The Wiz

In the original Wizard of Oz, during the scene in the forest, you can see a body hanging from a tree in the background. This is real. He was an actor that hung himself after he didnt get the part of the Tinman. They cut it out of the later versions, but if you have a movie from before the golden age of film editing, you’ll see him.

26 thoughts on “The Wiz”

  1. SO not true – i have heard this “fact” so many times and it is NOT true at all. what is really in the background is a native bird that’s wondering around where ever they filmed this movie. (fyi, if u wanna watch the part of the movie it’s in, it’s where they get to the tinman. look past them when they are oiling him and when he’s dancing on the road. you can CLEARLY see that it is a bird walking around.)

  2. there is a guy – In the old origional Oz you can see a guy in the trees but I was told he was “one of the trees” waving its limbs around.

  3. not just “one of the trees” – did u write “one of the trees” like that becuz u don’t believe it? u watch it again. VERY CLOSELY. it’s a bird. it just looks like an ostrich or something. taken from http://www.imdb.com (which is a good site… reliable too):

    At the beginning of the “We’re off to see the wizard” sequence, there is a disturbance in the trees off to the right. This was rumored to be one of the crew hanging himself, but is in fact is a large bird stretching its wings.

    it’s a bird. . . deal w/ it.

  4. Wizard of Oz – The scene you people are talking about it right after the witch burn the scarecrow. Then the tinman, scarecrow, and The Girl (Cant Spell Name) start singing the brick road song just before they enter the next scene where the lion is well if you look closely you can tell it is NOT a person if someone would hang him/her self the would not bobble up and down that high and that many times. But if it isnt a person what is it? And why would the studio’s cut that part out of the Movie if it wasn’t actually true. so i guess the truth will never really be told on the matter. All i know is it doesn’t look like a person it could be “Tree’s” or “Big Bird’s” but highly unlikely a person, and that would be a dumbass reason to kill yourself anyways, and if your would kill yourself over not getting a part in a movie your have some serious problems and need some help.

  5. ya it is – This excerpt is true, except i heard that he hung himself because he asked his g/f to marry him and she said no! ne ways my sis has the original and u can tell its a man.

  6. Your so dumb – Ok i believed that at first. But on TV, they said that there was just a rope hanging down on a tree and one of the casting ppl was standing there. It was just his shadow. So It just LOOKED like he was hung.

  7. A BIRD????? – I indeed have a quesiton about this one, people say it is a bird, and i would believe it oo, but its hard to believe that on indoor sats there are native birds, and since this whole film was set on a stage, then…HOW WAS THERE A BIRD THERE?

  8. Coverup – Hey PanicButton… did you ever hear of a coverup? That’s what they do when they don’t want people to know the truth!

  9. False rumors – Actually, to give the indoor set used in this sequence a more “outdoors” feel, several birds of various sizes were borrowed from the Los Angeles Zoo and allowed to roam the set. So in fact the so called hanged munckin was just a bird, probably an emu or a crane. Get over it people, there was no cover up here, just rumors that got way out of hand.

  10. nonono 0_o – its not a guy at closer looks people have found that it was a bird noone knows why but thats what it is

  11. doubt it – dude if the guy hung himself dontcha think they would have ditched his body before filming

  12. True – thats true they should have disposed i think that the best way of disposing a body is cutting the person in to several pieces, head, arms, torso , shin, and thigh, then you chop those pieces into very small pieces, you feed this to the pigs, it is a good idea to own a farm or know someone, you shoud take out the teeth and nails for the pigs sake, a pig can go through 5 pounds of human flesh in about a minute, but you have to sort of starve the pigs first.

  13. you crazy guys – its all real, before ”real movies” there were a lot of screw ups like that wiz of oz thing..there were many situations where people would walk on the set, talk loudly the crew would yell and it was NOT cut from the movies, jaws was the one with the most screw ups and also old movies like the day off movie with matthew broderick. and the charlie chaplin flims, its all so old. and movies producers were so ill minded they would know if a whole set up display chashed in the backround lol at that. i mean all these old movies also have falws the original terminator (1984) has a scene where the same people walk on the set 15 times, and dumb and dumber the part where lloyd drops off mary at the airport the people in the backround walk to wards them 6 times until the scene ended and also the second terminator 1991-92. a lot of dummy bodies were visible and crew members are visible. in independance day 1997 will smith there is a Whole scene where there is a camera crew man standing with a belt water bottle and headphones and talking to another actor (maybe about the script) and then he runs aways (litterly) when he notices himself in the camera…ta ta thats all folks

  14. hmm.. – It would make sense to dispose of the body but if they can’t edit maybe they thought you couldn’t see it and were waiting for cops or something to claim the corpse. How the hell could a bird look like a hanging man anyway? Why would you have a damn emu in Munchkinland anyway?… I guess the world will never fraging know!

  15. :P – Seriously this all very funny, i have never seen the movie only the beginning part black and white part…Anywayz….i never actually thought someone could hang themselves while filming……it was probably a joke, or some kind of sick thing. I don’t know…i have to see the movie to believe it. And shinny3003, how do you know pigs can eat 5 lbs of human…..oh well that’s okay, pigs will eat anything, just don’t aggravate them, you pick them up and point theyre faces at the sky and say.”LOOK at the SKY! YOU can SEE it!” lol. Sorry guys, i couldn’t help shoot the stick. hehehe

  16. this is the truth – I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED…DURING THE SCENE WHEN THEY ARE WALKING ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD IT IS A PROB THAT ACCIDENTLY GOT LET GO IN THE BACKGROUND AND IT IS SWINGING BACK AND FORTH…THERE IS A DIFFERENT SCENE WHERE BIRDS ARE IN THE BACKGROUND…

  17. this is the truth – I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED…DURING THE SCENE WHEN THEY ARE WALKING ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD IT IS A PROP THAT ACCIDENTLY GOT LET GO IN THE BACKGROUND AND IT IS SWINGING BACK AND FORTH…THERE IS A DIFFERENT SCENE WHERE BIRDS ARE IN THE BACKGROUND…

  18. umm yeah – yeah that somerapids dude….yeah well thats my big brother and he knows EXACLY what hes talkin about….one of the teachers at our middle school is like a fanatic on children movies and she gets the scoop on everything…i havent had her as a teacher yet but he has so believe him!

  19. ugh duh – hey this is someone just using bart05 as a name…ugh..yeah that girl that knew everything about the movie thats my teacher dudes and dudets!

  20. hey suzy ur forgetting somthng – 2 things suzy, 1, this film was made in 1921, at which time there were only 17 zoos in the world. (not naming them all)
    and 2, this film wasnt even made in los angeleas, it was made in iowa. so are you saying the producer traveled 400 miles to borrow birds from a non existant zoo!!!

  21. Not true – Get Imesh. Downlaod the movie titled “Wizard of Oz hanging scene.” Then watch it full screen. I did this and I could clearly see that it was some sort of animal, probably a bird. It’s standing in front of a tree that’s shaped the same as it’s body is, so when it sits down, which it does if you look closely, it’s extremely hard to see. Seriously, my e-mail is gamingguy90@netscape.net. If you want this clip, give me your e-mail adress and I’ll send you the clip.

  22. The Wiz – On “Myths & Legends” on Tvland, they interviewed one of the little people, and he said that it was a bird. A crane, I think.

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