Did Billy Barty, Patty Maloney, or Zelda Rubinstein play a Munchkin in The Movie?
No, none of these now well-known actors appeared in The Movie, as they were all too young. Barty came close, but was turned down when it was discovered that he was only thirteen. Maloney and Rubinstein didn’t even begin their acting careers until much later. All three appear in Under the Rainbow, however, a 1981 Chevy Chase comedy that was, in part, a highly fictionalized account of the Munchkins’ arrival at MGM and the making of The Movie. Barty, in fact, had one of the lead roles, and it was Rubinstein’s first film.