Considered by many to be one of the best movies of all time, The Wizard of Oz paved a way for both color movies and special effects upon its release in 1939. The film also brought together the biggest cast of little people ever to star in one movie. As Munchkins, these actors welcomed Dorothy to Oz and danced their way into movie lovers' hearts. While the studio system treated actors like Judy Garland terribly and behind-the-scenes disaster stories from the film abound, the Munchkin actors suffered difficulties as well.
Rumors of drunken encounters and heated tempers plagued them for years after the film, and while most of these stories are untrue, the little people of Oz also put up with horrors on set that are seldom discussed. Despite their experiences behind the scenes, however, most of the Munchkin actors enjoyed their time working on the film, and they even earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. Audiences will remember Munchkinland and its jolly residents for years, but what went on behind the scenes made The Wizard of Oz historic for different and unexpected reasons.