Just a rumor, hanged man on the Wizard of Oz
March 31, 2007 2:47am CST
For those of you who have ever seen the original Wizard of Oz movie and have ever heard the rumor of the munchkin who hung themself in the background....It was just that. A rumor. For those who have not, if you get a hold of the original copy of the Wizard of Oz there is a scene where Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow are skipping down the yellow brick road right after the witch appears on the roof of a cottage in the woods. There is movement which can be seen just to the right of the house in the back off the woods set that appears to be a person swinging in the background. The reason I post this discussion is to show that it is amazing what we convince our minds that we are seeing. There really is no munchkin hanging in the background. 300 cranes were bought during the making of this movie. Cranes are fairly large birds with a pretty wide wingspan. What is viewed in the background actually turns out to be a crane that spreads it's wings momentarily as the trio is skipping down the path. Look it up sometime and see for yourself. Or pop the video in for those who own it and now tell me what you see after I have shared this information with you. It is a great classic movie.
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31 Mar 07
They wanted realistic animals in the movie. I hadn't recalled seeing a crane either. I remember seeing a bunny. But after reviewing that particular clip, that is sure enough what it is. Then I looked into the actual history of the making of the movie. Not just on the net seeing as not everything on the net can be reliable information but in various books and sure enough they talk about animals that they got for the movie. And cranes was one of them. LOL.
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2 Aug 09
No way to ascertain what that figure is, and frankly I have better things to do with my time than speculate about an obscure shadow in an 70 year old movie scene What my kid and I noticed just now as we watched the movie is more interesting. When the Lion is singing his anthem, he walks down the stairs and as he approaches the green cape/robe/carpet, the tin man deftly unhooks the lion's tail wire, so the robe can go on without giving away the presence of the wore. I've seen this movie dozens of time and never noticed this before. Cool stuff!