I'm a huge geek when it comes to movie conspiracies and urban legends. Whether they're true or not, it's still interesting to play detective and spot them while watching.
The Wizard of Oz (which is celebrating it's 71st anniversary today) is one of my favorites for these types of mysteries. Let's dig in and see which ones are true and which are false, shall we?
The Munchkin Suicide: Legend has it that one of the munchkins hanged himself during filming, and is spotted lifelessly dangling from a tree in the scene right after Dorothy and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Man and they continue down the yellow brick road.
FALSE: In order to get a more outdoorsy, natural feel, several birds were borrowed from the Los Angeles Zoo and roamed the set. In the scene, it's actually a large bird, spreading its wings.
Pink Floyd Soundtrack: Pink Floyd's 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon syncs perfectly with the movie.
TRUE: It's actually pretty freaky. The lyrics and music correspond with what's going on in the movie. For example, when Floyd sings, "The lunatic is on the grass," the Scarecrow begins his floppy jig near the green lawn. The line "got to keep the loonies on the path" comes just before Dorothy and the Scarecrow start skipping down the yellow brick road. No drugs needed for this trip.
Miss Gulch Swears: At the very beginning of the movie, Miss Gulch tells Aunt Em as she's taking Toto that she will "bring a damn suit that'll take your whole farm!"
FALSE: The line is actually "... bring a damage suit ..."
Coat of Baum's: The coat worn by Professor Marvel was later discovered to have been previously owned by Oz author L. Frank Baum.
TRUE: One hot afternoon, the actor, Frank Morgan, turned out the pocket of the secondhand coat. Inside it was the name L. Frank Baum. They got in touch with the tailor in Chicago, and he confirmed that, indeed, the coat had been made for Baum. Baum's widow also identified it, and it was given to her after the filming was complete.
What are some of your favorite movie urban legends? Had you heard about these from The Wizard of Oz?
Image via WizardofOz.Warnerbros.com