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March 02, 2009

Run, Munchkins, Run--Scarecrow's Got His Gun!


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2 March 2009

Students,

You asked for it, you got it.

Back by popular demand is the hyperlink to Thom Holbrook's hilarious commentary on Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz and his observation that the Scarecrow was packing heat!

After reading the article, I do challenge you all to re-watch the scene on YouTube and let me know if . . .

. . . in fact, this really happened. I see it, do you? After reading it in its entirety, please feel free to come back here and leave your comments. I think many papers could be written on this scene.

Without further ado, an excerpt from the words of Thom Holbrook:

There are many unexplainable things in this world of ours, unanswerable questions. Where do those mysterious crop circles come from? Who built Stone Henge? What's the deal with Doug Henning?

But there is one question that has slipped under the radar of most observers. A question regarding an oddity about a movie classic that millions have seen over and over and yet have not looked at closely enough. The movie in question is The Wizard Of Oz and the question is why does the Scarecrow have a gun?

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Huh? What are you talking about? The Scarecrow didn't have a gun?" Oh contraire. Check out the scene immediately after Dorothy and company leave the wizard to go after the witch. They are heading into the scary forest and in a number of shots Scarecrow is clearly carrying a gun - a rod, a pistol, a heater, death in a tube, a rapid bullet delivery system.

I think people haven't noticed this because, for one thing, there is so much else going on. The other reason I think is because for the longest time we have been . . .

Read the rest of Holbrook's post HERE

To see MUCH more detailed discussion on Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz, please click HERE.

See you in class,

Dr. Hobbs

Posted by lhobbs at March 2, 2009 03:08 PM

Readers' Comments:

Dr. Hobbs,

I have a copy of the film. It is there. This was not trickery. It's ridiculous.

Wes

Posted by: Wesley J at March 2, 2009 08:28 PM

This was an interesting article and it made me think about our society. What kind of place do we live in where people put guns in a childrens movie? And what kind of place do we live in where we don't even notice it's there? I think Holbrook discusses this a little bit. He questions the world of Oz because it is suppsoed to be serene and peaceful but that brings up the question of where the gun came from. Certainly the munchkins didn't create. Perhaps Dorothy brought it with her. I know this is nothing new because Holbrook says all this but that is what keeps running through my mind. Maybe it was put into that one scene just to test the American people to see had jaded we are. Or it could have been a social critique on the use of guns at that time. What an excellent New Historical topic!

Posted by: Sarah T. at March 5, 2009 07:29 PM

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