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The Dreamer of Oz (1990)

The film is the biography of Frank Baum, the children's book author and creator of the fantasy world Oz.

Director:

Jack Bender

Writers:

David Kirschner (story), Richard Matheson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... L. Frank Baum
Annette O'Toole ... Maud Gage Baum
Rue McClanahan ... Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Charles Haid ... Al Badham / Cowardly Lion
David Schramm ... W.W. Denslow
Nancy Lenehan ... Harriet Alvena Baum Neal
Courtney Barilla ... Dorothy Leslie Gage / Dorothy Gale
Nancy Morgan ... Helen Leslie Gage Gage
Pat Skipper ... Charlie H. Gage
Ed Gale ... Ned Brown / Farmer
Trevor Eyster ... Frank Joslyn Baum (5-9 years) (as Tim Eyster)
Joshua Boyd ... Frank Joslyn Baum (3 years)
Roger Steffens Roger Steffens ... Salesman (as Roger Steffans)
John Cameron Mitchell ... Albert the Reporter
Frank Hamilton ... Sullivan
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The film is the biography of Frank Baum, the children's book author and creator of the fantasy world Oz.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story See more »

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Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John Ritter (L. Frank Baum) and Jason Ritter (Harry Neal Baum) are father and son in real-life. Nancy Morgan (Helen Gage) is John Ritter's wife, and Jason Ritter's mother. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Baum is shown as an extra in Hamlet when the theater burns down. In reality, Baum had played Hamlet on numerous occasions, and the play being performed the night of the fire was an original work by Baum titled Matches - all known copies of the script and other Baum originals were destroyed in that fire. Baum was performing in another theater the night of the fire, but he owned the one that burned. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Hollywood Road to Oz (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title
From the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Music by Harold Arlen and Herbert Stothart
Arranged by Herbert Stothart
Orchestrated by Murray Cutter
Played offscreen in final scene by the M-G-M Studio Orchestra
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A rewatchable movie
29 March 2000 | by dfcurranSee all my reviews

If you've ever wondered why was Wizard of Oz written, you have to see this movie. It's a little sentimental, but it is inspiring. I'd often wondered why he named the little girl Dorothy--and here the sad story is revealed. The part where author goes to the publisher hoping he can get a little money for Christmas is worth watching for alone.


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