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Revisiting “The Wizard of Oz”

I’m going to see “Oz, The Great and Powerful” this weekend!

“The Wizard of Oz” classic from 74 years ago is considered one of the best movies of all-time.
But when you look back at the original from 1939, did you know how many problems this film had before it was finished?!

Judy Garland, who played Dorothy, was not the studio’s first choice. Shirley Temple was their first choice.

The song “Over The Rainbow,” almost didn’t make it in the film.

Toto was injured on the set and got a stand-in while her paw healed.

And Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West, nearly went up in flames. After delivering her line, “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too,” Hamilton was supposed to disappear into a hidden elevator below the stage just as flames shot up. But the flames erupted too soon, catching her hat and broom on fire. Her face was terribly burned and she was out for six weeks.

Now click your heals three times and turn off your cell phone while I watch this movie.