The “snow” used in The Wizard of Oz was actually asbestos.
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When child actors misbehaved on sets, they were sometimes sent to “the black box” and forced to sit on a block of ice as punishment.
During a scene in What happened to Baby Jane?, Bette Davis kicked Joan Crawford so hard she needed stitches. Crawford retaliated by putting “weights in her pockets so that when Davis had to drag Crawford’s nearly lifeless body, she held out her back to him”.
Buster Keaton fractured his neck while performing a stunt in Sherlock Jr.but he didn’t realize it until years later.
Gene Kelly insulted Debbie Reynolds’ dancing so constantly during filming Sing in the rain that she once hid from everyone under a piano, crying.
At Alfred Hitchcock’s The birdslive birds have been linked to Tippi Hedren and also thrown at her while filming the iconic attic scene.
field lily was shot in just 14 days and had such a low budget that Sidney Poitier gave up his usual salary to direct the film.
Margaret Hamilton, aka the Wicked Witch, suffered second-degree burns to her face and third-degree burns to her hand when a stunt went wrong in The Wizard of Oz.
Lon Chaney, who played the main characters in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Operadid her own makeup for the roles.
In Meet me in St. LouisMargaret O’Brien’s mother made her cry on command while filming the sad scenes by telling her that her rival actor at MGM was a better crier than she was.
Cleopatra was one of the most expensive films ever made. It had an original budget of $5 million, but after two years the film was still not finished and more money was being poured into it, totaling over $370 million by today’s standards.
The Loose Lion Costume from The Wizard of Oz was made of real lion hair.
In It’s a wonderful lifewriter-director Frank Capra helped create a new kind of artificial snow because the film’s current method (using white-painted cornflakes) was too noisy when the actors had to walk through the scenes.
And in The Wizard of Oz, the “blizzard” that took place was also not made of snow or cornflakes. It was asbestos.
Humphrey Bogart was two inches shorter than Ingrid Bergman, so he would have had to stand on boxes and sit on cushions to look taller in casablanca.
During filming Move over darlingJames Garner picked Doris Day off the floor and accidentally broke two ribs.
Hattie McDaniel was the first black person to be nominated for an Oscar, but in 1940 the hotel that hosted the awards had a strict “no black people” policy. carried away by the windThe producer had to ask for a special favor just so McDaniel could enter the building. That night, she won the Oscar.
Actors who have played Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz were only paid $50 a week, while Toto the dog was paid $125 a week.
In Miracle on 34th Streetactor John Payne, who played Fred Gailey, loved the film so much that he actually wrote a sequel to the Christmas classic when he was older.
In It’s a wonderful lifethe whole holiday picture was actually shot in the summer of 1946, and it was sometimes so hot that production literally had to be shut down for a few days.
Buddy Ebsen was the first Tin Man in The Wizard of Ozbut the aluminum dust from the make-up nearly killed him and he was quickly replaced by Jack Haley.
The release of psychology It was the first time a flush toilet had been shown on screen before, and movie censors almost didn’t let it happen.
Some of the most iconic sets from King Kong were destroyed to film the Atlanta stage fire in carried away by the wind.
And Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland were forced by the studio to take pep pills + sleeping pills so they could work 72 hours straight and then crash for a few hours before filming more scenes.