A Short Diatribe on the Guy Who Was the Wizard of Oz

6 Dec

So, let me get this straight– Frank Morgan was never known for his singing, dancing or had much star power.

And yet he never had to spend hours in make-up and certainly not hideous green body paint.

He wasn’t almost burned to death in a special effects explosion.

He didn’t have to have his breasts painfully strapped down day after day.

He wasn’t forever typecast by his character so that in effect his career was over.

He was never the cause of countless children’s nightmares for more than half of a century.

He wasn’t forced into a situation by studios where waking and sleeping were controlled by addictive substances.

But he still got to play the title role and several other fun parts in one of the classic movies of all time?

That Frank Morgan must have been one hell of an actor.

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2 Responses to “A Short Diatribe on the Guy Who Was the Wizard of Oz”

  1. jane morris December 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM #

    He was. The Shop Around the Corner…is that the name of if, with Jimmy Stewart? Springs to mind. I’ll always watch a movie with Frank Morgan in it.

  2. Dan Frischman December 6, 2011 at 3:56 PM #

    He was indeed, however this from Wikipedia: “W. C. Fields was the original choice for the title role in The Wizard of Oz. One rumor was that he believed the role was too small. Another alleged that he was asking too much money: his asking price was $100,000, while MGM offered $75,000. However, his agent asserted that Fields rejected the role because he wanted to devote his time to writing You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man.”

    Not a bad film, to be sure, but he could’a been the freakin’ WIZARD OF OZ!!!

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