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The Dreamer of Oz (1990)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, Family  |  10 December 1990 (USA)
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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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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
Frank Hamilton ...
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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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Ned Brown and Al Badham were completely fictitious characters with no real-life equivalent. A tall tale exists that Baum was challenged to a duel over mention of a bride's "roughish" smile in The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer (called the Dakota Pioneer in the film). In tellings previous to the film, both men ran from the duel at the sound of apparent gunshots. A version of this story first appears in print in Baum's 1912 novel, Aunt Jane's Niece's on Vacation, and was recounted for The Baum Bugle in a series of biographical articles by Harry Neal Baum. Nancy Tystad Koupal's research into the Pioneer (see the introduction to Our Landlady) shows that the only instance of "roughish" was in a story in which Baum recounted having unwittingly walked in on a community theatre rehearsal, and the smile of an actress. The film's depiction of "big" presented as "pig" was fictitious. The identity of the duelist, if the story is true, has never been identified, so the filmmakers had to invent a character, whom they named Al Badham, simply to present the anecdote. There is no indication that this story actually inspired the Cowardly Lion. 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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References The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908) See more »

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Main Title
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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Beautiful Lies.
12 November 2003 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

I remember this movie every time The Wizard of OZ is mentioned and was surprised to discover I was only six years old the one and only time I saw it. It is very clear in my mind still which is clearly a comment on the quality of the film. All of the performances were wonderful but I have one negative comment to make. I recently researched Dorothy Gage and discovered she died at only 5 months old, and although her name is the basis of Dorothy Gale's, the story was always meant to feature a girl not a little boy as the movie depicted.

The movie had the viewer believe that Baum had a strong attachment to a child when really Dorothy was an infant who his wife adored.

Even though the film is inaccurate the story is wonderful on it's own and I would recommend it to anyone as a partly non-fiction, partly fiction film.


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