Wonderful Facts about Wizard of Oz You Never Knew

The Wizard of Oz continues to be one of the most well-beloved classic films in cinematic history. So here is our list of 10 wonderful facts about Wizard of Oz you never knew.

For instance, the movie crew bought a coat at a second-hand store for the Wizard to wear. It turns out that the coat had actually belonged to the writer of the Wizard of Oz books, L. Frank Baum! The coat was given to his wife after filming. How crazy is that? If you want to learn even more about this awesome film, continue reading on. Do it, or the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys will get you!

Wonderful Facts about the Wizard of Oz

1 Ouch!

Buddy Ebsen said the Tin Man suit nearly chopped his balls off.

2 A Thoroughly Modern Movie

The writers wanted to include “The Jitterbug” in the film in order to attract a more modern audience.

3 No Wonder She Favored the Scarecrow

Dorothy and the Scarecrow’s Kansas counterpart, Hunk, were supposed to have a romance, but didn’t.

4 If He Only Had a Brain

In an early script, Hunk (the Scarecrow in Oz) was to go to college for agriculture.

5 Cinematic Competition

Walt Disney was also producing a version of the Wizard of Oz story, but dropped the project.

6 A Change of Heart

In the original script, the Tin Man was a former criminal.

7 Do a Double-Take

Bobbie Koshay was Judy Garland’s under-study; she filled in for her when Dorothy gets lifted by the Wicked Witch in the Haunted Forest.

8 The Song That Almost Never Was

The director almost cut “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the movie. Whew!

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9 Anything for Art

Judy Garland was stacked, but she wore a corset to give Dorothy a more teenage look.

10 Think the Wicked Witch is Scary?

The original scenes were terrifying, and didn’t make the final cut.

10 Dorothy’s Dress

The iconic blue-and-white gingham dress Dorothy wore was actually blue-and-pink. The slippers were originally silver, not ruby (the book calls them silver as well.) Three different actors played the Tin Man (there were allergic reactions to deal with.)

Does “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” have a hidden message?

In his introduction to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” L. Frank Baum claims that the book is simply an innocent children’s story. But some scholars have found hidden criticisms of late-nineteenth-century economic policies in the book.

Is it possible that one of America’s favorite children’s stories is also a subversive parable? David B. Parker investigates the text for clues.

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