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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Dwan ...
Dorothy / Princess Dorothea
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Virginia Pearson ...
Lady Vishuss
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Prince Kynd
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Prime Minister Kruel
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Woodsman / Knight of the Garter / Farmhand (as Oliver N. Hardy)
William Hauber ...
Undetermined Role
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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Scarecrow / Toymaker / Farmhand
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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Larry Semon, Oliver Hardy: Alone Either One Is Hilarious; Together They Are a Riot See more »


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13 April 1925 (USA)  »

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El mago de Oz  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First broadcast on television in a three-part serial on 8, 9, and 10 June 1931, by W2XCD, an early broadcaster owned by the DeForest Radio Company and based in Passaic, New Jersey. See more »

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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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Version of Oz: The Return to Emerald City See more »

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Absolutely terrible adaptation of a great book
23 July 2013 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

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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