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The Munchkins of Oz Paperback – October 1, 1996
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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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book!! This book is a gift for my husband's upcoming birthday. His great uncle was one of the Munchkins (Billy Curtis) and I know he will happy to receive such an... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wendy C
A must have for every Oz oficianado. There were a lot of interesting background stories and I loved to add this to my Wizard of Oz collection!!Published on February 20, 2013 by Ruth E
I was very pleased with my book, it arrived super fast.It packed really good, for a used book it was as if new just a little shelf wear to the bottom,which can be exspected. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by bookman