Sure, The Wizard of Oz is a beloved family movie, but there are so many hidden secrets about this hit classic that you probably never caught when you first watched it all those years ago. In fact, the movie is a treasure trove of little-known facts and strange-but-true trivia.
For instance, certain actors who played our favorite Wizard of Oz characters were stuck in uncomfortable and even downright dangerous costumes or situations on-set. From damaging makeup and hot, heavy (100-pound!) costumes, these actors endured many sticky situations to build this memorable film.
In addition to the many juicy behind-the-scenes secrets about the making of The Wizard of Oz, there are also some blatantly embarrassing bloopers that somehow made it into the final version. We're sure the filmmakers hoped we'd never notice these mistakes--one of which involves actress Judy Garland and her iconic dress--but believe us: Once you see them, you'll never be able to un-see them!
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After we started digging, so many other Wizard of Oz secrets blew our minds. Ever wonder where the name for the 'Land of Oz' comes from? And take a wild guess which of the beloved film's most iconic songs was almost cut from the movie? Producers thought it was too long--and too slow--for younger audiences, but this timeless film just wouldn't be the same if they hadn't decided at the last minute to include it!
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Click through to see some of the best-kept secrets about the Wizard of Oz.
Many of the actors who played Munchkins had fled to the U.S. from Germany to escape the Nazis. Because most did not speak English, the majority of their voices are dubbed in the film.