Contact Us

Movie Myths: ‘Wizard of Oz’ Munchkin Death

MGM

In ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ it’s been specualted that one of the small munchkin actors hung himself when his love of a lady munckin actress went unrequited — according to myth, you can see the munchkin hanging from a tree in the background during the end of the Tin Man sequence, just after the Wicked Witch tries to set fire to Scarecrow and before the group heads off to the Emerald City to find the Wizard.

True or False? False! It was easy to believe the rumor, which started sometime around the 50th anniversary — Judy Garland often spoke of munchkin actors and their debauchery on set in interviews, which made the story of a suicidal munchkin kind of believable. But there were no deaths on set, just a large emu in the background (one of many bird extras for the scene) whose odd shape caught the attention of several eagle-eyed viewers.

next: 'Lion King' Spells S-E-X

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://screencrush.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on ScreenCrush quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Register on ScreenCrush quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!