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 »
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 »
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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