142 The Wizard of Oz

Was the Wizard of Oz Cursed?

The Wizard of Oz is the most watched movie in history, according to the Library of Congress. Many also consider it one of the most cursed productions in history. Is it? Listen and decide!

Questions Discussed in this Episode

What do we know about the author of the book? Was the book immediately popular? How did the book become a movie? What awards did it win? How did multiple actors catch on fire during the production? What happened to the original Tin Man actor? Is there a hanging man in the woods? Did the production ruin Judy Garland’s life? Was it cursed?

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Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers

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This Episode’s Sources

Was ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Cursed? Here’s Which Stories Are True | TIME

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The Wizard of Oz at 80: fascinating facts about the ‘cursed’ film classic | CBC Radio

Classic Author L. Frank Buam and the Wizard of Oz Curse – Fable Reading Guide for the Beloved Film and Book – Fable | Stories for everyone

(28) The Curses & Conspiracies of The Wizard of Oz | #RedRoomRevisits – YouTube

The Wizard of Oz – Wikipedia

Wizard Of Oz’s Secret Dead Munchkin Myth Explained

16 Fucked-Up Facts About “The Wizard Of Oz” That Prove It’d Never Get Made In 2021 : r/buzzfeedbot

Shocking Facts About “The Wizard Of Oz” Movie And Actors

That ‘Wizard of Oz’ Theory Isn’t True, But These Ones Are

‘The Wizard of Oz’: Dark Secrets Behind the Making of the Hollywood Classic

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Wizard of Oz: 7 Weird Myths & 8 Weirder Facts About the Original