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The Munchkins of Oz Paperback – October 1, 1996

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Popular showbiz historian Cox departs from his usual fare of hokey TV shows like The Munsters and I Dream of Jeannie to revise and retitle his 1989 book about the midgets who impersonated the Munchkins in the 1939 Hollywood classic The Wizard of Oz. Cox tells where they came from (many were European immigrants, and the core of their ranks were professional performers from the troupe Singer's Midgets), how they fared during filming (Toto got paid more per week than any of them), what they did off the set (nothing like the carousing Judy Garland told Jack Paar about 20 years later), and what thereafter became of those among them who stayed in show business. Sidebars on the major regular-sized Wizard participants and other pertinent topics fill out the text, and a huge helping of riveting photos ensures that this item will be heavily browsed for years to come. Ray Olson

About the Author

STEPHEN COX is an entertainment historian and journalist. With a focus on television and movie history, he has contributed to several books about the high priests of low comedy, The Three Stooges, and is the author of several books, including The Abbott and Costello Story, The Addams Chronicles, and Cooking in Oz (with Elaine Willingham). He lives in Burbank, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing; First Edition edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888952040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888952049
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is probably the most interesting Oz book in my collection. Finally someone reveals who these little people are, and in such an entertaining manner. I couldn't put this book down. I've read so many books about Prod. 1060, aka "The Wizard of Oz" (MGM) which are dry and stale. This book puts the whole experience into perspective and provides a human side to the Munchkin actors. I'm glad to hear some of them survive. The photographs in here are glorious. The color photography jumps out at you. Bravo to Steven Cox for doing such a handsome job and such a respectful job with "The Munchkins of Oz." If you want a book on Oz that is unique--this is the one.
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"The Munchkins of Oz" is a fascinating book, the first of many Oz installments to shed light upon the unsung inhabitants of Munchkinland and their contributions to one of the greatest movies ever to cyclone out of Hollywood.
Steve Cox shows a candid reverence for his topic, having befriended many of the little people who guided Dorothy on her way to the Emerald City. Most importantly, Cox gives real-life, human stature to a unique group of entertainers who were regarded as little more than film extras for decades, and he tells their story with emotion, humor and refreshing frankness, which makes for a very easy read. Through his extensive research, Cox finally puts the "Under the Rainbow" rumors in their proper perspective, demonstrating that the Singer Midgets were hardworking, professional actors (before and after Oz) who, as a result of Tinseltown's gossipy lore, bore the brunt of an escalating bad reputation over the years.
Lots of great anecdotes and interesting bits about the movie itself, and the all-star cast as well. Also abundant are current-day updates on the lives of the miniature performers, who are finally enjoying a long-overdue nod from an industry which too often overlooks its stars of yesteryear.
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I first read this book when the first edition came out, and was really impressed with the depth in which the author went to gather the information for this book -- hours spent locating and contacting the surviving Munchkins, all the interviews that took place, etc. This is NOT one of my favorite movies, by any means, but I always liked the first seen in Oz, where Dorothy meets the Munchkins, and this book really showed you who these people were and how they managed to get into the movie. Alot of great pictures help make the book really stand out. With each reissue (this is the third edition of the book), the author is able to provide a little bit more information on the Munchkin actors and actresses, and provides additional pictures to keep the experience of the book fresh. I would highly recommend not just this edition, but the two previous editions if you are able to find them. A great read!
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I loved this book so much that this is the 3rd edition that I've bought. I bought the first edition back in 1989 and the revised edition many years later. When this one came out, I knew I had to have it too. With each revised edition, Stephen Cox really outdoes himself. I've found that any revised edition of this author's books are always even better than the original, as he adds more info and photographs!

This book is a must-have for all Oz-fans, young and old. It's filled with rare photographs, little-known trivia and fascinating tid-bits. There is also a section about bloopers (find out about a scene where Judy Garland can clearly be seen wearing brown bedroom slippers instead of the Ruby Slippers!) and "urban legends" (no, the Munchkins did not get drunk & disorderly every night as portrayed in the Chevy Chase/Carrie Fisher movie "Under the Rainbow"!! Nor did a Munchkin commit suicide on set during filming; F.Y.I.: it's a large, exotic bird moving its head & wings that people think is the hanging Munchkin).

Reading this book will increase your Oz-IQ several points! What are you waiting for? Buy this book now!
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We would certainly highly recommend this book! Meeting several little people throughout our years, our family found this book to be a Top 10 book! It is full of stories of the Munchkins, and what it was really like to be a part of OZ. We found out things we never knew, even after hearing so many personal stories of those who shared their experiences with us personally. We believe Meinhardt Raabe is the last of the Munchkins still alive, and would also highly recommend his book, Memories of a Munchkin: An Illustrated Walk Down the Yellow Brick Road.
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