This segment talks about the witches and wizards and main players on gaining the roles. Many actors were considered for the part of Oscar, the Wizard. Ed Wynn said the part was “too small.” Wallace Beery wanted the role badly but the studio said he was too valuable to be tied up on this film for months. W.C. Fields could not reach the salary demanded. Frank Morgan won the role of Wizard and also four other parts in the movie.
In previous posts from December, “Playing with Fire” and “Avoiding Disaster” were about the hazards of making the movie, including the many directors and writers involved. Part two mentions this and the other main actors auditioning for the roles of Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion and of Margaret Hamilton’s take on being recruited for the “wicked witch,” of course. Movie magic took a village to create it and a public to fall in love with it. Knowing the behind-the-scenes work it took makes me appreciate it all the more.
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There is also a nice piece on the creator Frank Baum. A post in September gives a brief history of his legacy. His attempt at silent movie making wasn’t profitable although he continued churning out books of Oz until his death. By the time the iconic movie was written, over 10 million books had been sold and shared with four generations. It took 14 writers and 4 directors to bring it to life on the big screen. A mighty undertaking at the time!
The music, of course, made it a favorite for generations to come. Here it is explained how inspiration was found for the most beloved song of all time, “Over the Rainbow.” And Judy believed every word of it. We felt it. That’s why we loved her, the movie and the song.