The Dark & Secret History of Making ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Typically, The Wizard of Oz conjures up warm fuzzy feelings of Auntie Em and dreaming of a world over the rainbow — but the making of the classic film is not so nice.

Yes, The Wizard of Oz may technically be a kids’ movie, but the stuff that went on behind the scenes was much more adult.

We heard some of the strange rumors about the 1939 film (including a Nazi sympathizer being involved with production and a possible munchkin suicide), so we did a little digging — and the more digging we did, the stranger things got.

Here’s what we found.

Originally published August 2014. Updated July 2017.

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