Learning from Movies: Under the Rainbow

Posted on May 16, 2011


Two of the stars, Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher, called it the worst movie ever made. Jerry Marren, who was in The Wizard of Oz, said he regretted making this movie because it was in such poor taste and nothing like it happened during filming of the original movie.

  • There’s no dream too big
  • Or too small
  • You can’t be too careful when meeting someone for the first time
  • Clark Gable* was a funny guy
  • There’s a lot of stories about the filming of The Wizard of Oz, but this isn’t any of the true ones.

*If you’re not a movie fan, you may not have heard this story. In 1939, Clark Gable married his third wife, Carole Lombard. Friends remarked that it was the happiest time in his life. He became noticeably more sociable. Then, in 1942, Ms Lombard died in a plane crash. Mr. Gable was devastated. She had urged him to enlist as part of the war effort, and after her death, he honored her wish. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He graduated from Officer Candidate School, and flew five combat missions with the 351st Bomb Group as an observer/gunner. He earned an Air Medal and a Distinguished Flying Cross. When shrapnel narrowly missed him during one mission, MGM hectored the War Department to get him a noncombat assignment. Gable made war films after that, got promoted to major, and tried to get another combat assignment until D-Day, after which he left the service. A friend introduced him to a beautiful young actress; who didn’t even realize who he was. She was Lauren Bacall, and already in love with Humphrey Bogart. Just goes to show: Even if you’re the most handsome man in the world and a veteran with a chest full of medals, and so romantic that grief over your wife’s death drives you into a war, you still don’t get lucky all the time.

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