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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy, Short | 24 March 1910 (USA)
An early version of the classic, based more on the 1902 stage musical than on the original novel.

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Dorothy Gale
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Wizard of Oz and King
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Aunt Em
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Scarecrow
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Momba
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Alvin Wyckoff
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Chased off by the antics of Hank the Mule, Dorothy ends up in her cornfield, where she realizes her family's Scarecrow is alive. She helps him down and he takes a tumble on the turnstyle. A cyclone soon arrives and leaves Dorothy, Scarecrow, Toto and Hank spinning around on a haystack, with Imogene the Cow flying soon after. Soon after their arrival, the Wizard of Oz issues a public decree that he is a humbug, to make sure no one ever finds out. Glinda pops up out of the background and transforms Toto into a man in a bulldog suit to serve as a better protector for Dorothy. Then they encounter the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and Eureka. Nevertheless, she is captured by Momba, the Wicked Witch of the West (suggesting Baum thought the other witches were Mombe, Mombo, and Mombu, in keeping with the council in _Queen Zixi of Ix_) and her flying lizards and soldiers. Dorothy defeats Momba, and they arrive at the Emerald City just in time for the Wizard's going away party. Written by Scott Andrew Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Many of the costumes and much of the make-up in this film resemble those used in the 1902 Broadway musical "The Wizard of Oz". None of the songs in this show, however, were used in The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »

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When Glinda appears, you can clearly see the actress jerking into position when the harness has stopped pulling her up. See more »

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Version of The Land of Oz, a Sequel to the 'Wizard of Oz' (1932) See more »

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They Did OK for the Time
27 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

The costumes and plot are from a stage performance of this classic. It is disjointed and sparse in its portrayal of the story of Dorothy Gale. All the regulars are there, even though we don't get to know them very well. I've not read the book, so are the brain, courage, and heart a part of the story. Also, what about the duplicity of the Wizard. All that aside, it is a memorable thirteen minutes. There are even song and dance numbers (though there is no sound). It was interesting to see Toto transformed into a huge dog so he could protect Dorothy. The scarecrow is the star of this adaptation. He has all the loose and frantic movies of his successors. The plot is a bit dense. It could have used a bit more of an acceptable story line.


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