Which Urban Legends About 'The Wizard of Oz' Are True?

Which Urban Legends About 'The Wizard of Oz' Are True?

Sep 02, 2011

The Wizard of Oz just celebrated its 72nd anniversary on August 25, marking one of cinema's most memorable milestones. The 1939 film – based on L. Frank Baum's 1900 fairytale novel – created a new standard in set design, storytelling, costuming, and has even been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress. With such a hefty title comes a series of mythical yarns that have wrapped themselves around the fantasy favorite, but not all of them are true. Here are a few urban legends about the celebrated classic that will take you down the yellow brick road once more.

--Dorothy's shirt was really pink, not white. Due to the "POW!" of Technicolor it was easier to make pink look white than vice versa.
--Makeup almost killed the Tin Man and the Wicked Witch of the West due to the copper and aluminum base in the paint. Buddy Ebsen almost played the Tin Man but had to be recast due to a deadly lung infection that put him in the hospital. Margaret Hamilton's face stayed green for weeks after shooting the movie. During the filming, she had to sustain herself on a liquid diet through a straw so she didn't ingest the toxic makeup accidentally.
--Stoners and acidheads will be disappointed to know that Pink Floyd did not create Dark Side of the Moon as a soundtrack to the film.
--And the biggest myth of all …
There are some pretty wild theories about one of the munchkins hanging himself in the film, but the supposed suicide has been debunked as a bird that was on set. Look to the lower middle/left background in this video to see what people have been chattering about for years. I might have to side with the crazies on this one -- it totally looks like a hanging body and not a bird.
Read about the rest of Oz's urban legends over here.


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