Just read some interesting factoids on the movie "The Wizard of Oz" MGM. One of my favorites... tons of movie trivia... some I knew ... some I didn't. Example I knew about Margaret Hamilton's (Wicked Witch) broom catching on fire in the munchkinland scene (fireball appears as she exited via trap door) and she got severely burned. Out 6 weeks !!
Also knew about Buddy Ebsen's (as the original tinman) hospitalization due to the Aluminum silver makeup ... Ebsen was so ill, he was replaced with Jack Haley. They changed the makeup for him.
and... The tornado was actually an air filled black silk stocking filmed "dancing" against a mockup of the farmhouse....
BUT these were new ones :
Margaret Hamilton had a morbid sense of humor and left in her will that when the newspapers ran her Obituary... they title it " Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!" Many newspapers did !!
Hamilton's skin stayed a greenish color for 6 months after filming due to the green copper makeup. It was also toxic !! Lucky she didn't end up like Ebsen.
The ruby slippers weren't supposed to be red... in the book they were silver slippers... but MGM wanted more color for one of the first the Technicolor movies... so they changed them to ruby and made them red ... more flashy with a yellow brick road.
Toto was paid more per week than some of the other extras (Munchkins)... he got $125 / week they got $50 ! . . a lot of dog biscuits back then !!
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