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The Wizard of Oz (1925)

TV-G | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 13 April 1925 (USA)
Dorothy, heir to the Oz throne, must take it back from the wicked Prime Minister Kruel with the help of three farmhands.

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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Dwan ...
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Aunt Em
Virginia Pearson ...
Lady Vishuss
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Prince Kynd
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Woodsman / Knight of the Garter / Farmhand (as Oliver N. Hardy)
William Hauber ...
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William Dinus ...
Undetermined Role
Frank Alexander ...
Uncle Henry / Prince of Whales
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Ambassador Wikked
Frederick Ko Vert ...
Phantom of the Basket (as Frederic Ko Vent)
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Spencer Bell ...
Cowardly Lion / Rastus / Snowball (as G. Howe Black)
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Storyline

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 Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Dorothy's note is signed "Pastoria". In the original Oz series, Pastoria was the father of Ozma, the present-day ruler of Oz. See more »

Goofs

The plane that brings Kruel's emissaries from Oz to Kansas is a triplane in the long shots of it in mid-air, but a biplane when it lands. See more »

Quotes

Prime Minister Kruel: Do your stuff, Wizzy!
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Connections

Version of The Wizard of Emerald City (1995) See more »

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excruciating (and full of stereotypes)
27 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

They just showed this on TCM.

I love silents, the more obscure the better, but this really tested my limits. It is a caricature of a silent picture. Pointless slapstick gags. Cardboard villains. A hair brained and kind of creepy heroine (she is 18 but dresses like an 8 year old). Hammy acting. Racist stereotypes, including enthusiastic watermelon eating. Also lots of negative typecasting of fat people.

The score by Robert Israel was the only redeeming feature, who has composed excellent scores for many silent pictures. I would say this movie is strictly for film scholars.


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