Directing ‘The Wizard of Oz’ wasn’t easy at all. It took a long journey to be made after so many problems with producers, actors and directors. But everything was worth it because we can enjoy this amazing movie today. The movie changed the American culture, but it’s true that the producers needed help from different directors to create the final product.
Richard Thorpe directed the film for only two weeks. He was the first director and he was fired because the producer Mervyn LeRoy wasn’t happy with the results. According to him, the film didn’t look like they were expecting. It wasn’t magic and cute like the books. Also, Judy Garland was wearing a blond wig and so much makeup that she didn’t look like an innocent girl from Kansas. He was fired but many years later he was recognised for his job, because he contributed to make ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ a film. He started the journey, that’s why he is important in the history of the movie.
The producers had to look for another director and George Cukor was perfect for it, but he was only available for a few weeks before he had to shoot ‘Gone With The Wind’. He didn’t have enough time to shoot anything, but he made some changes in the production that were important for the final result. He changed Judy Garland’s makeup and also the Scarecrow customs. Also, he suggested a new hairstyle for Margaret Hamilton, playing the Wicked Witch, and that Jack Haley was the best actor to play the Tin Man.
Once George Cukor leaves, the producers need to look for another director, again. Mervyn LeRoy chooses Victor Fleming, who is really excited to take over. He was happy to direct ‘The Wizard of Oz’ because he wanted to make happy his two daughters. It was the first movie for kids that he directed, but he was so excited to make his little girls enjoy it that he did a great job. Everything was going good, so far, but a few weeks before finishing, he received a phone call from the producers of ‘Gone With The Wind’. They needed him so badly, so he had to go.
Again, the movie didn’t have any director and the producers were struggling to find somebody else, only a few weeks left before finishing. The director King Vidor was happy to work for only two and a half weeks. During this time, he directed most of the scenes in Kansas, including ‘Over The Rainbow’.
Directing ‘The Wizard of Oz’ wasn’t easy at all. Four directors were needed, with longs of changes and opinions, but the producers fought to make it possible. The final product is a great film, with lots of details and ideas from lots of people that make it unique. Victor Fleming has the credits, but lot of people were involved that we can’t forget about them.