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The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)

Ojo and Unc Nunkie are out of food, so they decide to journey to the Emerald City where they will never starve. Along the way, they meet Mewel, a waif and stray (mule) who leads them to Dr.... See full summary »

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L. Frank Baum (novel), L. Frank Baum (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Violet MacMillan ... Ojo, a Munchkin Boy
Frank Moore Frank Moore ... Unc Nunkie, Ojo's Guardian
Raymond Russell Raymond Russell ... Dr. Pipt, the Crooked Magician
Leontine Dranet Leontine Dranet ... Margolotte, his wife, who makes the Patchwork Girl (as Haras Dranet)
Bobbie Gould Bobbie Gould ... Jesseva, his daughter, betrothed to Danx
Marie Wayne Marie Wayne ... Jinjur, a Maid in the Emerald City
Richard Rosson Richard Rosson ... Danx, a Noble Munchkin (as Dick Rosson)
Frank Bristol Frank Bristol ... The Soldier with the Green Whiskers (Omby Amby)
Fred Woodward Fred Woodward ... The Woozy, a Quaintness / The Zoop, A Mystery / Mewel, who is Everybody's Friend
Todd Wright Todd Wright ... The Wizard of Oz
Bert Glennon ... The Scarecrow (as Herbert Glennon)
Hal Roach ... The Cowardly Lion / Tottenhot (as Al Roach)
Dave Anderson Dave Anderson ... The Hungry Tiger (as Andy Anderson)
Jessie May Walsh Jessie May Walsh ... Ozma of Oz, the Ruler of the Emerald City
William Cook William Cook ... The Royal Chamberlain
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Ojo and Unc Nunkie are out of food, so they decide to journey to the Emerald City where they will never starve. Along the way, they meet Mewel, a waif and stray (mule) who leads them to Dr. Pipt, who has been stirring the powder of life for nine years. Ojo adds plenty of brains to Margolotte's Patchwork servant before she is brought to life with the powder. When Scraps does come to life, she accidentally knocks the liquid of petrifaction upon Unc Nunkie, Margolotte, and Danx (daughter Jesseva's boyfriend). So all go on separate journeys to find the ingredients to the antidote. (Of course Jesseva has Danx shrunken to take with her, which causes trouble with Jinjur.) Of course, no one ever told Ojo that some of the ingredients were illegal to obtain... Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ragged Girl of Oz See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Harold Lloyd and Hal Roach, who both have minor roles in this film, met on this set in San Diego. Roach was impressed by Lloyd's energy and sought him out when he formed a production company in 1915 after receiving a small inheritance. Although their association was stormy, their association was ultimately one of the most successful in silent film history. See more »

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The character of Ojo is stated several times to be a boy, but is referred to as a girl in one of the dialogue caption cards. See more »

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Referenced in After Hours (1985) See more »

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Childish
13 August 2005 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

"The Patchwork Girl of Oz" is one of the three Oz films produced by author L. Frank Baum's own production company. And, as to be expected, it's childish for sure. Supposedly, there's humor in characters jumping around and moving about erratically. Violet MacMillan plays a munchkin boy, but is very obviously a woman. Additionally, the static shots from a stationary camera make it a typically primitive film from 1914. But, there is also some inventive fantasy design--in the story, its odd places and characters, the costumes (even the silly animal ones) and the sets. The trick shots, such as stop-motion animation, are very basic, even for 1914, but nothing more was needed.

Children of today could still probably have fun watching this, but even for adults addicted to silent films, like myself, it may be too childish. Yet, they transferred the fantasy from the book very well and that made it worth a look for me. And, the film's faithfulness to the book shouldn't be in question, as Baum worked on this adaptation himself. It's also interesting how far back children's movies and fantasies go in film history. It's been sometime since I saw the two follow-ups to this film: "The Magic Cloak of Oz" and "His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz", but I remember them as more of the same.


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