The Making of the Wizard of Oz: Movie Magic and Studio Power in the Prime of MGM by Aljean HarmetzWhy was Buddy Ebsen replaced by Jack as the Tin Man? What lifelong effects did young stardom have on Judy Garland? How did they melt a witch, stir up a tornado, and get monkeys to fly?It was 1938, the heyday of Hollywood, when studios were discovering the use of color; the importance of star power, and how to make beautiful, sprawling movies. From this was born The Wizard of Oz, a film that, 60 years later, continues to captivate us. It seems we can never get enough of the dishy inside details, the amazing feats of production that made it such a spectacle, and the personalities both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Now, timed to coincide with the theatrical rerelease -- which will include never-before-seen footage -- this is the book Oz aficionados will turn to for more information on Americas favorite movie. A bestselling classic since it was first published in 1977, The Making of The Wizard of Oz is as ageless as the film itself jam-packed with fascinating facts and telling asides.
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It was the quintessential Golden Age of Hollywood film: Lovable characters yes, even the bad guys , catchy song-and-dance numbers, and a story that still makes audiences cry 80 years after its initial release. Based on L. Many movies have tried to top that magical, life-changing moment when farm girl Dorothy Gale a year-old Judy Garland opens the door to Munchkinland and trades her drab, sepia-toned Kansas life for one of boundless Oz Technicolor—and none has yet succeeded. But as with any other classic movie, The Wizard of Oz has its share of triumphs, tragedies, and trivia. Read on for some of some insights into this venerated Hollywood masterpiece. More so than the braids, the toy Toto, or even the blue-and-white gingham dress, those sparkly ruby-red shoes are the key to any Dorothy Gale costume.
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Few movies have earned the reputation or sizeable audience spanning multiple generations, and even fewer inspire the countless imitators, parodies, allusions and remakes. The Wizard of Oz has, in a sense, become a right of passage, certainly in the English-speaking world. The story behind the making of The Wizard of Oz could inspire a movie unto itself… and, technically, it has inspired several! Yet for all the viewership and commentary the film has garnered over the years, the real story behind the making of the classic movie remains untold. As the movie achieved legendary status, so did the stories behind it, and we here at Screen Rant now seek to uncover some of the mysteries and dispel some of the rumors. Hollywood had once considered The Wizard of Oz cursed property.
The Wizard of Oz may be almost 80 years old, but many of us know it to be one of the key films we watched growing up. The music is iconic, the Technicolor world of Oz was enchanting to behold and, of course, it was incredibly quotable. Ever since it premiered back in , rumors have circulated about the making of the film. The silver makeup used to make his character appear metallic was made out of aluminum powder. After 10 days of shooting and breathing the aluminum into his lungs, Ebsen became horribly ill. He was rushed to the hospital where he had to recover in an iron lung that helped him breathe.