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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wizard of Oz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Selig Polyscope Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 whom 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 »

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Version of The Wizard of Emerald City (1995) See more »

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An interesting bit of film and "Oz" history!
1 June 2000 | by chucwillSee all my reviews

Though primitive by today's film-making standards (the animals are portrayed by humans crawling around on all fours in animal costumes, the storm-filled sky is little more than a revolving painted sheet), this early version of the L. Frank Baum classic is an interesting bit of film and Oz history. Though only ten minutes in length, it manages to capture the main points of the story in encapsulated form. Certain well-choreographed (albeit naive) dance numbers indicate that it may have been conceived as a musical long before the 1939 version, and 9-year-old Bebe Daniels (later the hard-boiled Broadway star in "42nd Street") is a competent actress.


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