/LFrankBaum. (This was later [[http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/ozcoat.asp confirmed]] by Baum's widow and the tailor that made the coat.)) Amusingly, when Margaret Hamilton first heard about it, she initially refused to believe it, claiming it to be nothing more than an MGM-concocted rumor to drum up publicity for the movie.
23rd Jul '15 9:39:49 AM tropesinreadiness
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* ActingForTwo:
** Frank Morgan plays Professor Marvel, the Gatekeeper, the Mayor/Carriage Driver, the Guard, the voice of the disembodied Oz head, and the Wizard himself. This was done so that Morgan's screen time would balance out with the rest of the cast.
** 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.
** A few of the little people in the Munchkinland sequence appeared twice: Fern Formica and Margaret Pellegrini played Munchkin Villagers and two of the "sleepyheads," and Karl "Karchy" Kosiczky (now [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/entertainment-movies/20111116/US.Obit.Munchkin.Actor/ Karl Slover]]) played a Munchkin Herald and a third sleepyhead.
** Some of the voice actors did double duty as well: Billy Bletcher as the Mayor of Oz and the Lollipop Guild member, Lorraine Bridges as an Ozmite and a Lullabye League member, and Abe Dinovitch as an apple tree and one of the Munchkins.



* ActingForTwo:
** Frank Morgan plays Professor Marvel, the Gatekeeper, the Mayor/Carriage Driver, the Guard, the voice of the disembodied Oz head, and the Wizard himself. This was done so that Morgan's screen time would balance out with the rest of the cast.
** 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.
** A few of the little people in the Munchkinland sequence appeared twice: Fern Formica and Margaret Pellegrini played Munchkin Villagers and two of the "sleepyheads," and Karl "Karchy" Kosiczky (now [[http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/entertainment-movies/20111116/US.Obit.Munchkin.Actor/ Karl Slover]]) played a Munchkin Herald and a third sleepyhead.
** Some of the voice actors did double duty as well: Billy Bletcher as the Mayor of Oz and the Lollipop Guild member, Lorraine Bridges as an Ozmite and a Lullabye League member, and Abe Dinovitch as an apple tree and one of the Munchkins.
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