One member of the Lollypop Guild still lives.
Jerry Maren who played a Munchkin, is alive and well at age 93 and living in a retirement home in Los Angeles. The last living female Munchkin was Ruth Robinson Duccini who passed away in January of this year. She was 95.
Dorothy wears ruby-colored slippers in both the novel and the 1939 movie.
In L. Frank Baum’s 1900 “The Wonderful World of Oz,” Dorothy receives a set of silver shoes that had belonged to the wicked witch of the east and were used as her ticket back home to Kansas. Noel Langley, the movie’s screenwriter, changed the silver shoes
Judy Garland was always the first choice to play Dorothy Gayle.
Director Victor Flemying originally wanted Shirley Temple to play the role of Miss Gayle, but Judy Garland was the first choice of producers Arthur Freed and Mervyn Leroy. However, studio big wigs were concerned that Garland was too old for the role who w
Jack Haley was always the first choice to play the Tin Man
Ray Bolger was originally cast to play the Tin Man and Buddy Ebsen was cast as the Scarecrow, but Bolger really wanted the Scarecrow role, so it was agreed that the two would switch. Then, Ebsen got violently ill from the high aluminum powder in the Tin M
W. C. Fields was always the first choice to play the Wizard
Ed Wynn was given the role initially, but he turned it down. Fields was the second choice, but he wanted too much for the part, so the role was given to Frank Morgan instead.
Gale Sondergaard was the first choice to play the Wicked Witch.
However, Sondergaard became unhappy with the studio’s choice to change the glamorous version of the witch to the ugly had and ultimately turned down the role. Margaret Hamilton became Sondergaard’s replacement just three days before filming.
The Wicked Witch of the West, once appeared on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.
Okay, sort of. Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch in the movie, appeared in an episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood in 1975 and even dressed up in a witch’s costume. The point was to teach children that they didn’t need to fear the witch in the
The Wicked Witch was harmed by water in the movie and Margaret Hamilton was harmed by fire.
While in Munchkinland, the Witch makes a dramatic exit with flames. In reality, Hamilton was lowered by elevator and her makeup caught on fire giving her second degree burns. Hamilton had to spend six weeks in the hospital due to the incident.
The Wizard’s coat in the movie once belonged to L. Frank Baum
The story goes that the studio went looking for the perfect coat that “went to seed” at a number of thrift stores. The one that they chose had a label sewn inside of it stating that it once belonged to the author. However, the Baum family stated that they
One song, “The Jitterbug,” was eliminated from film and "Over the Rainbow" almost went with it.
Due the long running time of the movie, some heavy editing had to be done. It is said that MGM didn’t like the song “Over the Rainbow” as they thought that it was too slow of a song to start a musical, too dull for children and too degrading to have Garl
The “horse of a different color” was colored with Jello
The ASPCA wouldn’t allow any horses to be dyed, so the filmmakers found a way to color the coats of three horses with lemon, cherry, and grape powdered gelatin.
The original run of The Wizard of Oz wasn’t a financial success
The movie was MGM's most expensive production up to that time, but it failed to recoup the studio's investment. It wasn’t until the movie’s rerelease in 1949 that the film actually earned money.
The Wizard of Oz won the Academy Award for Best Picture
It was nominated for Best Picture but lost out to Gone with the Wind, which was also produced by MGM and was filmed during the same time.
The Munchkins have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
They were awarded their star in November of 2007. Seven of them attended the ceremony: Mickey Carroll, Ruth Duccini, Margaret Pellegrini, Meinhardt Raabe, Karl 'Karchy' Kosiczky, and August Clarence Swenson.
The Cowardly Lion, has a great-grandson who also appeared in an Oz work.
Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion, has a great-grandson played who played a tinker in 2013’s “Oz the Great and Powerful,” a prequel to the 1939 movie.
Toto was paid more than the Munchkins
However, to what extent is unclear. Reports have generated that the actors who portrayed the Munchkins received anywhere from $50-$100 per week of shooting, while Terry the dog, earned $125 per week.