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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000455.txt from 1999/01

From: "Scott Morrow" <scottdmorrow@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: Wizard of Oz
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 16:17:49 -0500

>Tim Roberts wrote:
>
>>This piece, along with a fabulous dance sequence, was actually filmed
for
>the
>>movie, but cut in the final editing because (1) the movie was too
long,
>and (2)
>>the number did little to advance the plot. Prints of the scene
survive,
>and
>>are included in many of the "restored editions" of the movie now
>available on
>>video tape.
>
>Is this scene in the version that has been showing in theaters lately?
>
> --Doug

The "Jitterbug" scene that was released on the 50th anniversary edition
was not a "final, professionally" filmed sequence: it was "home movie"
footage shot during a rehearsal, and synchronized as well as possible to
a recording of the song that the studio had recorded with the actors. I
doubt this sequence would have been inserted in the "restored" theatre
version (I haven't seen it) because a) it is in black&white and b) it
was filmed from "backstage", revealing crew members working trees, etc.!

The part that was actually filmed for the movie, then cut, was a longer
dance sequence for the scarecrow ("If I Only Had A Brain" - my theme
song!). This is also included on the 50th aniversary videotape release.

-Scott

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