When I was a sprat, me mammy put me in a high chair with a bowl of “sketty” to watch the “Voz.” An hour later, with tomato sauce all over my face, I was still enraptured by Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Lion, and the Scarecrow.
1. The Wizard of Oz was made in 1939, traditionally noted as one of the best years in cinematic history. It lost the Oscar for best picture to “Gone With the Wind,” but won Best Music and Best Score (duh, with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” what else compares?).
2. The Dark Side of the Moon, indeed does sync up with the film in an odd way – most specifically, when the track “Money” begins, the film switches from black and white to color. The trick is to start the album just after the MGM lion has roared for the third time.
3. No midget hanged himself during the film, it was actually just a large bird – borrowed from the L.A. zoo to make the scene seem more natural – spreading its wings.
4. The horses of different colors (one of my favorite idioms) were actually white horses sponged with different colors of Jello, and had to be prevented from licking themselves off.
5. “The Wizard of Oz” was ranked #6 on AFI’s 100 years, 100 movies. It is usually ranked among the best films of all time.