Wonderfully Odd Wizard of Oz Facts

4. The Cowardly Lion was going to be an actual lion.

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MGM planned on using their studio lion, the one from the opening credits of all their movies, to play the part of the Cowardly Lion.  The plan was to let the lion act and use a voice over for the lines.  When Bert Lahr auditioned for the partite hey changed their minds.


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