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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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Some 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 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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The film is set in 1938 during filming of The Wizard of Oz (1939), which was released the next year.
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The movie was shot at the same hotel, the Culver, that had been used for the filming of The Wizard of Oz (1939) although was no longer operational when this film was being shot there.
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Jerry Maren, who plays the pitcher in the kitchen baseball scene, was actually an actor in The Wizard of Oz (1939), in which he played (uncredited) a Lollipop Guild Member Munchkin. Maren later said he regretted making this film because it was in such poor taste and nothing remotely like what happened while filming "The Wizard of Oz".
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There are 106 characters billed as "Hotel Rainbow Guests".
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Film debut of Zelda Rubinstein.
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According to the 'Mutant Reviewers' website, "part of the inspiration for 'Under the Rainbow' 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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In-joke: The elevator operator at the Culver Hotel is named Otis.
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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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In the film the acronym "JAPS" stands for "Japanese Amateur Photography Society". In real life "Japs" was a derogatory word used to refer to Japanese people before and during World War II.
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Actor Jerry Maren, make-up artist Fred B. Phillips and actress Ruth Duccini worked on both this film and The Wizard of Oz (1939). For Miss Duccini these were the only two film credits she ever had.
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There are 150 "little people" in the film.
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There are 25 Japanese photographers wearing white suits.
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Final film of makeup creator Fred B. Phillips who had worked as an uncredited makeup artist on The Wizard of Oz (1939).
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Film debut of Sal Fondacaro.
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The film's title is derived from the Harold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg song "Over the Rainbow", sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Film debut of Phil Fondacaro.
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