8 Myths About “The Wizard of Oz” (Some of Which are True?)

I copied these myths from the website

Hope You Enjoy! Erika K.

8. Dorothy’s Iconic White Shirt Was Actually Pink

Dorothy's Iconic White Shirt Was Actually Pink

TRUE: Due to the idiosyncrasies of Technicolor, it was easier to film a pink shirt and make it look white then to film a white shirt and make it look white.

7. The Wicked Witch Cries Out “Fly, Fly My Pretties!”

The Wicked Witch Cries Out "Fly, Fly My Pretties!"

FALSE: The oft misquoted line is, “Fly, Fly, Fly!”

6. Buddy Ebsen Was Originally Cast As The Tin Man But Was Recast When The Make-up Almost Killed Him

Buddy Ebsen Was Originally Cast As The Tin Man But Was Recast When The Make-up Almost Killed Him

TRUE: With four weeks of rehearsal under his belt and all the Tin Woodsman songs recorded, Buddy Ebsen was rushed to the hospital when his lungs failed. He’d had a deadly lung infection caused by the silver aluminum dust mixed with clown paint being used as make-up. Ebsen spent two weeks in the hospital and another month recovering at home.

5. The Land Of Oz Was Named For L. Frank Balm’s Cabinet Drawer Marked O-Z

The Land Of Oz Was Named For L. Frank Balm's Cabinet Drawer Marked O-Z

UNKNOWN: Although seemingly an open and shut case of fact since Baum himself confirmed the story in 1903, enough dissenters including his own wife and children, has left this mystery to the murky waters of time.

4. Margaret Hamilton’s Make-Up Was Life Threateningly Toxic

Margaret Hamilton's Make-Up Was Life Threateningly Toxic

TRUE: The green skin Wicked Witch of the West was a copper based make-up that could be fatal if ingested, leading Hamilton to subsist on a mostly liquid diet while on set. Her face retained a green tinge weeks after shooting concluded.

3. Pink Floyd Purposely Created “Dark Side Of The Moon” To Coincide With Oz

Pink Floyd Purposely Created "Dark Side Of The Moon" To Coincide With Oz

FALSE: All members of Pink Floyd have repeatedly stated that any creation of the Dark Side of the Rainbow” is purely coincidental.

2. Unbeknownst At The Time, Professor Marvel Is Wearing L. Frank Baum’s Jacket

Unbeknownst At The Time, Professor Marvel Is Wearing L. Frank Baum's Jacket

TRUE: Stranger than fiction. For Marvel’s look, the director wanted a kind of seedy gentility, so the costume department went down to a second-hand store and picked out a bunch of coats. On set, actor Frank Morgan turned the coat pocket inside out. To his shock, “L. Frank Baum” was stitched on the inside. Later both Baum’s tailor and widow would confirm the jacket had belonged to the author.

1. Munchkin Commits Suicide By Hanging On Film

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU32MewCung&feature=player_embeddedFALSE: This one is persistent. Despite being debunked as a bird over and over, falsified video footage continues to circulate. Even with direct rebuttals.


Georgia Douglas Johnson notes

Georgia Douglas Johnson- September 10, 1880-May 14, 1966

  • Born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • An American poet, playwright, song writer and part of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Graduated from Atlanta University; worked as a school teacher in Marietta, GA and principle in Atlanta
  • In 1902 she lived in Cleveland and attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • On September 28, 1903 she married prominent Republican party member Henry Lincoln Johnson
  • In 1910, her husband was appointed Recorder of Deeds under president William Howard Taft and they moved to Washington, D.C. This is where Johnson started writing poetry.
  • She published her first poem in 1916 in the NAACP’s Crisis magazine.
  • In 1918 she published her first volume of poetry “The Heart of a Woman”
  • Her husband died in 1925 and she struggled finding temporary jobs to support herself and their two sons, both of which she sent to Ivy League schools
  • After her husband died she became famous for holding “Saturday Salons”, supposedly at the insistence of Jean Toomer.
  • Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Alain Locke and Angelina Weld Grimke all attended her meetings.
  • All of these people were major contributors to the New Negro Movement
  • During WWII Johnson found it difficult to publish writing that had a political message.

The Heart of a Woman

The heart of a woman goes forth with the dawn,

as a lone bird, soft winging, so restlessly on,

Afar o’er life’s turrets and vales does it roam

In the wake of those echoes the heart calls home.

The heart of a woman falls back with the night,

And enters some alien cage in its plight,

And tries to forget it has dreamed of the stars

While it breaks, breaks, breaks on the sheltering bars.

-This first volume of poetry was written about themes meaningful to women. This was the introduction to the volume. In this poem, the woman is unable to find her place in the world, and becomes attracted to withdrawing from the harsh environment surrounding her. This centers around the pain and oppression surrounding women.

-Savanna Beach


The characters of Yonnondio seem strangely static to me. After the scare when Mazie is almost murdered, there is no progression in the development of characters. Mazie and Will and Jimmie and Ben are stuck in time, unable to mature, stuck in a ceaseless rut of shirking and arguing and crying, in shame of their lack of wealth and desires for things unattainable. For all the years that pass, none of them shows signs of aging other than questionable portrayals of Mazie and Will becoming ever so slightly more intractable.
Even the parents show the same immutability: The mother argues ceaselessly with her husband over money, but both use it to their own ends. Anna remains victim to her constant desire for control, spending her days endlessly sweeping and mopping and canning and whining about education, her end all cure all for their lowest class subsistence although she herself seems to have already obtained the education she desires for her children yet cannot overcome her miserable existence.
The father, on the other hand, is doomed to repeat the same problems – he will work, he will be startled into action by something uncontrollable (the attempted murder, the loss of the farm, the near death of Anna), but these attempts are all abortive. In the end he is becomes a caricature, endlessly suffering from revelation and backsliding into alcoholism and abuse and rape of his wife.
Does this lack of progress signify anything, or is it simply mere lack of skill on the author’s part?