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The New Wizard of Oz (1914)

His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (original title)
A wicked king has taken over the Emerald City, and wants his daughter, Princess Gloria, to marry the horrid courtier Googly-Goo, though she loves Pon, the Gardener's Boy. The camera now ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Violet MacMillan ... Dorothy Gale
Frank Moore ... The Scarecrow
Pierre Couderc ... The Tin Woodman
Fred Woodward ... The Cowardly Lion / The Kangaroo / The Crow / The Cow / The Mule
Raymond Russell ... King Krewl
Arthur Smollet ... Googly-Goo
J. Charles Haydon ... The Wizard of Oz (as J. Charles Hayden)
Todd Wright ... Pon
... Princess Gloria
Mai Wells ... Old Mombi (as Mae Wells)
... Button-Bright
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... Narrator of 1996 Version (voice)
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A wicked king has taken over the Emerald City, and wants his daughter, Princess Gloria, to marry the horrid courtier Googly-Goo, though she loves Pon, the Gardener's Boy. The camera now follows two farmers placing a Scarecrow upon a pole in a cornfield. Meanwhile, Pon rescues a Kansas girl named Dorothy from the evil witch Mombi, to whom Princess Gloria has been taken by King Krewl to freeze her heart so she will no longer love Pon. An Indian princess conducts a ceremony to bring the Scarecrow to life. Pon rescues the cold-hearted princess and they flee in search of help, discovering the Scarecrow (who promptly falls in love with the princess) and Button-Bright, a lost boy from America. They come to the castle of the Tin Emperor, Nick Chopper, and after oiling him, he falls in love with Gloria. After a bit of a chase aided by the Sawhorse and the Wizard, Mombi turns Pon into a Kangaroo, and a slew of Fred Woodward's animals battle it out. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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The Oz Film Company presents L. Frank Baum's famous comedy


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14 October 1914 (USA)  »

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His Majesty, the Scarecrow  »

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$23,500 (estimated)
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Violet MacMillan, who played "little girl" Dorothy, was 29 at the time of filming. This was her first "non-britches" film role, as she had played boys in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and The Magic Cloak (1914). See more »

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The Scarecrow's hat falls off and floats downstream when he is hanging over the creek. He is wearing it again in the next scene, at the Tin Woodman's castle. How did he get it back? See more »

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Featured in Wiz on Down the Road (1978) See more »

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Inept
5 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Baum's inept adaptation of a couple of his Oz books is a sad sight indeed. Shots are poorly framed, often excluding some of the actor's faces from view. The plot is moronic and the acting stale. The cast is much too large and he seems to throw in characters just to throw them in. The special effects are cheesy, especially when the Tin Woodsman chops off the Witch's head.

However, this silent film does feature an excellent performance by the man playing the Wizard and the young woman playing the Princess Ozma. There's a good, melodramatic concept, this young woman walking around with everyone left and right falling in love with her, and she being incapable of loving them back-- it makes for a good visual. But the rest of the film is just so incompetent that's it obscures its good points.


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