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Under the Rainbow (1981) Poster

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When Carrie Fisher was a guest on the The Tonight Show (1962), she admitted that this was one of the worst movies she ever starred in.
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Jerry Maren, who plays the pitcher in the kitchen baseball scene, was actually an actor in the original The Wizard of Oz (1939) movie, where he uncredited played a Lollipop Guild Member Munchkin. Maren later said he regretted making Under the Rainbow (1981) because it was in such poor taste and nothing remotely like what ever happened while filming The Wizard of Oz (1939).
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The picture was a financial disaster at the box office and Chevy Chase described the film as "one of the worst movies ever made".
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In-joke: The elevator operator at the Culver Hotel is named Otis.
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Debut credited cinema movie role of actress Zelda Rubinstein.
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The name that "The Culver Hotel" underwent a name-change to was "The Hotel Rainbow".
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The acronym "JAPS" stood for the Japanese Amateur Photography Society.
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The movie featured a screen-writing team of five scriptwriters two of whom wrote the story for the film.
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The year that the movie is set is 1938 which is the year before The Wizard of Oz (1939) first debuted in cinemas.
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The film was made and released about forty-two years after The Wizard of Oz (1939).
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Cast and crew who worked on both The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Under the Rainbow (1981) included actor Jerry Maren, make-up artist Fred B. Phillips, and actress Ruth Duccini, who for the latter, both of the two films were her only ever screen credits in cinema movies.
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The film was nominated for two Razzies - Worst Musical Score and Worst Supporting Actor (Billy Barty) at the 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards in 1982, but the movie failed to take home a gong in either category.
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The high majority of the cast in non-leading roles played characters who were billed each as a Hotel Rainbow Guest. There were no less than 106 actors and actresses in the movie who were billed as Hotel Rainbow Guests.
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The number of height-challenged persons publicized as appearing in the movie was one hundred and fifty.
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Some movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "Somewhere, Under The Rainbow, way down low - Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher and 150 midgets are fighting valiantly to save our country against all Oz!".
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The film's "Under the Rainbow" title is derived from the famous song sung by Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz (1939) of which this movie is a partial comical fictional making-of film about. The tune is often known as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and had its music composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics written by E.Y. Harburg.
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The number of Japanese photographers wearing white suits was twenty-five.
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The movie was shot at the same hotel, at the Culver Hotel, that had been used for the filming of The Wizard of Oz (1939) although the hotel was no longer operational when the picture was being made.
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Final cinema movie of makeup creator Fred B. Phillips who had worked as an uncredited makeup artist on the original The Wizard of Oz (1939).
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Debut cinema movie of brother actors Sal Fondacaro and Phil Fondacaro who both portrayed Hotel Rainbow Guests.
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According to the 'Mutant Reviewers' website, "part of the inspiration for Under the Rainbow (1981) comes from rumors that the little people did party hard and tear apart the hotel they stayed at during filming of The Wizard of Oz (1939). Those rumors do not seem to be true, but were used as basis of this film".
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