March 9, 2013 by Craig Sutherland
With ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’ in cinemas right now we thought it would nice to look back at the 1939 musical that started it all…
Here’s some interesting facts about ‘The Wizard of Oz’…
-The film received a mention in the Guiness Book of World Records as the film to which a live-action sequel was produced after the longest period of time (Return to Oz was released 46 years after The Wizard of Oz).
– Margaret Hamilton, a life-long fan of the Oz books, was ecstatic when she learned the producers were considering her for a part in the film. When she phoned her agent to find out what role she was up for, her agent simply replied, “The witch, who else?”
– Many of the Wicked Witch of the West‘s scenes were either trimmed or deleted entirely, as Margaret Hamilton’s performance was thought too frightening for audiences.
– The movie was named as one of “The 20 Most Overrated Movies Of All Time” by Premiere.
– The movie’s line “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” was voted as the #24 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere in 2007. “There’s no place like home.” was voted #11 in the same. “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” was 62.
– During the haunted forest scene, several actors playing the Winged Monkeys were injured when the piano wires suspending them snapped, dropping them several feet to the floor of the sound stage.
- The line “balanced on the biggest wave” comes as Dorothy balances on the fence.
- The song “On the Run” starts as Dorothy falls off the fence.
- “The Great Gig in the Sky” begins when the tornado first appears.
- The song “Us and Them” is played when Dorothy meets the Wicked Witch of the West.
- The line “black and blue” is repeated when they are talking to one another (Dorothy in her blue outfit, the Wicked Witch in black).
- The line “the lunatic is on the grass…” coincides with Dorothy meeting the Scarecrow.
- When we first see Miss Gulch on her bicycle, the song “Time” starts with its bells and alarms.
- Dorothy asks Professor Marvel what else he sees in his crystal ball as the line “thought I’d something more to say” comes along in the song “Time”.
- As the Scarecrow sings “If I Only Had a Brain”, Pink Floyd sing “Brain Damage”.
- Side 1 of the original vinyl album (up to the end of “The Great Gig in the Sky”) is exactly as long as the black and white portion of the film.
- As Dorothy listens to the Tin Man’s chest, the album ends with the famous heartbeat sound effect.
Have a look here… Creepy…
This phenomenon is known as “Dark Side of the Rainbow,” “Dark Side of Oz,” and “The Wizard of Floyd.”
- Hit Me With Your Best Shot: “The Wizard of Oz” (thefilmexperience.net)
- Movie Review – Oz the Great and Powerful (notthecarmedia.com)
- ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ review: Wonderful wizard of ‘Oz’ (sfgate.com)
- Meet the Many Wonderful Wizards of Oz – the Glindas and Witches, Too (theatlanticwire.com)
- Review: ‘Oz the Great’ is good enough (cnn.com)
- 1939’s Wicked Witch Of The West Looks Much Sexier In Today’s ‘Oz’ (businessinsider.com)
- ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ lacks the sparkle of the original – Chicago Sun-Times (suntimes.com)
- Great and powerful? Recalling the original ‘Wizard of Oz’ [Photos] (herocomplex.latimes.com)