Episode 44, August 29, 2017: The Wizard of Oz

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The hysterical ladies, Shena and Jen, from the You Don't Know Ish podcast join us as we discuss the need for water in a stone castle, 1930's home construction, Brian's hatred for the well paid Toto, and on-set disasters. Follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/_youdontknowish.

Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.

Show Notes:

2DudeReview - Episode 44: The Wizard of Oz

I. Introduction
- Discuss site, Twitter, etc.

II. Our bet

III. Tidbits/Things to Discuss

- They originally thought about making Oz a place for music contests after Oz had banned music except for Opera and Classical. Dorothy would win the contest by singing a swing song.
- Another storyline cut was that Hunk (yes, that was the guy's name) would be leaving for Agriculture college back in Kansas and made Dorothy promise to write him while he was away so it could bring a romantic aspect to the story. Hunk was supposed to be the Kansas counterpart to the Scarecrow which is why when Dorothy leaves Oz she tells the Scarecrow, "I think I'll miss you most of all."
- There are rumors that Shirley Temple auditioned for the part of Dorothy but they are unsubstantiated.
- The original Tin Man had to leave the part ten-days into shooting because he had a reaction to the aluminum powder makeup. It coated his lungs and he was hosbitalized in critical condition and forced to leave the movie. The studio didn't believe he was sick until they visited him in the hostpital and saw the iron lung. They didn't tell his replacement what happened to the first Tin Man, just that he was fired. They did change the makup so he didn't get sick but did get an eye infection from it.
- Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch of the West) was severly burned when she was to stand in an elevator in Munchkinland. She was exposed to the flames and smoke during the scene and her copper based makeup caught fire. She got second degree burns on her face and hands and spent six weeks in the hospital.
- After Hamilton returned she refused to do the scene where she flies on a broomstick that billows smoke. So they chose a stand-in. The stand-in was severely injured due to a malfunction in the smoke mechanism.
- Toto also got hurt when one of the Witch's guards stepped on him and they had to use a double for two weeks.
- Several actors were injured in the Winged Monkey scene in the haunted forest scene when the wires snapped.
- There is a rumor that one of the crew members committed suicide when they march off singing "We're Off to See the Wizard." Warner Bros. edited the footage and removed it.
- Dating back to World War II (when homosexuality was illegal in the United States), stating that you were a "friend of Dorothy" was a euphemism to being gay.
- When they filmed the scene where Dorothy slaps the Cowardly Lion, Garland got the giggles and the director pulled her aside and lectured her and then slapped her.

IV. How rotten is The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz was given an % by Rotten Tomatoes. Do the following films fall higher or lower than %?

V. Mention next film, plus reiterate the Web site and social media feeds

VI. Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: A
Brian's Grade: B+
Karina's Grade: A+
Shena's Grade: A
Jen's Grade: B+