Question: Are some of the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz played by children dressed like adults? Some of the faces look too young to be adult "little people."


Answer: Although the vast majority of the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz (1939) were played by adult midgets – some 120 of them, most recruited by a vaudeville impresario named Leo Singer – there were about a dozen children used as Munchkin fill-ins for crowd shots. None of them was a featured player: Any Munchkins who sang, danced or spoke lines were grown little people, many of them European immigrants like Singer and already experienced performers. For anyone interested in reading more about the real people who played the Munchkins, I highly recommend Stephen Cox's book The Munchkins of Oz (1989); Cox spoke to as many of the surviving Munchkins as he could track down, and the glimpses of their lives are really fascinating.