‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Suicide: What Really Happened?

October 26, 2017 in Commentary, Entertainment, Movies, News, Review, Television

The Wizard of Oz was made in 1939 and was the first movie shown on television when major studios started to sell their rights to the networks, which was only a handful at that time.

I remember it being on TV one time during the Halloween season when I was young. The family was at a furniture store and it was playing on all the TVs. For the longest time, I thought it was one of those magical movies that a film tech had to work tirelessly to paint from Black and White. But, the fact of the matter is that it was shot in technicolor. One of the first films to be done that way.

One memory I have of that night was the huge chair in the furniture store. It made adults look like dwarfs when they sat in it. When they took a picture of my brother and I, it was hilarious. We looked like little action figures a child had left abandoned until he was ready to play again.




To shift back to the movie, did you know that a person hung himself during the making of ‘The Wizard of Oz?’ Of course, people don’t believe it. There are later versions of the movie that are different from the original. Some people say it’s a bird and they dismiss it. But, there are people like me who won’t let it go at that.

Snopes says it didn’t happen and they give some interesting reasons. They say that it was a munchkin and those actors wouldn’t have been on the set because they weren’t due to film yet. They go on to say that it would have taken the entire staff to ignore the suicide and Snopes says that just isn’t very believable. Obviously, those are only opinions and not supported by any evidence.




But, I think it could have happened. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ cost $2.8 million to make, which was the most expensive movie MGM had ever made up to that point. When they were filming, they didn’t notice the hanging at the time and it remained a mystery until they broke down the set. By that time, they had spent too much money to go back and shoot it again. So, they conspired to keep it from hitting the news and even their own company.

Doesn’t that sound like an equally viable explanation? It’s just as feasible as Snopes’ denial, which doesn’t include a definite filming schedule or take into account that scandals are rampant in Hollywood. If Hollywood didn’t have scandal, it wouldn’t be able to keep us interested for as long as it has.

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