Month: July 2022
Some Interesting Facts About The Wizard Of Oz
Dorothy’s ruby red slippers were originally silver.
In L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz books, which are the original Oz stories, Dorothy’s slippers are silver in color. They turned red—and became the most iconic shoes of the century—by the time they slipped onto Dorothy’s feet in the 1939 film.
The actor who played the Wizard of Oz had five roles.
Frank Morgan, the actor who portrayed the Wizard of Oz, the fearsome figure behind the Emerald City curtain, actually appeared in the movie in five different roles. He can also be seen as Professor Marvel (in Kansas), The Gatekeeper (in Oz), The Guard (in Oz), and The Carriage Driver (in Oz).
The Emerald City “horses of a different color” got those colors thanks to Jell-O.
To turn the Emerald City horses their different colors, the production used tints made with Jell-O. This delicious and novel technique ensured that it wouldn’t be harmful to the horses and also provided vibrant colors that would show up in Technicolor.
The original Tin Man had to leave the production.
The first actor cast as the Tin Man was Buddy Ebsen. He isn’t in the final cut of the movie, though. As it turned out, Ebsen was extremely allergic to the aluminum dust used in the paint and face makeup used to turn him into the silver Tin Man. He was replaced by Jack Haley, who we see singing and dancing the part in the movie.
Dorothy’s daughter married the Tin Man’s son.
Judy Garland’s daughter, Liza Minelli, married Jack Haley, Jr.—the son of the actor who played the Tin Man—in 1974, thirty-five years after The Wizard of Oz movie had its premiere.
Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume was very heavy.
The furry lion costume that the Cowardly Lion actor Bert Lahr wore for the movie was so heavy, and the lights in the studio were so bright, that the actor had to remove it between takes while filming so as not to overheat. It was made of real lion fur and skin, and some reports say it weighed in at 90 pounds. It was auctioned in 2014 and sold for $3 million.
The Tin Man’s tears were made of chocolate syrup.
Movie magic! The early days of movies saw lots of DIY tricks and techniques for creating effects that would show up (and look realistic) on camera. While the Tin Man is said to cry oil in the movie, the tears you see on his silver face onscreen are actually made of chocolate syrup, which looked better on camera at the time.
“Over the Rainbow” almost didn’t make it into the movie.
According to accounts, some of those who participated in the movie’s editing process wanted to cut the now-iconic scene where Judy Garland sings “Over the Rainbow.” Why? They said it slowed the pace of the film and was too sad. We sure are glad they saw the light and left it in.
Shirley Temple was considered for the role of Dorothy Gale.
Before Judy Garland was cast as Dorothy, a role with which she was closely associated ever after, Shirley Temple was considered for the part. It was decided that Shirley was fine in songs like The Good Ship Lollipop, but she could not match the powerful voice of Judy Garland when singing “Over The Rainbow.”
Several directors were involved in the production.
No single director shepherded the film from beginning to end. Norman Taurog first shot test scenes for the production, then Richard Thorpe shot a section of the film in October 1938. Victor Fleming was then brought on to direct in November 1938 and an arduous and tumultuous filming process, which was riddled with injuries, commenced. Finally, King Vidor joined to help finish the film. George Cukor also participated in several creative decisions but is uncredited and had to leave because he was attached to direct Gone with the Wind.
Judy Garland died from an accidental barbiturate overdose in London on June 22, 1969, less than two weeks after her 47th birthday.
THE SPHINX—INTERESTING NEWS ITEMS
Space myths debunked.
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Give him the MOH.
The Nothing Surprises Me Editor: Are you surprised by any news you report, LL ?
Go With The Flow Cat: Nothing surprises me. America, with about 330 million people, has everything you can imagine happening every day. If I saw any of the loud mouth Democrats or msm people you see every day salute the American Flag, I would be shocked, but not surprised.
Amigo just saw 2 Hummingbirds mating while hovering in the air. If you put the inside of your 2 little fingers together that’s what it would look like. Here is an example, if you can mentally place the Shuttle underneath the 747.
We want more people like Mayra.
What’s down there ?
They had long lives, 90 and 87.
A success story. The Swiffer is great.
The Sphinx is state-of-the-art, we have already used our logarithms to see what the woman who lost her Wedding Ring will say.
I thought I was in California.
The spread of Monkeypox was/is largely caused by LGBTQAI sex. This was reported 2 months ago when it first became a problem. Biden and his media refused to caution gay men about having sex.
Disney will run ads promoting the gay culture for your 5 year old children. Boycott Disney World and Land.
Thank Joe and the dems for your increase in loans from everything to cars, homes, credit cards, etc.
The people in charge should have been piping in water from the Columbia River, Mississippi River, and Great Lakes for the past 50 years. You can find that many dead bodies on a Monday morning in Chicago or NYC.
Nature is as cold hearted as Washington, D,C.
Swalwell is a slimy POS thief.
A funny meme.
My goodness. It beats politics.
The rats in NYC would give this feline a tough time.
The women swimming against the trans-men should not show up. Skip the swim competition, act like you got some ovaries. The same for the dressing room. Undress on the court or platform.
Invasive species have to be killed or let them destroy your lifestyle. Many ways are available.
Newsom is a skank.
You must plan ahead.
A new comic book hero that isn’t an alphabet character is being born.
Spot the racism.
The Happy Editor: Is joy like being happy, LL ?
The Ecstatic Cat: It sure is, being a cat I would, on a scale of 1-10, give happy an 8 and joy a 9.
I wonder if the new CNN guy is going to shut up this hate spewing woman of color. She is like an overflowing septic tank. There is no joy here, it’s worse than Mudville.
Neither is there joy in Bidenland. Hopefully, in 6 months the Hunter investigation will begin. Joe will just go away and the dems will say he is senile, and pretend he never existed.
The Chinese get joy from banning a Christian site from TikTok.
The Democrats will go to court again, and again to stop honest voting or you being able to protect yourself. The same is happening with the abortion decision.
Joe is the man, I hope he doesn’t die this month.
The Washington Post says that if you repeat a lie enough it becomes a fact. Bezos ( Amazon ) owns the Post.
New York smells
The recession is official. Biden and the dems can call it peaches and cream if they like. The only way to make it disappear is to put it in one of Hunter’s laptops.
Patriotic Americans say let her die in a foreign country, like our soldiers abandoned in Kabul.
Trump has a plan.
Joe is a POS trash. He looks like a hostage. He never blinks his eyes.
They have been fixing this problem for 20 years. Send a giant party truck out for them to relax for their confinement. Give them sex, drugs, and music for their time confined.
Some people you just can’t reach. Another pit bull kills and eats family member.
I wish Joe would depart today, and leave Kamala in charge.
I’m about tired of puberty-blockers news, also. The left wants your children to be sex freaks, not theirs
Joe is going to leave his replacement an energy crisis similar to the health supply crisis that Obama left Trump. Shortages of masks, ventilators, glass bottles for medicine, gloves, operating gowns, you name it.
Chris has been hosed off, fumigated, deloused, and has everything but an ability to tell the truth.
Texas wins again.
This mother should thank her lucky stars that she doesn’t live in NYC, Chicago, D.C., Baltimore, or any other viper pits controlled by Democrats.
Soros and Biden are loyal commie mascots.
One thing, for sure, Trump will make Pigwoman and sometimes husband Paul Pelosi return all their riches acquired from insider trading on stocks.
The Unusual Animal Editor: For our readers who aren’t particularly sports fans, what is a mascot, LL ?
Here is an official definition.
These are some unusual ones.
The sausage races are tough to beat.
So are the Rhode Island School of Design Scrotums. I wonder if Toobin from CNN was a mascot ?
The Mega-Millions drawing Friday will be worth over 1 Billion, enough to buy your Senators and HOR members. The Honey Bee store should be changed to maggot store, it is slimy.
This what the dems and left want with your children. It is sickening.
They lie-know that you know-and the media knows, but says nothing.
This looks like another leak.
Repel those bugs.
All these losers need 2 staff members. Additional staff should not be paid with tax money.
Joe and the Democrats are deliberately causing problems to destroy America. Can you think of anything they have done except kill 2 terrorist ?
Liberal Rhode Island is another winner. For our history challenged readers, millions of Jews were burned in ovens.
The dems want to move the early primary voting to anywhere less White than Maine, New Hampshire, etc.
I guess there is still “Hope In The Pope”
A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:
“Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty. You’re crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?”
“We’re taking Continental,” was the reply. “We got a great rate!”
“Continental?” exclaimed the hairdresser.” That’s a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they’re always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?”
“We’ll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome’s Tiber River called Teste.”
“Don’t go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks its gonna be something special and exclusive, but it’s really a dump.”
“We’re also going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.”
“That’s rich,” laughed the hairdresser. “You and a million other people trying to see him. He’ll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You’re going to need it.”
A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.
“It was wonderful,” explained the woman, “not only were we on time in one of Continental’s brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.
And the hotel was great! They’d just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it’s a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner’s suite at no extra charge!”
“Well,” muttered the hairdresser, “that’s all well and good, but I know you didn’t get to see the Pope.”
“Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I’d be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me. Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me.”
“Oh, really! What’d he say?”
He said: “Who messed up your hair?”
Let this sink in….
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Teaching children about time
THE SPHINX—MY LITTLE PONY
Chick-fil-A is the winner again.
You heard it here, second.
Decimals do matter. We have been so busy trying to change your kids into homosexual mutants that we overlooked one aspect of basic math, said a leading union teacher.
The Equine Editor: Do you want a pony, LL ?
I Was Kidding Cat: I was lying. I think I am talking about horses. The groups involved appear to control the numbers and not let them over produce, starve, and destroy the environment.
TEE: Why did you use pony in your title, IWKC ?
It sounds so innocent and cute, like undocumented instead of illegal. Here is one thing our 30 million illegal immigrants missed, speaking English.
Stacey will need a Budweiser Draft Horse to ride off into the embezzlement sunset. Gavin is the Metrosexual Man.
Gavin has no clean cities.
Trump is hated because he isn’t a professional politician, isn’t bought and paid for by lobbyist and China, and puts America First.
The state politicians are just as crooked as the national bunch. American voters deserve to die poor.
There you go–vote for Joe, or any Democrat.
The Dutch have more love of freedom than Americans.
If the murderers haven’t moved to Westhampton Beach, Long Island, New York this is a beautiful home.
I have never seen high ranking politicians or rich people have their names released.
We will see.
People can be toxic, they are energy Draculas.
Another lie from the media.
The View hasn’t told the truth in 10 years.