It Almost Didn't Happen

Apr 4, 2013

Publicity still of Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Louis B. Mayer released by MGM
Publicity still of Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Louis B. Mayer released by MGM
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After the first preview of The Wizard of Oz, studio boss Louis B. Mayer thought one of the songs was so slow that it stopped the film’s movement cold and wanted to cut it.  But associate producer Arthur Freed took up the songwriters’ cause and eventually prevailed. 

Aren’t you glad he did?  The song was Somewhere Over the Rainbow.