Behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s most beloved family classics lie tales of drunkenness, debauchery, opium parties and midget sex orgies.
With the death on Tuesday of Karl Slover, aged 93, one of the last surviving actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 movie, another piece of Tinseltown legend has disappeared, taking with him many secrets of the outrageous behaviour of the film’s “little people”, as they liked to be called.
More galling to the Munchkins was the fact that Dorothy’s dog Toto earned $150 a week.
Despite the stories of debauchery, in recent years several of the few remaining Munchkin troupe have tried to paper over their alleged youthful indiscretions.
Earning the type of divisive emotional responses normally reserved for those on the far right or the far left of the political spectrum, writer Tucker Max celebrated his debauchery-driven lifestyle in the memoir I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.