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.
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.
Explanation: Why does this galaxy have a ring of bright blue stars? Beautiful island universe Messier 94 lies a mere 15 million light-years distant in the northern constellation of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici). A popular target for Earth-based astronomers, the face-on spiral galaxy is about 30,000 light-years across, with spiral arms sweeping through the outskirts of its broad disk. But this Hubble Space Telescope field of view spans about 7,000 light-years across M94‘s central region. The featured close-up highlights the galaxy’s compact, bright nucleus, prominent inner dust lanes, and the remarkable bluish ring of young massive stars. The ring stars are all likely less than 10 million years old, indicating that M94 is a starburst galaxy that is experiencing an epoch of rapid star formation from inspiraling gas. The circular ripple of blue stars is likely a wave propagating outward, having been triggered by the gravity and rotation of a oval matter distributions. Because M94 is relatively nearby, astronomers can better explore details of its starburst ring.
Tomorrow’s picture: space mountain