Some Interesting Facts About The Wizard of Oz

The Classic Film The Wizard of Oz might be considered old, but some consider it to be one of the best films ever made!  August 25th. was the seventy-fourth anniversary of the release of MGM’s grand Technicolor fantasy film The Wizard of Oz.  Almost seventy-five years old, there are a lot of interesting facts about The Wizard of Oz that you probably didn’t know.

Cast of The Wizard of Oz

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Check out some of these interesting facts about The Wizard of Oz below:

  1. Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume weighed almost 100 pounds and was made with real lion pelts.
  2. Judy Garland had to wear a corset in order to appear more childlike for her role as Dorothy. She was 16 years old when she made the movie.
  3. The early Technicolor process required more light than a normal film production, so the set temperatures often exceeded 100 degrees.
  4. In L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s slippers were silver. They were changed to “ruby” in order to take advantage of the Technicolor wow factor. Multiple sets were created for the film. A pair of the ruby slippers were stolen in 2005, but several others remain under lock and key.

Check out the the article 50 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Wizard of Oz’ from and read the rest of the 50 interesting facts about The Wizard of Oz.  After reading about some of the interesting facts about The Wizard of Oz, comment below and check out our Facebook page and Twitter and let us know what you think the coolest fact is.

The characters from The Wizard of Oz walking down the Yellow Brick Road

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