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I once heard that originally Leo the Lion (the mascot for MGM) was going to play the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Is this true? What happened? Why didn't he end up playing him?

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    He neither sings nor dances as well as Bert Lahr. I doubt this is true. – James McLeod Jan 11 at 5:37
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    I can find multiple assertions to the real lion being considered but none of them have a citation or proof. – Paulie_D Jan 11 at 12:10
  • Perhaps Judy Garland was allergic to cats? – Steve-O Jan 11 at 14:42
  • Perhaps Judy Garland and others int he cast were allergic to cat scratch fever? Or big cat scratch fever? – M. A. Golding Jan 11 at 16:45

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