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Episode 3: The Wizard Of Oz (1939) - The Beverly Hillbillies and Judy Garlands Experience On Set!

Updated: Sep 22

Cowtown Drive In Podcast | William Lee Martin | Audie Grace Martin  | Ep. 3 | The Wizard of Oz

This Episode, Comedian William Lee Martin and Intern Audie Grace deep dive into the Wizard of Oz. Was it good for kids? Was it good for Judy Garland? And more importantly why do kids not know the difference between the Jeffersons and the Jetsons!

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Fun Facts About the Movie:
  • Producers originally wanted Shirley Temple to star as Dorothy as opposed to Judy Garland.

  • Judy Garland as 16 during shooting, but still had to wear a super-tight metal corset to make her figure seem younger. She was also told to lose 12 pounds after she was hired and was referred to on set as the "fat little pig with pigtails."

  • Judy Garland couldn't stop giggling during the scene where Dorothy slaps the Cowardly Lion. Director Victor Fleming apparently took Garland aside and slapped her, after which she nailed the scene in one take.

  • The cowardly lion's costume was made out of real lion skin, weighing in around 100 pounds.

  • Judy Garland's daughter (Liza Minelli) was married to Jack Haley Jr., son of the actor playing the Tin Man. Unfortunately, the couple didn't have a happily ever after together and divorced in 1979.

  • Toto reportedly earned $125 per week of filming, but each Munchkin actor received $50 a week. In fact, Toto was such a hit on set that Judy Garland grew so attached to her that she tried to adopt her after filming ended, but her owners said no.

  • The horses of Emerald City were colored with Jell-O... which they kept trying to lick off.

  • The yellow brick road originally showed up green in Technicolor, so it had to be repainted.

  • Dorothy's slippers in the book were silver, but the ones used in the movie were also a size 5!

  • "Over the Rainbow" was almost cut from the film for length reasons.

  • The Scarecrow's face prosthetics left deep groves in actor Ray Bolger's face, which reportedly took more than a year to disappear.

  • Jack Haley (The Tin Man) had aluminum-based makeup that gave him a severe eye infection.

  • Margaret Hamilton (The Wicked Witch of the West) suffered severe burns during the scene in which she vanished in a cloud of smoke in which she vanished in a cloud of smoke because her makeup ignited. She recovered after about six weeks, but refused to do any more scenes involving fire.

  • Several actors playing the Winged Monkeys in the forest were injured when wires suspending them above the sound stage snapped, sending them falling several feet.

  • One of the most well-known urban legends is that one of the 124 little people hired to play the Munchkins hung himself on set during filming. Conspiracy theorists point to a dark shadow on the ground during one scene in the film. As it turns out, it was merely a bird.

Our Ratings:

William Lee- 9/10

Lisa- 7/10

JT- 9/10

Audie- 8.5/10

Cowtown Drive-In Average- 8.4/10

The Wizard of Oz | Judy Garland | Margaret Hamilton | Billie Burke

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