Publication[ edit ] The book was published by George M.
The tale is almost certainly untrue, as Harlow died inbefore MGM had even purchased the rights to the story. The documentary The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic states that Mervyn LeRoy was under pressure to cast Temple, then the most popular child star, but at an unofficial audition, MGM musical mainstay Roger Edens listened to her sing and felt that an actress with a different style was needed; a 50th anniversary documentary for the film suggested that Temple, then years-old, was slightly too young for the part.
Actress Deanna Durbinwho was under contract to Universal Studioswas also considered for the part of Dorothy. Durbin, at the time, far exceeded Garland in film experience and fan base and both had co-starred in a two-reeler titled Every Sunday.
Meinhardt Raabewho played the coroner, revealed in the documentary The Making of the Wizard of Oz that Wizard of oz MGM costume and wardrobe department, under the direction of designer Adrianhad to design over costumes for the Munchkin sequences.
They then had to photograph and catalog each Munchkin in his or her costume so that they could correctly apply the same costume and makeup each day of production. Gale Sondergaard was originally cast as the Wicked Witch. She turned down the role and was replaced on October 10,just three days before filming started, by MGM contract player Margaret Hamilton.
According to Aljean Harmetz, the "gone-to-seed" coat worn by Morgan as the wizard was selected from a rack of coats purchased from a second-hand Wizard of oz. But Baum biographer Michael Patrick Hearn says the Baum family denies ever seeing the coat or knowing of the story; Hamilton considered it a concocted studio rumor.
Ebsen replaced by Haley[ edit ] According to most sources, ten days into the shoot, Ebsen suffered a reaction to the aluminum powder makeup he wore. He was hospitalized in critical condition, and subsequently was forced to leave the project; in a later interview included on the DVD release of The Wizard of Ozhe recalled the studio heads appreciated the seriousness of his illness only after seeing him in the hospital.
Filming halted while a replacement for him was found. His replacement, Jack Haleysimply assumed he had been fired. This meant that all the scenes Garland and Hamilton had already completed had to be discarded and reshot. The makeup used for Haley was quietly changed to an aluminum paste, with a layer of clown white greasepaint underneath to protect his skin; although it did not have the same dire effect on Haley, he did at one point suffer an eye infection from it.
At first thought to be lost for over seven decades, a recording of this original version was rediscovered in Production on the bulk of the Technicolor sequences was a long and exhausting process that ran for over six months, from October to March Most of the cast worked six days a week and had to arrive as early as 4: All of the Oz sequences were filmed in three-strip Technicolor.
The first take ran well but in the second take the flames did not go out in time. The flames set fire to her green, copper-based face paint, causing third-degree burns on her hands and face.
She spent three months healing before returning to work. In later years, when the film became firmly established as a classic, Vidor chose not to take public credit for his contribution until after the death of his friend Fleming in Post-production[ edit ] Principal photography concluded with the Kansas sequences on March 16, ; nonetheless, reshoots and pick-up shots were filmed throughout April and May and into June, under the direction of producer LeRoy.
Arnold Gillespie had to perfect the various special effects that the film required, including many of the rear projection shots.
The MGM art department also had to create the various matte paintings for the background of many of the scenes. One significant innovation planned for the film was the use of stencil printing for the transition to Technicolor. Each frame was to be hand-tinted to maintain the sepia tone; however, because this was too expensive and labor-intensive, it was abandoned and MGM used a simpler and less expensive variation of the process.
This also meant that the reshoots provided the first proper shot of Munchkinland; if one looks carefully, the brief cut to Dorothy looking around outside the house bisects a single long shot, from the inside of the doorway to the pan-around that finally ends in a reverse-angle as the ruins of the house are seen behind Dorothy as she comes to a stop at the foot of the small bridge.
Test screenings of the film began on June 5, LeRoy and Fleming knew that at least 15 minutes needed to be deleted to get the film down to a manageable running time; the average film in ran for just about 90 minutes.Officially licensed Wizard of Oz accessory.
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