The Wizard of Oz has remained a classic American film since its creation in 1939. The film’s star, Judy Garland, was launched into the stratosphere of Hollywood stardom, and promised her a long career as a Hollywood actress.
The Wizard of Oz is famous for its unprecedented and innovative Technicolor and beautiful set pieces. But like most masterful creations, things weren’t always smooth sailing on set. Read on to discover the behind-the-scene scoop about this Classic film.
The Movie’s Most Famous Song Almost Didn’t Make The Final Cut
The soundtrack for the Wizard of Oz produced one of the most memorable songs of our time, “Over the Rainbow.” But that beautiful ballad was almost cut from the film. The original cut of the film has a run-time that the studio found unacceptable. Producers insisted that the two hour run time be cut down by 20 minutes at least so the length would be reasonable for audiences to sit through. One of the original cuts was the “Over the Rainbow” song, since producers believed that all the black and white scenes slowed down the picture, and younger audience members would have no interest in the message of the song. In the end the song did get cut, but it was the reprise filmed in the Wicked Witch’s castle rather than the opening black and white version with Dorothy. And the rest is movie history.
In the end the song did get cut, but it was the reprise filmed in the Wicked Witch’s castle rather than the opening black and white version with Dorothy. And the rest is movie history.