50 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Wizard of Oz’


26. The shabby coat that Frank Morgan’s Professor Marvel/The Wiz wore was a thrift store find. It was discovered later that it used to belong to Oz author, L. Frank Baum (his name was sewn into the garment). Baum’s widow and tailor confirmed the find.

27. The girl’s voice heard in the Tin Man’s “If I Only Had a Heart” belongs to Adriana Caselotti, who voiced Walt Disney’s Snow White.

28. Chrysotile asbestos fibers (yes, the carcinogenic stuff) were used to create the snow in the “poppy field” scene.

29. The Wicked Witch’s crystal ball was previously used as a prop in The Mask of Fu Manchu, starring Boris Karloff.

30. Many of the scenes featuring the Wicked Witch had to be cut or edited, because she was considered too frightening for children.