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THE WIZARD OF OZ
Did you know . . . ? 

 
 
*Judy Garland at age 16 played a 12 year old Dorothy, who was originally almost 7 years old in Baum's 1900 novel!

*During the filming of Munchkinland scene Margaret Hamilton's Hat,Broom & Cloak caught fire & she suffered severe 2nd & 3rd degree burns on her hands & lower face.

*Ray Bolger was oringinaly cast as the Tin Man but asked to play the Scarecrow because his childhood hero was Fred A. Stone who played the Scarecrow in the 1902 play.

*After only a few weeks of production Buddy Ebsen (Tin Man) became very ill from his "allumieum dust" make-up & was replaced by Jack Haley.

*The Wizard of Oz had 4 directors, Richard Thorpe(Fired after 2 weeks), George Cukor(Temporary director designed Dorothy Final Costume/Make-Up), Victor Fleming(Primary), & King Vidor(Kansas Scenes)

*Shirley Temple was wanted for Dorothy, but Mervyn LeRoy did not believe she had the singing talent & 20th Century Fox would not loan her to MGM.

*Gale Sondergaard was hired to play a "Slinky & Seductive" Wicked Witch, the sequinced gown did not pass as a Witch & she was given "The Ugly Treatment" at that time she happily left Oz behind & later quoted, "I was not about to make myself look ugly. I have no regrets, absolutley no Regrets." Note, she starred in Shirley Temple's THE BLUEBIRD a rib on OZ.

*THERE IS NO HANGING PERSON IN THE WIZARD OF OZ IT IS A LARGE BIRD FLAPPING ITS WINGS WHILE THE BIRD TRAINER TRIES TO CATCH IT!

Deleted Scenes:
The Scarecrow Dance-A longer version of Ray Bolger's dance that was greatly directed by Busby Burkley & Ray Bolger had some hillarious moments, but the scene was scrapped after a few preview showings. The clip is now available in its entire form on the 2000 Warner Bros. Wizard of Oz DVD & Video.

The Jitterbug-On the way to the Witch's castle, the Witch sent the Jitterbug after Dorothy & Friends. The bug sent them in a dancing frenzy which weakened them against the Winged Monkeys. The film still includes an indication of the scene in which the Witch state "I sent a little insect on a head to take the fight out of them!". Clips from Harold Arlens home videos are the only clips of the scene available to the public. The clips are on the 50th Anniversary Video release as well as the 2000 Warner Bros. Edition.

Over the Rainbow(Reprise)-Dorothy was to sing another verse of Over the Rainbow while prisoner of the Witch, but was so sad it was scrapped. It is unknown if clips exist.

Triumphent Return-The triumphent return to the Emerald included a reprise of Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead as the heroes parade through the Emerald City. Footage for this scene no longer exist.

Bloopers

*When attempting to escape the Witch's Castle Dorothy & the Tin Man switch places after the Witch's door slams shut.

*Dorothy's hair changes length throughout the film.

*Dorothy's dress appears to be fuller & fluffier after the Emerald City scene.

*After the Witch leaves Munchkinland, Glinda knocks her wand into her crown.

*The sewer lid in which one of the Munchkins emerges from during "Come Out, Come Out" does not appear in any other scenes.

*After slapping the Lion, you can see Judy use Terri(Toto) to cover her face so you couldn't see her giggling.

*The Tin Man smashes a flowerpot to make a crown for the cowardly Lion, but when the crown is dropped it does not break.

Dorothy and Ozma
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~ FEBRUARY 28th, 2010:
 
RETURN TO OZ 25th ANNIVERSARY!!!
 
1) 4 DISC DVD WIZARD OF OZ in stores! 
2) Buy a copy on BLU RAY!
3)Watch for the *NEW* 2 DISC Oz SET ON DVD!
4)And International 1 Disc Sing a Long Overseas - coming to DVD !~
 
* Watch Wicked the Musical on Broadway please contact: NessaRose1939@aol.com
 
*^*Buy the Oz trilogy Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire at Borders or Bernes and Nobles!!
 
*Oz Merchandise on CLEARANCE NOW at Barnes and Nobles!
 
WICKED THE MOVIE 
2014 starring Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Norbert Leo Butz
rumored in pre-production
 
 
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***SCI FI'S ORIGINAL MINI SERIES TIN MAN IS AVAILABLE AT YOUR NEAREST STORE, PICK UP THE DVD THAT HAS REIMAGINED THE WIZARD OF OZ
 
*Contact our R. W. A.  NessaRose1939@aol.com  for any further questions! 
Or if you just want to chat :)
 
The Year 2010: RETURN TO OZ 25TH ANNIVERSARY !
 
The Wizard of Oz:
 1939 film is 71st Anniversary
book is 110th Anniversary

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I am not affiliated with any official Ted Turner business with anything pertaining to the Wizard of Oz, Ozma, Glinda the Good or Dorothy of Oz. However, I do call myself an Oz Enthusiast and Ozian Collector I am also part Historian on the Wizard of Oz and anything pertaining to Baum, Maguire & Oz itself.  The information on my website will only be for fun fan based usage from all official, behind the scenes books, musicals, Oz books, dvds and novels on or about this classic story and it's sequels. This is a completely fan based unofficial archive, from my point of view  . . . . . but, does Oz really exist? Imbedded into our subconscience subliminally.  Am I a double agent for Oz Security?  One may never l know.  Aha!  YOU  figure it out :)
 
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