"Somewhere over the rainbow..."
The Wizard of Oz is a classic film that has captured the hearts and imaginations of children of all ages, all over the world. You're undoubtedly familiar with it, but how much do you really know?
We're offering a peek behind the curtain to share some behind-the-scenes facts about one of the world's favorite films. (Pay no attention to the man back there!)
1. That's a Horse of a Different Color!
In order to create the “horse of a different color” effect, they used JELL-O to dye the horses’ coats (four different horses were used).
They had to rush to get the shots because the horses kept trying to lick the JELL-O off.
2. If I Were King of the Forrrreeeeeeessssttttt!
The Cowardly Lion costume was made using real lion’s skin and weighed more than 60 pounds. Bert Lahr (who played the Lion) often got so hot while wearing the costume that it’d be completely soaked by the end of a day of shooting.
There were two people on the production whose only job was to spend the night drying out the costume so Lehr could wear it the next day.
Crew members said that the costume always reeked. (No surprise there.)
3. A Wizardly Coincidence
The wardrobe department decided they wanted a coat that looked used for Frank Morgan to wear for his role as Professor Marvel (he also played the Wizard). They got one from a second-hand store.
One day on set, Morgan turned one of the coat’s pockets out and found a label indicating that the coat had been made for L. Frank Baum — the original author of the Wizard of Oz books. Baum’s widow and the tailor both confirmed that the jacket had indeed belonged to the author.