Since the release of The Wizard of Oz in 1939, audiences have been entertained by the film and the bizarre behind-the-scenes circumstances surrounding its production. Once CBS's annual broadcast of The Wizard of Oz began in 1956, an entire generation of Americans looked forward to this yearly event, with commercial television the only available venue for viewers to see this remarkable film.
Its characters and the actors who portrayed them achieved global success that defined their careers. Over time, the fascination with the film has only increased. Everyone has heard wild rumors about the movie, especially the one that purports you can see the body of someone who hung themselves on the set (you cannot, and no one took their life during production). But despite all the sensationalist stories, many true, little-known facts about The Wizard of Oz still exist. Read to find out why making The Wizard of Oz was a difficult task - and what color Dorothy's iconic slippers originally were.