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Discussion in 'General' started by rickfoxjr, Feb 28, 2009.
How many of you guys remember hearing about this as a kid? Everyone thought it was an urban myth and one day me and my boy watched it over and over till wecaught it.The Wizard of Oz Suicide Legend
The Wizard of Oz is one of the most well known movie classics of all time. Almost everyone has seen it, so of course there are bound to be rumors. One, inparticular, is the hanging theory -- the urban legend that either a midget or stagehand hanged themselves on film. The question is, what really happened? Whilemost agree that it is in fact false, some still argue that the hanging was real.
The suicide scene allegedly takes place when Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man head down the yellow brick road, on their way to Emerald City (afterthe Wicked Witch leaves.) Deep in the background, a dark figure can be seen.
Some say that a distraught munchkin hanged himself. The story says that he was upset because the female munchkin that he loved didn't feel the same wayfor him. He then decided to kill himself right on set. Others say that it was a clumsy stagehand who accidentally fell out of a prop tree onto the set, gettingcaught in a cable of some sort, and was strangled to death.
Legend has it that the figure in the forest clearly takes a wooden block, stands on it, hangs himself, and then kicks the block out from underneath. On theother hand, critics argue that it was an exotic bird which was placed on set to give the movie a natural and realistic atmosphere. The moving figure was simplya bird, most likely a crane, flapping its wings and pecking at the ground.
The rumor started after the movie came out on VHS tape, which enabled people to replay the scene over and over. On the small screen, things appear muchdifferently. With the picture being so small, the image wasn't clear and this lead people to start the rumors. Supposedly, on the big screen it isundeniably a bird.
If it really was a suicide, why would they keep it on the final movie? Why not just redo the scene? Some conclude that it was "too expensive" andthey were short on money. And why wouldn't someone notice what had happened? After all, the three actors didn't react to it or even seem to notice whathappened.
Whether you believe it or not, it's up to you. We'll probably never know what really happened on set. But, there's no denying it, the movingfigure in the trees resembles a man hanging himself.
BUT, there were midget orgies during production.
oh that is def a bird...it spreads its wings toward the end...you can see it clearly
and the verdict is....?
Its a bird
Its a damn bird, I think theres you can see it clearer in the scene at another part too I'm pretty sure...haven't seen it in years but I remembercatching it then I heard about the 'myth'.
why does he have a gun?
jmsole210 i hate you for putting up this pic, i dont know if its lack of sleep or whatbut i cant stop laughing at work right now
i dont even know what the hell im looking at I just see a white thingswinging..How the hell do you swing left and right if you're hangin yourself?
Bridget was there ?!?
Very interesting, indeed....
It's a bird of course
that was a bird
Thats a damn bird...
Looks like a bird to me...
it was a bird. also, woudnt a suicide have stopped production of the movie?
Someone needs to post the OG then.
its a peacock as seen earlier in the movie