Show Business: Archaeology by Laser Light

Long-lost editions of classic movies turn up on discs

Remember Buddy Ebsen as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz? Of course not. And Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow? Of course. But the Scarecrow dancing crazily off fences, being bowled over by a pumpkin and sailing high in the air over the cornfield? Well . . .

In fact, Bolger did perform just such a dance number. And, yes, there was an appearance by Ebsen as the Tin Man. But few have seen these scenes for decades, except for a couple of archivists at MGM and some film fanatics. Now they are finally available for home viewing -- but...

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