pandemo (pandemo) wrote,

25 Interesting Factoids (submitted to Carl Johnson after the film class)

1) The Wizard of Oz was a Broadway musical for 37 years before the MGM movie version. It has 293 performances and went on tour for 9 years.

2) The cost of a Broadway ticket in 1927 was $4.50; today tickets run as high as $90.00.

3) The longest Oscar acceptance speech was made by Greer Garson for 1942's Mrs. Miniver. It lasted one hour.

4) Confederate General Robert E. Lee didn't own any slaves -- he didn't believe in slavery.

5) In 1993, an anonymous telephone bidder paid $945,000 at a New York auction for the Academy Award won by Vivien Leigh in the movie Gone With the Wind.

6) One of the pairs of ruby slippers made for the Wizard of Oz movie sold for $1,150,000 at Christie's in New York City on May 24, 2000.

7) The Civil War produced over 400,000 morphine addicts.

8) During the Civil War, the Union Army used kites to drop leaflets behind Confederate lines.

9) Ulysses S. Grant was once fined $20 for speeding on his horse. (Well, he really wasn't in Gone With the Wind, but he was in that war .... close enough for horsing around comments....)

10) Charlie Chaplin once entered a "Charlie Chaplin Look-alike" contest while visiting Monte Carlo, and did not win -- he only placed third.

11) During the Middle Ages, you could be accused of witchcraft if your pets disobeyed you.

12) It took Leonardo da Vinci 4 years to paint the Mona Lisa, who has no eyebrows in the painting, and has three earlier versions, all completely different, under the final portrait, all painted by da Vinci, as revealed by X-rays.

13) Bela Lugosi was buried wearing his Dracula cape.

14) A two hour motion picture uses 10,800 feet of film, not including the previews and commercials...

15) The most kissing on screen was done by John Barrymore, who kissed Mary Astor and Estelle Taylor a total if 127 times in the 1926 movie Don Juan. (Hope nobody had halitosis!)

16) Lionel Barrymore died while reading MacBeth aloud.

17) In 1939, a Pacific Grove, CA, passed an ordinance making it a misdemeanor to molest a butterfly.

18) Madcap comedienne Lucille Ball was kicked out of drama school in New York City when she was 15 because she was too quiet and shy.

19) In high school, Robin Williams was reportedly voted "least likely to succeed."

20) Reportedly, Hitler's favorite movie was King Kong.

21) The bra worn by Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot was bought for $14,000 by an anonymous person.

22) Disney animators used Marilyn Monroe's body as the model for Tinkerbell.

23) Donald Duck comics were banned from libraries in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

24) Most tornadoes occur in May.

25) Tornadoes can last as long as 9 hours.

(Baker's dozen entry: The most popular sheet-music of all time was "Yes, We Have no Bananas".)

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