Film Adaptation Of L. Frank Baum 's The Wizard Of Oz Essay

1115 Words Mar 9th, 2016 5 Pages
The film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz was one of the most important movies of its time, capturing the eyes of the young and old with bright color and lively songs. But behind the bright green lights of Oz, were real people put in real danger. Between an unsafe set, dangerous makeup, and generally unpleasant and unenjoyable conditions, filming The Wizard of Oz was anything but magical bubbles and sparkling ruby slippers for the Hollywood stars of Oz.
On the set of The Wizard of Oz there were multiple accidents and injuries as the result of set malfunctions and issues with props. During the scene where Dorothy and her three companions had a spell cast upon them by the Wicked Witch of the West, they lay in a field of poppies while snow falls on them. This type of fake snow was often used around 1930-1950. Little did these cast members know, that this “snow,” made of chrysotile asbestos fibers, is the cause of a type of cancer known as mesothelioma. Asbestos is now banned in over 50 countries, although not the United States. Another instance of malfunctions on the set, was an incident with the actors of the flying monkey henchmen of the Wicked Witch of the West. To give the flying monkeys the illusion of flight, the actors were suspended in the air by piano wire. While filming the haunted forest scene, the wires snapped. The actors fell to the ground, although luckily the soundstage wasn’t too far down. However many were severely injured in their fall. One…

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