The film is the biography of Frank Baum, the children's book author and creator of the fantasy world Oz.

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Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
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Al Badham / Cowardly Lion
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W.W. Denslow
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Harriet Alvena Baum Neal
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Dorothy Leslie Gage / Dorothy Gale
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Helen Leslie Gage Gage
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Charlie H. Gage
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Ned Brown / Farmer
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Frank Joslyn Baum (5-9 years) (as Tim Eyster)
Joshua Boyd ...
Frank Joslyn Baum (3 years)
Roger Steffens ...
Salesman (as Roger Steffans)
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Albert the Reporter
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The film is the biography of Frank Baum, the children's book author and creator of the fantasy world Oz.

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The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story  »

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The film depicts Baum acting on the stage when his father's theatre burned down. In reality, the theatre burned down during a production of his drawing room comedy, "Matches", while Baum was on tour as the male lead in another of his plays, "The Maid of Arran", and hence did not actually witness the fire. See more »

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In the film, Baum is shown as an extra in Hamlet when the theater burns down. In reality, Baum had played Hamlet on numerous occasions, and the play being performed the night of the fire was an original work by Baum titled Matches - all known copies of the script and other Baum originals were destroyed in that fire. Baum was performing in another theater the night of the fire, but he owned the one that burned. See more »

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Featured in The Hollywood Road to Oz (1990) See more »

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From the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Music by Harold Arlen and Herbert Stothart
Arranged by Herbert Stothart
Orchestrated by Murray Cutter
Played offscreen in final scene by the M-G-M Studio Orchestra
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Memories of Baum
21 November 2003 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

I know I enjoyed it too. I was watching the Wizard of OZ on TV and then I remember watching the made for TV movie on the life of L.Frank Baum on TV with the late John Ritter as Baum. I enjoyed it because it told of the real Dorthy, his neice I believe, he wrote it about and for, since Baum himself did not have any daughters. I think it was on ABC when it was originally broadcast so they might be the best bet if you want a video copy of it.


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