MAKING MOVIES- Behind The Scenes

CLICK THE FRAME BELOW TO WATCH- Walt Disney’s Multi Plane Camera 

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CLICK THE FRAME BELOW TO WATCH- The Making Of The 1939 “HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME”

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CLICK THE FRAME BELOW TO WATCH- The Making Of The 1937 “SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS”

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2019 sees the 80th anniversary of two GREAT film classics- “The Wizard Of Oz” & “Gone With The Wind”. Watch the slide show on the frame below of the studio production shots of “The Wizard Of Oz”, intermingled with stunning still shots.

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TOTO EARNED MORE THAN THE MUNCHKINS

Terry, the little female Cairn terrier that plays Toto, was paid $125 a week. While the dog’s trainer always bemoaned not asking for more (the producers were desperate to cast Terry), the residents of Munchkinland only made $50 a week. Terry was also injured during filming when one of the guards stepped on her.

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EVEN WORSE: LOTS OF SCENES OF THE WICKED WITCH HAD TO BE CUT.

Margaret Hamilton with Judy Garland

On top of the physical torture, most of the Wicked Witch’s scenes had to be edited or cut completely after being deemed to terrifying for children. (So what’s left is the un-scary version?!)

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THE WIZARD PLAYED FIVE ROLES.

Frank Morgan in one of his five roles

Sure, you probably know that the fortune-telling Kansas professor and the Great and Powerful Oz are both actor Frank Morgan. But he was also the Emerald City cabby driving the Horse-of-a-Different-Color, a guard at the Wizard’s palace, and the doorkeeper there.

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“Only Bad Witches Are Ugly”

The beautiful Billie Burke with Judy Garland

The stunning Billie Burke, who played Glinda the Good Witch of the North, was 54 years old at the time — 18 years older than her counterpart Margaret Hamilton, who portrayed the Wicked Witch of the West. Good witch, good genes.

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RAY BOLGER STILL LOOKED LIKE THE SCARECROW TWELVE MONTHS AFTER THE CAMERAS STOPPED ROLLING

Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow

The scarecrow face prosthetics that Ray Bolger wore left a pattern of lines on his face that took more than a year to vanish.

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IT WAS A BOX OFFICE FLOP!

The first showing in Chester was at the ABC Regal in 1940

Between coming out at the tail end of The Great Depression and competing with Gone with the Wind, another 1939 release, the film barely recouped it’s $2.8 million budget. Still, the film managed to win two Oscars — for best original score and best original song.

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Click to play the 1939 trailer on the above frame

Click to play the 2013 trailer on the above frame

screening dates on this trailer are now out of date

 

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