Deemed as the most viewed film in movie history, “The Wizard of Oz” is a Hollywood classic and really needs no introduction. The film is famous for its list of lovable characters and memorable musical numbers. But besides the positive reception and widespread acclaim of the film, “The Wizard of Oz” was also known for its nightmarish production. The production for the film went through a total of five directors (Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, George Cukor, Victor Fleming, King Vidor) and in the end, the film ended up with an excess amount of footage that was either scrapped or cut from the final movie.
One of these scenes features a fan favorite character: the wise and intelligent Scarecrow. Scarecrow, played by Ray Bolger, is a character that lacks a brain and joins Dorothy (Judy Garland) on her journey to ask the Wizard for a brain. In the final cut of the movie, Scarecrow performs a 1 minute long musical number of “If I Only Had A Brain,” but the original scene was actually about 3 minutes longer and had to be cut down for length.
In the deleted/extended version of “If I Only Had A Brain,” Scarecrow can be seen dancing and flying in the sky. Bolger, being a skilled dancer and performer, was given the 4 minute dance number choreographed by Busby Berkeley, a legend known for his intricate kaleidoscope choreography. The scene was rediscovered in the 1980s and is featured above. For comparison, take a look at the original scene below.