The film Wizard of Oz is one of the most iconic films of all time. It remains one of the most enchanting and captivating films ever to come out of Hollywood. In fact, a recent study claimed that it is the most watched film in history and it’s still rightly regarded as one of the best movies ever made. But what happened behind that making of this magic? Here are 15 things you might not have known about the journey down to the Wizard of Oz.
The Cowardly Lion’s costume was made from real lions
Bert Lahr’s costume for the film was actually partially made from real lion pelts. Bert Lahr humorous take on the character that wouldn’t really be possible with an actual lion. The major problem was that the tail weight causes rips across the back of the costume which needed to be patched. This caused the costume to weigh in excess of 48 pounds. Rumor also suggested that MGM really considered using Jackie, the lion in their logo, to play the role of the Cowardly Lion but they ended settling for an actual human.
Fleming slapped Garland on set
Judy Garland was slapped by victor fleming during filming. According to producer Pandro S, Judy Garland can’t stop laughing at the point, so Fleming took Garland to one place, slapped her and then tell her to get back to work. To worsen things, she was just 16 years of age at the time of the film’s shooting. At that point in Garland’s career, the actress had never been in a production of this scale; she was less of a big movie star and more of a teenage girl. She was obviously an amateur but Fleming had very high standards.
Over the rainbow was almost cut away from the movie
Over the Rainbow are well-known songs of all time. This song was originally cut because producers think the white and black scenes dragged, and that younger audience wouldn’t understand the song’s message. Easily the most enduring and beautiful song from the film, it’s simply sung masterfully by the little voice of Judy Garland. She said we throw away priceless time in dreams, we are born of imagination, fed on illusion, and put to death by reality. They ended up cutting down the repetition when Dorothy was imprisoned in the Wicked Witch’s lair.