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I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s bit of trivia about one of the movies we’re showing:



Anne Francis (right) and Robbie the Robot (Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Anne Francis (right) and Robbie the Robot
(Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Despite Forbidden Planets groundbreaking special effects, for at least half the audience the film’s most unforgettable visual effect was Anne Francis as Altaira, the daughter of Walter Pidgeon’s Dr. Morbius. Look closely at the scenes that take place in Altaira’s lush, colorful garden; for those shots, MGM re-used elements of Munchkinland from The Wizard of Oz, filmed on the same stage 17 years earlier.

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