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A Toymaker tells a bizarre story about how the Land of Oz was ruled by Prince Kynd, but he was overthrown by Prime Minister Kruel. Dorothy learns from Aunt Em that fat, cruel Uncle Henry is not her uncle, and gives her a note due on her eighteenth birthday, which reveals she is actually Princess Dorothea of Oz, and is supposed to marry Prince Kynd. She, Uncle Henry , and two farmhands are swept to Oz by a tornado. Snowball, a black farmhand soon joins them after a lightning bolt chases him into the sky. They land in Oz, where the farmhands try to avoid capture. Semon becomes a scarecrow, Hardy briefly disguises himself as a Tin Woodman, and Snowball is given a Lion suit by the Wizard, which he uses to scare the Pumperdink guards. Written by
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This silent version of "The Wizard of Oz" has become one of the bonus features frequently included on home releases of the 1939 classic. It certainly isn't as good as the more well-known version. It can be intriguing due to the familiarizations you have with either the characters from the MGM film, or their counterparts in the L. Frank Baum books. "Dorothy" (Dwan) is a nubile teenager lusted after by others in the cast. "The Scarecrow" is her real-life husband and director Larry Semon, a once beloved comedian who died mysteriously. "The Tin Woodsman" is Oliver Hardy, before teaming up with Stan Laurel. And, the actor playing "The Cowardly Lion" is identified as "G. Howe Black" to highlight his skin pigmentation. Some of the visuals and stunts are good. But, the story isn't.
**** The Wizard of Oz (4/13/25) Larry Semon ~ Larry Semon, Dorothy Dwan, Bryant Washburn, Oliver Hardy
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