July 17th, 2015 09:42 EST
'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' Was Almost Cut From 'The Wizard of Oz'
"Seventy-six years ago on July 18, producers were keen on cutting Somewhere Over the Rainbow from 1939`s The Wizard of Oz.
They felt the two-hour film was just too long and cutting the song would put it just under their desired 100-minute length. Associate producer Arthur Freed is credited with championing the song`s necessity.
Not only did the song arguably become the most memorable performance of Judy Garland`s career, it also contributed to the evolution of the rainbow flag as a gay icon.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Garland acted as an unofficial mascot for a generation of gay men, who flocked to Garland`s many performances, referring to themselves as `friends of Dorothy.`"
Would The Wizard of Oz have become such an iconic movie without Judy Garland`s fabulous rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow?
Who knows, but there`s no disputing that the classic Academy Award-winning ballad became Garland`s signature song, and it boosted her career over the stratosphere.
It`s also debatable if the beloved pop song contributed to the evolution of the rainbow flag as a gay icon.
But thank goodness that wiser heads prevailed seventy-six years ago, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow wasn`t cut from The Wizard of Oz.