The most important role to “get right” was that of Dorothy. When George Cukor stepped in as Director, it was said he was appalled at Judy’s appearance. Even though at the time, he had no idea the changes he brought to her role would endure the test of time, it was “pivotal.” And he told her, “remember you’re just a little girl from Kansas.” He was then reassigned to the film “Gone with the Wind.” Victor Fleming took over the film of Oz and even though he had a reputation as having a tough exterior, he was also a father of young girls. He wanted to make a film for them, “a picture that would search for beauty and decency and sweetness and love in the world.”
The munchkins are featured in part three and four. In previous posts, Munchkin’s, Munchkin Antics, and Under the Rainbow, I give much behind the scenes information about their legacy. Here they show some interviews of Munchkin’s and their memories of the magical moment in time, like being measured for their costumes, make-up and rehearsing.
Special effects, at the time, were a budding industry and Oz gave some special challenges. The “floating farmhouse” and it being swept up into a tornado, a melting witch, flying monkeys were but a few. Creating the tornado itself was quite innovative. The costumes for the main characters also created many problems and concerns. Previous posts provide additional findings.
Enjoy, and let me know if you have something to share, especially about tornado’s.