The Wizard of Oz

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”

This weekend we are screening The Wizard of Oz, a timeless classic that is a joy to watch on the big screen.  I grew up watching this film, as I am sure most people have, but the first time I watched it on the big screen was a wonderful cinematic occasion, and a must for anyone yet to experience it.

In the spirit of our screening of The Wizard of Oz, I thought I would scroll the internet in search of tit-bits of information that may have escaped the regular cinema attendee.

I do need to say to those of you still reading, that these facts may not be entirely accurate, but I think you will agree they are interesting nonetheless.

  • Toto (the dog) was paid $125 a week salary, which is more than the munchkins got paid.
  • Dorothy’s blue dress and white shirt has become an iconic costume and is instantly recognisable. The shirt was in fact pale pink as white did not photograph well (Shock Horror!)
  • After only a few weeks of production Buddy Ebsen(Tin Man) became very ill from his “aluminium dust” make-up & was replaced by Jack Haley.
  • The horses in Emerald City palace were colored with jelly crystals. The relevant scenes had to be shot quickly, before the horses started to lick it off.

And that concludes my lecture on The Wizard of Oz. I hope that this has been informative, and that you will all watch the film in a new light. We are screening the film on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend tickets are £3.50 for adults and £3 for children.

What better way can you think of to spend a lazy weekend afternoon, and everybody knows – there’s no place like macrobert!

The Wicked Witch's shadow puppet career never really took off.


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