10 Things About the Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz is a classic of American cinema and a favorite of cinephiles, children, and Pink Floyd fans the world over. Really, we could just look at stills from the movie all day, but if we include 10 things about The Wizard of Oz, it has a patina of education. Enjoy!
The song Over the Rainbow came in at No 1 on the American Film Institute’s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Songs in American Films.
In 1989, a pair of real ruby slippers were made to mark the 50th anniversary. These are valued at $3m.
Standard industrial paint, bought from a hardware store several blocks away from the studio, was used to coat the bricks on the Yellow Brick Road.
Baum thought up the name for Oz when looking at his filing cabinets, organised A-N and O-Z.
Margaret Hamilton, in the role of The Wicked Witch of the West, was hospitalized with severe burns after
a botched explosion in a take of the moment in which she disappears into a cloud of smoke.
The film was deemed “culturally significant” by the United States Library of Congress, which selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1989.
Judy Garland couldn’t stop giggling while filming the scene in which Dorothy slaps the Cowardly Lion. So the director, Victor Fleming, took her aside and slapped her. She returned to the set and filmed the scene in one take.
The part of the Wizard was written with intention of casting WC Fields.
It was long rumored that one of the Munchkins can be seen committing suicide by hanging himself in the background during one scene.
This rumor is false. It is actually a wild crane used in the forest scene.
The film has numerous lines in Premiere magazine’s poll to find the 100 Greatest Movie Lines. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” came in at No 24.
“There’s no place like home” came in at No 11.
“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” was at No 62.
“I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!” was No 99.