Supposedly, the directors son is the one hanging there. Hamilton was intended to vanish in a giant puff of smoke, but her trapdoor misfired. A majority of these clues are included in the documentary Room 237. Mayer was so convinced that The Wizard of Oz would have similar results. The International Wizard of Oz Club has probably got it right with its statement. No, that is just a hurtful rumor So you really can see your corpse swinging in the background of that one scene? Working on the film became so uncomfortable that film bosses decided to call in an exorcist. Here's a question sure to stump family and friends: How many dresses is Dorothy seen wearing? Sid Luft was married to Garland from 1952 to 1965.
That clip is known to have been digitally manipulated. But why would someone think to insert a hanging munchkin into the background of The Wizard of Oz? Cecil Adams Send questions to Cecil via. Now, when I saw this, I began to flip out. For years it was believed that a while the cameras were rolling during production, unbeknownst to the director, various stagehands, and the actors on the screen. Later that night And then you hung yourself out of grief over the pain you caused his family? Deep in the background, a dark figure can be seen. But watch closely, she's still holding it as she begins to sing and at the beginning of the second verse, she tosses the remainder into the barnyard hopefully Toto saw it! The Truth: What's actually moving in the background is a large exotic bird on loan from the Los Angeles Zoo.
However, none of these are the case. Since Oz is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary next year, here's a fun peek at a few details that may have escaped the attention of even the most ardent Ozophiles. The above-mentioned Meinhardt Raabe, who played the munchkin coroner in the film, asserts that what some people see as a hanging munchkin was actually a large bird brought on the set to add an open air ambiance. Cukor did, however, work with Garland again in A Star is Born, the movie that got the actress her Oscar nod. Next: You never knew this about the Wicked Witch of the West. Her stunt double spent months in the hospital after a prop broom exploded — they were using a double because Hamilton got injured on an earlier take. Frank Baum, author of the original Wizard of Oz book, passed away.
It's a persistent myth - the point about myths is they don't have to be true, they don't have to be facts, but people need to believe in them. This is proof that Suicidal Munchkin did not just create the fake in 2011 and post it to YouTube. As she aged, she developed arthritis, causing her to be in a lot of pain. The Wizard of Oz is one of the most well known movie classics of all time. The story goes that while Morgan was wearing the jacket on set, he noticed an inscription on the pocket. The Truth: The reality is that painting your body would not lead to death. Conservative activists protested Disney claiming that the movie studio was promoting sexual activities through a subliminal message in the film.
A feminist himself, Baum wanted Dorothy to come across as a strong heroine for his young female audience. One, in particular, is the hanging theory. We played the tape several times but couldn't see the dwarf suicide or the mysterious bird! Skip ahead to 15:38 for the pertinent scene. Jack Haley was now in the tin suit. Those who worked on the film have confirmed that birds were brought on set to enhance the environment.
My mom and I watched a documentary of the behind the scenes of The Wizard of Oz. There he is — the hanging munchkin. To prevent death, it was important to leave a small part of your body unpainted. In the book, Glinda is the Good Witch of the South, not the North, and Oz is a real place, not just Dorothy working out her Freudian issues in her dreams. No one, munchkin or otherwise, died on-set during the filming of this cinematic classic, much less in a cut that was used in the finished version of the movie. If Suicidal Munchkin engineered this fake himself in 2011, that means the bird version was the only version anyone had seen before 2011. Dick Kleiner, in a responded to a reader asking about the rumor.
There is a cabin in the mid-ground and trees on both sides of the road. That shadowy thing is actually a bird spreading its wings, not a munchkin ending his life. As many have pointed out and as can be seen in even the fuzziest video clips , the dimly-lit figure moving around in the soft-focus background of the scene is actually one of the live exotic birds distributed around the set for visual interest during filming. In actuality, the movement is that of a large stork reacting to the dancing by rising up and unfolding its wings defensively. The Truth: Zemeckis later admitted that all the flying sequences from the sequel were made possible through. The Wizard of Oz has one of the wildest and most infamous productions of any movie ever filmed. .
Now, rumor has it that a small munchkin can be spotted in the background. Meyer wanted to show off the new technicolor better. Did you know that half of the cast was either injured or nearly died during production, and one potential cast member did — before she was signed onto the film? Margaret Hamilton was nearly burned to death on set. Can you imagine that many people wouldn't have noticed a suicide in progress, or even a successful one, and not done something about it? A spokesman for Bizarre magazine - which specialises in stories about life in the extreme - says the myth is a popular one. The Wizard of Oz makes Dorothy into an innocent damsel in distress, who gets in over her head in Oz in order to learn a lesson about family, one that convinces her to go back home. It was also pulled from theaters faster than some competing titles like Gone With the Wind, which kept on playing for several years.