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Movie Urban Legends

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'The Wizard of Oz' (1939)

Legend: Many believe the “Wizard of Oz” cameras caught the on-set suicide of a dwarf actor, portraying a Lollipop Guild Munchkin, who killed himself when his affections for another Munchkin actor were not returned.

True or False?: This urban legend is FALSE.

Towards the end of the “We’re Off to See the Wizard” song sequence, a swinging figure can be seen in the trees towards the right side of the screen. The invention of “pause” and “rewind” led hardcore fans to speculate about the swinging object, bringing to life the rumor of the distraught Munchkin. It has since been proven that the object in the background was in fact a large bird stretching its wings. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Warner Bros.)

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