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J. Farrell MacDonald
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Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.
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 unfunny and unfaithful adaptation of L. Frank Baum's wonderful book dumps every element of the story bar the title and a few character names. The Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Woodsman are nothing but disguises, Dorothy is supposed to be 18 here but looks about 40, and the movie's half over before the tornado shows up.
What's left is a monument to Larry Semon's titanic ego. He awards himself multiple roles, including a toymaker who appears in pointless bookend sequences, and stuffs the movie full of his somewhat incompetent brand of camera-hogging slapstick at the expense of anything resembling a magical fantasy.
The one and only reason to watch this dreadful film is the curiosity value of seeing Oliver Hardy in an early role.
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