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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10 December 1990 (USA)  »

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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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Kenneth Gage Baum, the Baum's fourth son, was omitted from the film, although he was present for much of the time period that the film shows. 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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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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