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Dorothy's blue-and-white gingham dress was blue and light pink, which was easier to shoot in Technicolor. The famous sequined shoes were originally silver, like they are in the Oz books.
But MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer wanted to show off Technicolor, so he changed the hue. The ruby red slippers that Judy Garland wore in the film were anonymously donated to the museum in 1979.
The attraction is so popular that the carpet surrounding the shoes in the museum has been replaced multiple times due to visitors' wear and tear. Judy Garland actually wore several pairs of shoes during filming.
Another pair was on display in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, at a museum honoring the actress. In 2005, a thief broke in, smashed the plexiglass case, and stole the famous red slippers.
Jack Haley took the role of Tin Man (right), and the rest is cinematic history. Chocolate syrup is what's really streaming down Jack Haley's silver face.
Terry, the little female Cairn terrier that plays Toto, was paid $125 a week, though the dog's trainer always bemoaned not asking for more since the producers were desperate to cast Terry. Many little people who played munchkins found life-long friendships on set of The Wizard of Oz.
One of the most pervasive urban legends is that one of the 124 little people hired hung himself during filming. Conspiracy theorists point to a dark shadow on the ground during one scene in the film.
That dark spot in the background as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man skip down the yellow brick road? But it wasn't from the sparks that shot off the ruby slippers (those jolts were merely apple juice).
On top of the physical torture, most of the Wicked Witch's scenes had to be edited or cut completely after being deemed to terrifying for children. Sure, you probably know that the fortune-telling Kansas professor and the Great and Powerful Oz are both actor Frank Morgan ...
Morgan was also the Emerald City cabbies driving the Horse-of-a-Different-Color, a guard at the Wizard's palace, and the doorkeeper there. The much-debated story is that MGM's wardrobe department purchased a tattered coat at a local second-hand shop.
These include Deanna Durbin, Bonita Granville, and a young Shirley Temple. At the beginning of filming, Judy Garland was wearing a blonde wig and heavy “baby doll” makeup.
This came to an end when George Zukor took over as director and insisted Judy showcase her natural looks. As she's departing, Linda the Good Witch gives Dorothy a kiss on the forehead.
Of costume, Bert Lair was pretty miserable and had to remove his suit completely between takes. Jell-O's crystals were stuck over all the multiple Emerald City horses playing the Horse-of-a-Different-Color to give them their color.
Between coming out at the tail end of The Great Depression and competing with Gone with the Wind, another 1939 release, the film barely recouped its $2.8 million budget. Asher Ogle WriterWhen she’s not hunting for compelling personal stories or justifying her love for dessert, Asher can likely be found watching early-2000s TV on Netflix with her husband.
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