"The Wizard Of Oz" Celebrates 80th Anniversary! Here Are 10 Interesting Facts About This Classic Fantasy
January 11, 2019 14:39 By Mambee
Who doesn’t love that good old fairy-tale that brings sweet childhood memories back? The Wizard of Oz is just the right one! This legendary movie was made in 1939, thus it celebrates the 80th anniversary this year with a return to the theatres!
The iconic tale about Dorothy and her cute Toto, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow and their wonderful adventures is considered one of the best movies in cinematographic history!
Here are the top 10 interesting facts about the legendary Oz story:
1. The movie became famous for using Technicolor, the series of color motion picture processes. The director wanted to use modern technology to the maximum, so he decided to make Dorothy’s shoes red. They are silver in the book.
2. Producer Mervyn LeRoy insisted that Judy Garland was just the one for the role of Dorothy. Initially, Shirley Temple was considered for the main character, but she was 10 years old at a time – too young, according to the director.
3. Judy Garland was 17, so after being cast, she had to wear a corset and shed a few kilos for the movie.
4. The tornado scene was one of the most expensive scenes to be produced. Special effects master Arnold Gillespie had to use 35 feet of the fabric called muslin. He attached the top to the steel gantry while clung the bottom to the rod. The tornado effect was achieved by moving the gantry and the rod at the same time.
5. Margaret Hamilton, who played a Wicked Witch from the West, had an incident on set. She suffered severe burns on her face and hands after shooting the scene when her character runs away from Manchkinland. Her costume and broom caught on fire.
6. Most of the scenes featuring the Wicked Witch had to be cut out from the final version. Apparently, many of them were considered too terrifying for kids.
7. Actor Frank Morgan played 5 roles in the movie. Apart from being the Wizard himself, he was also the fortune-telling Kansas professor, a guard and a doorkeeper at the Wizard's palace, and the Emerald City cabby driving the Horse-of-a-Different-Color.
8. Billie Burkes, who played Glinda, was 54 years old at that time! Wow, she looked fantastic!
9. The Scarecrow actor, Ray Bolger, had to wait for a year until the permanent lines from his face makeup vanished completely.
10. The ruby red slippers that Judy Garland wore for the role have become one of the most treasured and valuable film relicts in the history of cinematography.
The Wizard of Oz is a delightful family movie that combines amazing music, comedy, breathtaking adventures, fantasy, and extravagant special effects! It’s a perfect movie for a family evening because it gathers the old and young in front of the screens!