Celebrating 75 Years of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’
It's been 75 years since the premiere of 'The Wizard Of Oz' but its love and influence lives on.
The film that told us "there's no place like home" was based on L. Frank Baum's novel about a young girl named Dorothy who gets swept up in a tornado and finds herself in a fantasy world filled with colorful characters. It stars Judy Garland as the famous Dorothy Gale, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Jack Haley as the Tin Man, and Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion. As popular and loved as the movie is, I bet even the most hardcore fans will learn a few interesting facts about 'The Wizard of Oz' down below:
- In the novel, Baum never wrote about red slippers. Instead, they were silver. The color was changed to make more of an impact.
- 'Over the Rainbow' was almost cut from the film. Director, Victor Fleming thought the scene was too long. Thankfully they decided to keep the song since it later won an Oscar for Best Original Song.
- In order to make the horses in Emerald City change colors, the production team used Jell-O powder and chocolate sauce was used as the Tin Man's oil.
- Toto, whose original name was Terry, was paid $125 per week, while the actors who played the Munchkins only got paid $50.
- Buddy Ebsen was suppose to portray the Tin Man but had to quit because he was allergic to the aluminum dust in his silver makeup.
- And lastly, according to the Library of Congress, 'The Wizard of Oz' is the most watched film of all time.
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