20 Secrets About The Wizard Of Oz That Reveal What Really Went On Behind The Scenes

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18. The Wicked Witch of the West’s scenes were cut because she was too scary

The Wicked Witch of the West was played by Margaret Hamilton, who by all accounts was a lovely woman in real life. On screen, however, she apparently played the role a little bit too well. Indeed, studio execs were concerned over whether her appearances in the movie would prove just a bit too terrifying for children. And as a result, her screen time ended getting cut down.

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17. The Cowardly Lion’s costume was made from real lions

Rumor has it that MGM actually considered using Jackie, the lion in their logo, to play the role of the Cowardly Lion. And while that didn’t end up happening, Bert Lahr’s costume for the film was actually partially made from real lion pelts. For this reason, it was also extremely heavy – weighing in excess of 48 pounds, in fact.

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16. Judy Garland was given drugs to help her get through filming

Rather upsettingly, giving drugs to child actors wasn’t all that uncommon in the ’30s, and it was no different with Judy Garland. During Oz, for example, she was taking barbiturates and amphetamines to keep her slim and keep her awake. Unfortunately, though, the experience left her an addict. And, in the end, it was an overdose of barbiturates that killed her at the tragically young age of 47.

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