We’ve all seen the exclusive behind-the-scenes footage that reveals the filmmaking secrets from some of our favorite movies and movie scenes. These special features don’t however, debunk the many urban legends that were rumored during the making of a number of films.
One of the more popular myths is about the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz”. At the very end of the Tin Woodsman scene, where Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man skip down the yellow brick road en route to the Emerald City, it appears one of the Munchkins is in the background hanging himself. Originally, viewers were told the shadowed figure was a stagehand who accidentally fell into frame while rolling, but that story changed into the “suicide Munchkin” myth when they re-released a special video of the film to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Then, as the rumor continued to move down the grapevine, people provided more backstory and detail to the story, saying that the actor had just gotten his heart broken. The studio responded to the rumors, saying that the figure was a bird from the Los Angeles Zoo that they added to make the indoor set appear more outdoors. Now we can finally put this rumor to rest.