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Think you're a true Ozpert? The Wizard of Oz FAQ will teach you much

Are they good witches?
Are they good witches?
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Midgets and munchkins and magic oh my!
Just in time for the 75th anniversary of the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz comes The Wizard of Oz FAQ (Applause Books, $24.99). This addition to the FAQ series is a fact-filled celebration of the beloved fantasy masterpiece–from L. Frank Baum and his Oz novels to the complete background story of the movie's conception, development, and shoot, with special attention given to the little-known parade of uncredited directors, casting difficulties, and on-set accidents and gaffes, as well as more than 75 sidebars devoted to key cast members, directors, and other behind-the-scenes personnel.
Even such an Oxperts as we are, The Wizard of Oz FAQ brought us such much to pack in Toto's basket: How MGM overworked Judy Garland before, during, and after Oz; why director Victor Fleming had his hands full with the Cowardly Lion and Dorothy's other friends; why Toto really bothered Judy; the physical horrors of filming in Technicolor; the racial Oz gag that was scripted but never shot. There are also stories of deleted scenes and why two weeks of shooting had to be scrapped.
Here, we share some trivia.
Buddy Ebsen was originally cast as the Tin Man but had to give up the role to Jack Haley because of an allergic reaction to the silver dust makeup.
If it weren't for 20th Century Fox's lack of cooperation, Shirley Temple would have played the role of Dorothy and W.C. Fields would have played the Wizard of Oz.
The Tin Man's son, Jack Haley, Jr., married Judy Garland's daughter, Liza Minnelli, in 1974. The marriage ended in 1978.
The word "Oz" derived from the alphabetical letters O-Z on Baum's bottom file cabinet drawer.
Follow the yellow brick road and color yourself Emerald City green!

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