"The Wizard of Oz" originally had a surprise for movie lovers!*
Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion are on their way to the Witch's Castle when they are attacked by blue and white insects that she has sent . . . Jitter Bugs!
Anyone the little blighters bite immediately are stricken with doing the dance known as the jitterbug!
DOROTHY: Did you hear what I just heard?
LION: That noise don't come from no ordinary bird.
DOROTHY: It may be just a cricket
. . . Or a critter in the trees.
TIN MAN: It's giving me the jitters
. . . In the joints around the knees.
SCARECROW: I think I see a jijik
. . . And he's fuzzy and he's furry.
. . . I haven't got a brain
. . . But I think I ought to worry.
TIN MAN: I haven't got a heart
. . . But I've got a palpitation.
LION: As Monarch of the Forest
. . . I don't like the sitchy-ation.
DOROTHY (to Lion): Are you gonna stand around
. . . And let him fill us full of horror?
LION: I'd like to roar him down . . .
. . . But I think I've lost my roarer.
TIN MAN: It's a whozis.
SCARECROW: It's a whozis?
LION: It's a whatzis.
SCARECROW: It's a whatzis?
TIN MAN: Whozat?
DOROTHY (singing chorus):
Who's that hiding
In the tree top?
It's that rascal
The Jitter Bug.
Should you catch him
Buzzin' round you,
Just look out for
The Jitter Bug.
Oh, the bees in the breeze
And the bats in the trees
Have a terrible, horrible buzz
But the bees in the breeze
And the bats in there trees
Couldn't do what the Jitter Bug does.
So be careful
Of that rascal.
Keep away from
The Jitter Bug.+
+Copyright (C) 1938, renewed 1966 Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, Inc. Copyright (C) renewed 1967 Leo Feist, Inc. Rights throughout the world administered by Leo Feist, Inc.
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*by Aljean Harmetz, "The Making of 'The Wizard of Oz,'" Delta (Dell Publishing), New York, 1977, pages 83 - 85.