• The Munchkin
  • Black List 2014 Thriller Available
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Details
Market December 15, 2014
Agent Rob Herting, Tanya Cohen (Verve)
Manager Aaron Kaplan, Josh Goldenberg (Kaplan/Perrone)
Loglines
A little person private eye investigates the disappearance of a young actress in 1930’s Hollywood, leading him to uncover conspiracies revolving around “The Wizard of Oz” and MGM brass.
A private detective investigates the disappearance of a Munchkin actress on the set of "The Wizard of Oz".
Format
Genres
Drama, Historical, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Romance, Actor, Alcoholism, Behind The Scenes, Espionage/Spy, Film, Filmmaker/Filmmaking, Identity, Love, Performer, Private Investigator, Prostitution, Secrets, Undercover, Work Related, Workplace
Pages
121
Rated
PG-13
Budget
High
Lead
M Unspecified 40 Average
Similar
Rear Window, Trumbo, Hail Cesar
When
1939 / Several Weeks
Where
Takes place across Los Angeles in the golden era of Hollywood. Locations include theaters, hotels, bars, a detective agency, various houses and apartments, moving cars and limousines. Sections take place on the set of "The Wizard of Oz" with dozens of extras.

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Synopsis
JUDY GARLAND (16) attends the premiere of "The Wizard of Oz", with her overbearing mother ETHEL (40s). Elsewhere, VIC SHEA (40s), a little person private eye argues with his receptionist DORIS (29) an aspiring actress, over new clientele. A young girl asks Vic to investigate the disappearance of her cat, and he reluctantly agrees, desperate for money. He finds the cat and accepts the girl's piggy bank as payment, much to Doris' horror. Doris attempts to define their relationship, asking Vic if he loves her, but he refuses to answer, saying label's aren't important.

The next day, GERALDINE BUSBY (40s), comes to the office, saying that her daughter CLAUDETTE (16), a little person, has gone missing after working as a munchkin on "The Wizard of Oz". Vic initially declines, but after getting wasted (and nearly beaten to death by drunken goons), he agrees to look into the disappearance. He and Doris go to Claudette's apartment, where her landlady ANNE (30s) shows them to her room. With no leads, they go to LLOYD (30s), Doris' brother who happens to be a police officer, and ask to search public records for missing persons. With no luck, they go to MGM, where Vic manages...