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No one can resist an urban legend - that bizarre event a friend swears happened to her second cousin or the urgent message that warns you to beware of oddly titled e-mails.

Given our fascination with the silver screen, it's only natural that films should inspire urban legends of their own. If you're not familiar with the concept, visit About.com to read What Exactly is an Urban Legend?

Have you noticed a strange movement in the forest where Dorothy meets the Tin Woodsman in the Wizard of Oz? A lovelorn Munchkin hung himself from a tree over the rejection of a fellow Munchkin, or so the legend goes. In fact, it's a bird, borrowed from the Los Angeles Zoo to give the scene a more outdoor feel. Read about the legend, how it arose and the truth behind it on the Urban Legends Reference Page. You'll find details on other movie legends categorized by film, actor and miscellany.

Here's a quick roundup of popular legends in film:

  • Are there mysterious messages and lurid images hidden in family-friendly Disney films? Get to the bottom of the mystery at a special section devoted to Disney movies.




  • Viewers of Three Men and a Baby have glimpsed what looks like the figure of a small boy (supposedly killed in the house where the scene was filmed). Is it a ghost or a life-sized cutout of Ted Danson, placed in the window by a crew member as a joke? Follow the debate at The AFU and Urban Legends Archive. You can also investigate the truth about Sylvester Stallone's pornographic film, the origin of HAL, the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey and much more.

  • At About.com, you'll find more movie and theatrical urban legends. Apochrypha Now! has details about some of the most famous myths, with lots of links for more information.

After you've investigated urban legends about movies, check out a couple of movies about urban legends. Urban Legends and Urban Legends: The Final Cut are about a killer who makes famous legends into reality.




   --- J. Walker

 
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