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10+ Facts About 'Wizard Of Oz' That Will Leave You Seriously Disturbed

jake.bean 3 Jun 2019

Like Keanu Reeves, The Wizard Of Oz is a movie that not many people dislike.

However, one thing you could hardly call it is "disturbing"... until today.

Cue evil music.

1. The Wicked Witch's Makeup.

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Apparently, the green makeup that Margaret Hamilton had to wear during filming was so toxic that she had to be on a liquid diet the entire time.

Presumably, because she couldn't possibly keep anything down.

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2. Munchkins Vs The Toilet.

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The showrunners had to hire someone to help the little people who played the Muchkins on and off the toilet.

This is because one time during shooting, one little person got caught for 45 minutes.

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3. Auntie Em committed suicide.

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That's right, at the age of 85 she took a bunch of sleeping pills and killed herself. In her suicide note, she wrote:

"I am now about to make the great adventure... I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen."

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4. The Witch Got Burned.

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You might think this is a good thing, but what I mean by it was Margaret Hamilton suffered second-degree burns on her face and third-degree burns on her hand after a stunt went wrong.

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5. She was supposed to fall through a trap door...

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But obviously, it didn't open in time.

She said about the whole incident: "I know how this business works, and I would never work again. I will return to work on one condition — no more fireworks!"

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6. The Cowardly Lion Costume.

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I bet you thought that the Cowardly Lion costume was made of some sort of fabric, or maybe plastic.

No, it was made from real hair. Seriously, did you not read the title?

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7. Dorothy had a strict diet.

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Not only was Judy Garland only 16 when she was cast, but they forced her to wear a corset to look younger.

Also, they had her on tobacco to suppress her appetite.

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8. Some Munchkins were not fun.

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Especially when it came to Judy Garland.

In the book "Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland", Judy's ex-husband revealed that some of the men who played the Munchkins were "naughty".

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9. She may have even been sexually assaulted.

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Not only were the Munchkins frequently at bars and drunk after work, the same book recalls a moment where:

"The next day, on the set, hungover, they would make Judy's life miserable by putting their hands under her dress."

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10. In fact, a lot of them were arrested.

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The Munchkins were an absolute terror, apparently. MGM eventually had to hire some people from the studio to keep an eye on them, but according to Judy's ex-husband:

"[The Munchkins] thought they could get away with anything because they were so small".

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11. The Colored Horses.

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The studio was having trouble changing their color.

After a while, they just painted the horses with Jell-O powder.

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12. Munchkin Pay.

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Maybe the Munchkins were so drunk and disorderly because they were getting really bad pay.

They would only make about 50$ per week, which in today's money is probably around 900$.

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13. In contrast...

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Terry, the dog who played Toto made about 125$ a week. That's about $2,300 in today's money.

A dog, a freaking dog made more money than actual humans! I'd make a scene too.

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14. The "Snowfall".

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When the snow starts to fall in this scene, did you know that it was actually asbestos? You know, that toxic dust that could give you cancer and a mess of other diseases?

They were sprinkling that on their actors.

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15. Dorothy was abused by everyone.

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Her mother fed her "pep pills", the studio execs called her "a fat little pig with pigtails" and of course you already know about all the Munchkin stuff.

Jeez, poor girl.

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