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- Judy Garland's portrayal of Dorothy was the main inspiration for the character of Mary Ann on [Gilligan's Island].
- Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Coroner of Munchkinland, was, at one time, the shortest licensed pilot in the U.S. During WWII, he volunteered for military service and was turned down. He was accepted as a volunteer instructor in the Civil Air Patrol.
- The steam shooting from the Tin Man's cap startles Toto, who runs out of the shot.
- MGM paid $75,000 for the film rights to L. Frank Baum's book, a towering sum at the time.
- [?] Rick Polito of the [Marin Independent Journal] printed in Northern California is locally famous for his droll, single-sentence summations of television programs and movies which the newspaper reports will be broadcast. For the Wizard of Oz, he wrote, "Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again."
- A small sign to the left of the door of Professor Marvel's wagon lists "Exhibition Balloonist" as one of his talents.
- The movie's line "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!" was voted as the #99 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" was #4. "There's no place like home." was #23.
- The much quoted line "Fly my pretties, fly" doesn't actually appear in the movie. The Wicked Witch of the West actually says, "Fly, Fly, Fly."
- Bert Lahr's costume weighed 90 pounds.
- The House of Winston made a pair of real ruby slippers to celebrate the film's 50th anniversary in 1989. These are valued at $3 million.