Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Gala!

This Fun Blog Party
is being hosted by
my dear friends at ...

Like so many of you, I'm in love with
The Wizard of Oz, too ... ~sighs~

I thought it would be fun to share
some of my favorite photos, movie lines,
and fun-facts-to-know ...
Won't you join me, please?

I was always facinated by the Wicked Witch
and her sky-writing skills ...
were you?

Originally the image above was going to read:
"Surrender Dorothy or die WWW"
It was later edited to the two words
"Surrender Dorothy"

How it was done:
In Aljean Harmetz's book,
The Making of the Wizard of Oz,
Jack McMaster was the man who created
and performed this final scene.
Below he describes the procedure:
"I had a glass tank six foot square" ...
"The bottom of the tank was glass. The sides
were wood. The tank was only three inches
deep; and the bottom was covered with an
inch and a half of water mixed with calla oil.
That was supposed to be the sky. The
camera was beneath the tank, shooting up.
The water and oil mixture was opaque,
so it hid me. The miniature Witch who did
the skywriting was three eighths of an inch
high, and the broom she was riding was a
hypodermic needle. I filled the hypodermic
needle with a combination of canned milk
and nigrosine dye. I wrote
SURRENDER DOROTHY OR DIE
upside down and backward in the fluid in
the tank, using the needle in place of a pen.
I practiced for two months before I did it.
My hand wasn't in the tank, but the Witch
and the broom needle were. The skywriting
seemed to come out of the tail of the
Witch's broom. To give the writing the
appearance of smoke that was drifting, I
had a fifty-gallon drum of water feeding into
the tank. I had tinted the water the same
milky color as the liquid in the glass tank.
The water current was a stream--
like an air stream--blowing the letters apart."

I think this woman holding the cat is beautiful ...
and I've always loved her rosey-red cheeks!
Her name is Lois January.

She actually apears a couple times in the
movie.
She's also one of the ladies helping
freshening up Dorothy. Lois is on the far
right, and that's her below,
many years after OZ was filmed.

Of course,
I love Dorothy's Ruby Slippers ...

Many Birthday candles were blown out
with wishes of owning those Ruby Slippers!
So far, the closest I've come has been to
see them at Smithsonian's National
Museum of American History.

At least four pairs of ruby slippers walked
off the set of The Wizard of Oz. Decked
out in sequins and crystals, the "slippers"
were really pumps, and they almost
weren't ruby at all. L. Frank Baum's book
specified silver. By the time the movie
was produced, 70 years ago in 1939,
the studio had picked red to
show off its new Technicolor ability.

The Ruby Slippers Blue Print states that
on the Bow of each Slipper there are
46 Red Rhinestones, 42 Red Bugle Beads,
and 3 Red Jewels.
I colorized this Blue
Print copy, and I encourage you to click
on the image to enlarge it so that you
can truly appreciate all of the work
that went into creating them!

Did you know that Toto's
real-life name was Terry?
She made $125 a week, and
barked 44 times in the movie!

"Ohhhhh! You cursed brat!
Look what you've done!
I'm melting! Melting!
Oh, what a world! What a world!
Who would have thought
a good little girl like you could
destroy my beautiful wickedness?
"

I must confess that a few of those
Birthday wishes of mine were
spent on hopes of also owning the
complete outfit that Glinda
the Good Witch wore ...
it's just so enchanting!

There's no place like home.
There's no place like home.
There's no place like home...

~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~

I'd like to say a very special
Thank You to our hosts ...

and to the wonderful creator of
The Wizard of Oz ...
Lyman Frank Baum

Thank you for stopping by to visit
and share in some of my favorite
things from this awesome movie!

Hmmm...
You just never know where
those flying monkeys will pop up!

Until another time ... Pearl

Please visit Twyla and Lindsey for
a list of those participating in
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Gala.

Much of my information was collected from
Wendy's Complete Directory of Oz,
and many Google searches.

Please see Part 2 of this post here

20 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

Great stuff! I loved the Wizard of Oz as a child and even played Dorothy in our high school play! I listened to an album over and over so I could imitate Judy Garland's voice and intonation!

Holly said...

Ha-ha-ha! Now I'm not afraid of those flying monkey anymore! ☺

Amazing how they did that sky writing! The creativity that our Father puts in us is amazing!

I actually was thinking about Lois January this morning- her and her pretty cat!

So cute what you did with the girls' names! ☺

Thanks, Pearl! ♥

Tammy said...

LoL at those precious pups...ah...I mean monkeys...LOL...LOL!!

Happy Oz Gala Day!

Loved your post!♥

parasols and maryjanes said...

Those are hilarious monkey-pups!!
Carol

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an amazing post! I'm going to go read it again! I have learned some things I didn't know! THANKS!

Happy Gala!

Visit me!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Paula, your post was totally enchanting! I learned things that I didn't know about Oz. I think I need to get that book! I loved how you created our name! You are so clever! It made my day that you felt well enough to join in the fun celebrating with us today! Thank you! Twyla

Jorgelina said...

Happy wizard of oz Gala!!!
Very fun!
Loved your post!
Magical hugs.

Colleen said...

Oh how I enjoyed your post, loved the background information. And your dogs are adorable. Take a look at my quilts!

Colleen said...

The Surrende Dorothy quote is in my quilt Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the fouth series of fabrics from Quilting Treasures!

D said...

I loved your post. Very interesting trivia facts that I'd never heard before. Thanks! D

SparkleFarkle said...

I am SO enjoying Twyla and Lindsey's OZzy Gala! How 'bout you? (Definitely the blog-social event of the year!) Your W of Oz entry is delightful! And I agree with you: apple-cheeked Lois January (Cool name!) is a peach!

P.S. I cordially invite you for another Oz looksee at Sparkle's Soup of the Day-- Thanks!

Tiffany said...

Oh this was lovely! I love the Wizzard of OZ! I really enjoyed all the information here about the ruby slippers. I didn't know you could find that kind of detailed information. I knew there for four or so sets used in the movie, but, not the design and all. WOW!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hello Pearl :)
That was GREAT!!! and I'm with Holly...not afraid of the monkeys :)
Glad to see you made the Gala:)
Warmly,
Deb :)

Sassypants said...

I LOVED your blog! That is interesting about the one woman being in a couple parts. I just mentioned on another blog that the man who was Prof. Marvel was also four other parts: the gate keeper of Oz, the carriage driver, the guard that cries, and the actual wizard of oz!!! I guess they really liked him :)

My grandma even knew one of the munckins - he worked at a local restaurant!

Bearly Sane said...

Wonderful! Wonderful! There's more to this blog than I expected ... my favourite Aunt is called Pearl and my Grandmother's favourite flower was Lily of the Valley. I have added you to my blog list.
Thank you for a great blog ... have a great Wiz of Oz Gala!
Hugs,
Sandi Fantasy & Fancy

daylily777 said...

What a delightful WOZ tribute, I loved it . The ferrets were cute in thier costumes & so were the pups dressed as flying monkeys . Come by & visit my party .8-)
~Myrna

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I love your post Pearl! Hpw awesome! I love our names in a WOZ font! How cute! And that photo of the doggies as monkeys so cute I can hardly stand it! I love it!
Thanbk you so much Pearl!

Lindsey

marble rose said...

This was just absolutely gripping, fascinating stuff. Who could imagine all the work it took for that tiny witch scene? Amazing! Everything is CGI these days - film making was truly an art form back then.

Thank You Pearl! (my grandma's name was Pearl, and I named my daughter with it too "lily pearl" - such a special name)

Fleur
xx

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Enjoyed both posts! I always liked the rosey cheeked lady too!
Love that WOO font/graphics. Way cool.

Neat cigar labels!

Lori said...

Hi Pearl
Wonderful and informative post! The Dorthy look alike is beautiful! Sorry I haven't been around or written, life has had a hold on me! Please take care,Lori