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The Wizard of Oz (1925)

TV-G | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 13 April 1925 (USA)
Dorothy, heir to the Oz throne, must take it back from the wicked Prime Minister Kruel with the help of three farmhands.

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Complete credited cast:
... Dorothy / Princess Dorothea
... Aunt Em
Virginia Pearson ... Lady Vishuss
... Prince Kynd
... Prime Minister Kruel
... Wizard of Oz
... Woodsman / Knight of the Garter / Farmhand (as Oliver N. Hardy)
William Hauber ... Undetermined Role
William Dinus ... Undetermined Role
Frank Alexander ... Uncle Henry / Prince of Whales
... Ambassador Wikked
Frederick Ko Vert ... Phantom of the Basket (as Frederic Ko Vent)
... Scarecrow / Toymaker / Farmhand
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Spencer Bell ... Cowardly Lion / Rastus / Snowball (as G. Howe Black)
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A Toymaker tells a bizarre story about how the Land of Oz was ruled by Prince Kynd, but he was overthrown by Prime Minister Kruel. Dorothy learns from Aunt Em that fat, cruel Uncle Henry is not her uncle, and gives her a note due on her eighteenth birthday, which reveals she is actually Princess Dorothea of Oz, and is supposed to marry Prince Kynd. She, Uncle Henry , and two farmhands are swept to Oz by a tornado. Snowball, a black farmhand soon joins them after a lightning bolt chases him into the sky. They land in Oz, where the farmhands try to avoid capture. Semon becomes a scarecrow, Hardy briefly disguises himself as a Tin Woodman, and Snowball is given a Lion suit by the Wizard, which he uses to scare the Pumperdink guards. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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El mago de Oz  »

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1.33 : 1
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Dorothy is played by an actress who's actually named Dorothy. See more »

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The plane that brings Kruel's emissaries from Oz to Kansas is a triplane in the long shots of it in mid-air, but a biplane when it lands. See more »

Quotes

Prime Minister Kruel: Do your stuff, Wizzy!
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Featured in Return to Oz: The Joy That Got Away (2007) See more »

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Oy vey!
1 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

I approached this film with great interest. Being a fan of Oz in general and silent film in particular, this seemed like a sure fit. Well, it's hard to put all prejudices aside, having (like most people) been bombarded with various adaptations of L. Frank Baum's book that one naturally has preconceptions.

Now, I won't bother to comment on the liberties taken in this film, the 1939 film bears, in all truth, barely a passing resemblance to Baum's dark and bizarre novel. The problem is, the changes made for this film just don't work. It's really just a standard silent slapstick film, but not a very funny one.

It's hard to sit through 90 minutes of lame jokes and vulgar stereotypes. But, as a historical curiosity, the film merits a once-over. I cannot, however, endorse the release pictured on the IMDb page, with it's "Digital Soundtrack" and "Narration." The music is inappropriate and the narration is silly...I mean, I CAN read for myself thank you! It was like sitting in the theatre with some rude patron talking to the screen! I expect this was added for children watching the films, but I really don't think many young children today would sit through this, sadly.

See it at least once, but don't expect too much from it.


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