30 of the most dangerous movie stunts

Some survived these perilous stunts, while others didn’t make it alive

Melting the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)

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In dire need of work during the Great Depression, actress Margaret Hamilton signed on to play the Wicked Witch of the West in Victor Fleming’s The Wizard of Oz. Unfortunately, she suffered third-degree burns while filming a scene involving a smoke-and-sparks effect that was meant to show her character vanishing.

According to reports, when pyrotechnics were set off around Hamilton, the trap door on which she was standing failed to drop her out of sight, prompting crew members to quickly extinguish her burning witch costume.

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