The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 and is the story of a girl who visits a fantasy land very different from her home in Kansas. There are some secrets from the filming of the movie that you won’t believe.
The original Tin Man was covered in aluminum powder to give him his color. Unfortunately, after breathing it in for a few days, Buddy Ebsen became critically ill and had to recover in an iron lung. Jack Haley replaced him, minus the powder.
The Second Version
It turns out that a 13-minute silent film version of The Wizard of Oz was produced in 1910.
The dog that played Toto suffered a broken paw during filming when a guard stepped on his foot.
Many reports from actors and actresses of the movie say that Victor Fleming, the director, was a pro-Nazi sympathizer.
Because the Wizard of Oz features dwarves who play the Munchkins, a person was hired solely to lift them on and off of items that were designed for people of average height.
Burned Wicked Witch
When Margaret Hamilton appeared in a cloud of smoke as the Wicked Witch, some of the special effects went crazy and her makeup caught fire, burning her hands and face.
Dorothy was Slapped
When Judy Garland giggled at the lion when he arrived on set, Fleming reportedly slapped her to get her back on track.
Jell-O for the Horses
During the famous “horse of a different color” scene, Jell-O was used to give the horses their bright colors.
According to reports, actors and actresses playing the Munchkins were paid $50 per week during filming. Toto was paid $125 per week.
According to many of the actors in the movie, including Judy Garland, the actors and actresses playing the Munchkins were drunks who got into trouble all the time.