Hollywood’s Biggest Unanswered Question…
Since the dawn of movie-making, since the golden gates first opened at the dream factory there have been countless questions raised by many of the film industry’s biggest productions. Whether genuine questions or purely made up stories pumped out by the studios, these legendary stories and myths all remain unanswered.
In 1939 the biggest film studio of the time, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, went to work adapting the L. Frank Baum novel “The Wizard of Oz”. It starred one of Hollywood’s biggest names at the time, Judy Garland, and has since become a cult classic. The film’s production was plagued by many mishaps, and it seemed the film was cursed after Tin Man actor Buddy Ebsen suffered a reaction from the aluminium powder used to colour his skin. Wicked Witch actress Margaret Hamilton caught on fire during an elaborate stunt where she disappears below the ground. And poor dog actor Terry who played Toto was stamped upon several times during the shoot.
But it wasn’t until the first copy of the film was released on VHS that the biggest mystery and question surrounding this film arose. Many believe, to this day, that the film depicts the real life suicide of one of the actors who played a Munchkin. During a reprise of “We’re off to See the Wizard” where the main characters are skipping off down the yellow brick road through the dark forest, a small figure can be seen in the background apparently hanging themselves from one of the trees. To this day, no one knows for sure if this is true or not.
Another major Hollywood unanswered (but somewhat answered now) question is how the hell did a film studio allow three actors to be beheaded on-set during the filming of “The Twilight Zone Movie”??? During the filming of a scene at 2:30am on July 23rd 1982, actor Vic Morrow and two Vietnamese child actors were all beheaded after a stunt helicopter crashed into them, the rotor blades slicing through every actor and the entire action being caught on at least three different cameras. Why oh why did this happen? Director John Landis was taken to court, as well as the pilot of the helicopter, for manslaughter and for completely ignoring child labour laws that prevented the use of children in scenes after a certain hour and with so much pyrotechnics and stunts going on.
These first two examples were sort of Urban Legend unanswered questions, but there are many more that don’t have such a gruesome and spine tingling result. Such as, in “Titanic”, why doesn’t Rose move over and let Jack lie on the floating door with her? It’s been proven by Mythbusters that theres more than enough room?
In the scene where the main characters are hiding the body, what is Madeline Kahn doing behind Christopher Lloyd’s back in the Cluedo film “Clue”??
Who is that creepy ghost child hiding in the curtains in “Three Men and a Baby”, and why didn’t anyone see him?
The list is endless, but now finally we come to the main question that I pose to those people of Hollywood, the biggest unanswered question in the history of filmmaking…
What the hell was going on with Courtney Cox’s hair in “Scream 3”???