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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy, Short | 24 March 1910 (USA)
An early version of the classic, based more on the 1902 stage musical than on the original novel.

Director:

Otis Turner

Writers:

L. Frank Baum (novel), Otis Turner (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bebe Daniels ... Dorothy Gale
Hobart Bosworth ... Wizard of Oz and King
Eugenie Besserer ... Aunt Em
Robert Z. Leonard ... Scarecrow
Winifred Greenwood ... Momba
Lillian Leighton ... Union Enforcer
Olive Cox Olive Cox ... Glinda the Good
Alvin Wyckoff Alvin Wyckoff
Marcia Moore
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Storyline

Chased off by the antics of Hank the Mule, Dorothy ends up in her cornfield, where she realizes her family's Scarecrow is alive. She helps him down and he takes a tumble on the turnstyle. A cyclone soon arrives and leaves Dorothy, Scarecrow, Toto and Hank spinning around on a haystack, with Imogene the Cow flying soon after. Soon after their arrival, the Wizard of Oz issues a public decree that he is a humbug, to make sure no one ever finds out. Glinda pops up out of the background and transforms Toto into a man in a bulldog suit to serve as a better protector for Dorothy. Then they encounter the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and Eureka. Nevertheless, she is captured by Momba, the Wicked Witch of the West (suggesting Baum thought the other witches were Mombe, Mombo, and Mombu, in keeping with the council in _Queen Zixi of Ix_) and her flying lizards and soldiers. Dorothy defeats Momba, and they arrive at the Emerald City just in time for the Wizard's going away party. Written by Scott Andrew Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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The end credits to this oldest surviving 13-minute adaptation of the "Wizard of Oz" stories are missing. Therefore, there is no official verification of cast members. Best guesses for who played who are based on "Oz" trivia and film historians, which may or may not be accurate. See more »

Goofs

When Glinda appears, you can clearly see the actress jerking into position when the harness has stopped pulling her up. See more »

Connections

Version of The Wizard of Oz (1991) See more »

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so old it's almost surreal
4 July 2006 | by paulwlSee all my reviews

Dorothy, Scarecrow, and Toto bring a donkey and cow (played by Men In Suits) along with them in the cyclone (which is simulated by having them hug a big hay bale that turns around and around).

ALL THE INTERTITLES ARE IN GIANT BLOCK CAPITALS.

Toto is a real dog who turns into Man In A Suit #3 to fight the lion (Man In A Suit #4), who is not cowardly at all.

There is a line of chorus girls and another of palace guards. At the end, the guards ride in on REAL HORSES, which makes the Men In Suits (by now including #5, bug, and #6, frog, from the Wicked Witch's lair, and #7, kitty cat, who otherwise has no apparent role in the action) look really, really lame.

The cast of thousands and elaborate sets make you wonder why no one had yet thought of MULTIPLE CAMERAS, and EDITING. But that was a concept they obviously couldn't wrap their minds around, back in 1910. Who knows - maybe a second camera would have cost more than all the actors, dancers, horses, and animal costumes put together.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

24 March 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wizard of Oz See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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