Horrors From Behind-The-Scenes of Filming 'The Wizard of Oz'
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Heavy drinking, sexual harassment, drugs, and on-set catastrophes. This is how a family movie 'The Wizard of Oz' was filmed. It was made in 1939 during the dark days of the old Hollywood studio system. At that time, the filming process could be very treacherous. Judy Garland who played Dorothy was addicted to drugs. She was prescribed amphetamines to keep her weight down. And before going to bed she took barbiturates to sleep well. She died of a drug overdose in 1969. It is believed that she was molested by both the munchkin actors and studio executives. 17-year-old Garland was asked to lose 12 pounds to resemble a 12-year-old. She followed a strict diet (including cigarettes) and wore a corset to flatten her breasts. Filming one scene Garland couldn’t stop giggling. After ruining several takes she was slapped by the director Victor Flemming. The munchkin actors engaged in aggressively drunken behavior. One policeman referred to them as “pimps, hookers, and gamblers”. Margaret Hamilton who played the Wicked Witch was poisoned by her toxic green makeup. She swallowed some and then couldn’t eat for days. Also, her skin was dyed green for several weeks due to the copper in the makeup. She burned her face and hands while filming the scene where she escapes in a plume of smoke. Another actor had an allergic reaction to the aluminum powder in the silver-colored makeup. He was hospitalized in an oxygen tent. His costume was made of metal and he couldn’t even sit down in it. Cowardly Lion’s costume consisted of real lion pelts and smelled unpleasant. The actor who wore this costume wasn’t allowed to eat while in his makeup. Ray Bolger’s Scarecrow makeup left deeply embedded marks in his skin. The marks didn’t disappear for more than a year. One of the actors accidentally stepped on Toto and broke her paw. Some sources say that Toto received a higher paycheck than many of the Munchkin actors. The intense lighting set-up caused temperatures in the studio to soar above 100 degrees. Some actors were close to heat stroke. For the Horse-of-a-Different-Color scenes, the horse was colored with gelatin powder. The scenes had to be shot quickly before the horse started to lick it off. 'The Wizard of Oz' had five different directors who changed each other one by one. There were more than 10 screenwriters working on the script. Judy Garland only earned about $500 per week playing the leading part. While Ray Bolger (Scarecrow) and Jack Haley (Tin Man) earned about $3,000 per week. Subscribe to The Story Behind https://is.gd/hixAAr Music by Epidemic Sound: https://www.epidemicsound.com/
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